ISTQB® Cookies Policy

1. Introduction

1.1 ISTQB® is a is a not-for-profit association registered under Belgian law with registration number 0889.625.305 and with its registered office at 280, Boulevard du Souverain, 1160 Brussels.

1.2 As is further set out below, we use cookies on the ISQTB® website ("Website"), including the Successful Candidate Register pages, to provide us with data about website traffic and interactions so that we can offer better website experiences in the future.

1.3 If you have any questions about how we collect, store, transfer and use your personal information, please read our privacy notice which is accessible via the following link: If you have any questions about how we use cookies, please contact us via the ISTQB Secretariat by any of the following means:

Telephone: +32 2 320 2537


Post: Boulevard du Souverain 280, B – 1160 Brussels, Belgium

1.4 Other than for Google Analytics cookies for which we seek your explicit consent, by using the ISTQB® website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this Cookie Policy and the ISTQB privacy notice.

2. About cookies

2.1 Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your device’s hard drive through your web browser, if allowed by you, and that enables the websites or service providers systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information.

2.2 Cookies can be temporary or permanent. Temporary cookies are only temporarily stored in your browser or application. As soon as you close and leave your browser or application, those cookies will be deleted. Permanent cookies remain on your computer or mobile device, even if you close the browser or the application. Permanent cookies make it possible to recognize you during subsequent visits to the website or application. Permanent cookies remain on your device until their end date is reached, until a new cookie is installed, or until you delete them in your settings of your browser, application or mobile device.

2.3 First-party cookies are cookies that ISTQB® manages and that are specific to the visited or used online service. Third party cookies are cookies that are managed and placed by a third party. This happens during your visit or use of the website. Third party cookies ensure that certain information is sent to third parties by your visit to the website.

2.4 We do not ask your permission for the use of necessary cookies and functional cookies which are necessary for the operation of the website and to ensure that the website functions properly. However, the use of performance and analysis cookies and social media cookies require your consent which we collect via our cookie banner on the homepage. Performance and analysis cookies collect information about the way visitors use our website. This is done with the intention to improve the content of our websites, to further adapt it to the wishes of the visitors and to increase the usability of our websites. Websites may also implement so-called embedded elements (“social media buttons”) of other third parties, such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Such cookies are referred to as “social media cookies” and are used to integrate social media into the website via plug-ins. These third parties may be able to install their cookies on your device and subsequently gather information relating to your online activities, due to the fact that your browser connects to their web servers to retrieve that content.

3. Our cookies

3.1 Joomla Session Cookies

The Website is powered by the Joomla Content Management System (CMS). By default, the Joomla CMS automatically installs a so-called "session" cookie into your web browser as soon as you visit our Website. A session cookie is a temporary cookie that lasts only for the duration of your visit of our Website. It is deleted as soon as you close your web browser. This cookie is used for tracking the existence of your session on the Website and to validate your access to different parts of the Website.

3.2 Google Analytics Cookies

The ISTQB® website uses Google Analytics. Google Analytics is a service which uses cookies to help website owners monitor the number of people that visit their website and to analyse how they use it. Google Analytics provides basic information such as how many people have visited a website, which pages they viewed and the average time people spent on a given site.

The information generated by the Google Analytics cookie about your use of the ISTQB® website is transmitted to Google and information will be stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of our website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to the ISTQB® website activity and internet usage.

You can read Google's overview of privacy and safeguarding data here.

Cookie Name Expiration Time Description
_ga 2 years Used to distinguish users
_gid 24 hours Used to distinguish users
_gat 10 minutes Used to throttle request rate

3.3 Cloudflare Cookies

The __cfduid cookie is used to override any security restrictions based on the IP address the visitor is coming from. For example, if the visitor is in a coffee shop where there are a bunch of infected machines, but the visitor's machine is known trusted, then the cookie can override the security setting. It does not correspond to any userid in the web application, nor does the cookie store any personally identifiable information. Note: This cookie is strictly necessary for site security operations and can't be turned off.

3.4 Third party use of cookies on the Website

As indicated above, ISTQB uses cookies for the purposes set out in this Cookie Policy. Please note that third parties may also set cookies when you visit our Website. This is because our Website contains links, such as for instance social media buttons, from third parties. These third parties may be able to install their cookies on your device and subsequently gather information relating to your online activities, due to the fact that your browser connects to their web servers to retrieve that content. Please note that this Cookie Policy applies only to the cookies that we collect through this website and that we cannot be responsible for cookies that third parties may collect, store and use. You should always carefully read the privacy notice of each website you visit.

4. Disabling/ Enabling Cookies

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. You can also manually remove cookies from your system. For more information on disabling and enabling cookies you should search for or lookup 'Cookies' in your Operating System Documentation. Please be informed that when you disable cookies, certain graphics may no longer appear correctly, or that you may be unable to use certain functions or applications of this Website.

Keep in mind that disabling cookies may result in certain graphic elements or applications on the website working less well. ISTQB® does everything necessary to guarantee the proper functioning of the website. Certain elements of the website, however, require the use of cookies.