More than 540,000 software testing certification exams worldwide

The International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB®) is proud to announce that, as of March 2015, more than 540,000 software testing certification exams has taken place worldwide.

ISTQB® has issued 400,000 certifications in 100 countries worldwide

As of March 2015, ISTQB® has issued almost 400,000 certifications in 100 countries world-wide.

The scheme relies on a Body of Knowledge (Syllabi and Glossary) and exam rules that are applied consistently all over the world, with exams and supporting material being available in many languages.

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Learn everything about ISTQB® Certifications

First of all, find out why it is important choosing ISTQB® Certification through the description of its features and benefits.
Then, discover all the ISTQB® Certifications.

See more in www.istqb.org/certification-path-root.html

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FiSTB TESTING ASSEMBLY 23.–24.9.2015, Helsinki

FiSTB Testing Assembly is a two-day event this year at Hotel Presidentti (http://www.sokoshotelpresidentti.fi/).

We expect to get 200+ people to the seminar on Thursday 24.9. Theme of the seminar is Agile Testing – What can we learn from agile testing in startup companies. Keynote speakers will be Janet Gregory and Pekka Hyysalo!

On Wednesday 23.9 we will organize a tutorial day with Janet Gregory, where participants are limited to 30 people. You have a possibility to take an ISTQB® certification exam after the seminar on 24.9.

Seminar is for free for FiSTB members, ISTQB®/ISEB-certificate holders and TestausOSY/FAST-members.

For others the participation fee is 100€. The tutorial and exams have separate pricing.

Location: Helsinki, Finland

More info in testingassembly.fistb.fi

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Italian Software Testing Forum 2015 on 15-17 June 2015

The Italian Software Testing Forum is the only event in Italy dedicated to Software Services and Quality, where international experts from the industry and the academia will share experiences, knowledge and ideas.


The event is organized during three days: the first two days are dedicated to Tutorials held by international Gurus on the most interesting and innovative topic in the field of Software Testing and Quality. 

During the third day, the Conference and Expo will take place with the participation of important product companies, as well as system integrators/consulting providers and training/exam providers.

Location: Milan, Italy

More info at www.swtestingforum.org

 

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ANZTB Test 2015: Advancing Testing Expertise Conference on 22 May 2015

ANZTB Test 2015 is a single day conference featuring international and local guest speakers sharing their experience and thoughts on current software testing topics relevant to today's industry.

With a focus on gaming, mobility and usability, this year's conference will be an event not to be missed.

The conference is suitable for all IT professionals who have an interest in software testing, and anyone looking to advance their skills and knowledge in these currently trending areas of technology.

Location: Rendezvous Grand Hotel, Auckland - Australia

More info in http://anztb.org/eventdetails.php?event=111

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ISTQB® is happy to welcome CN Group CZ s.r.o to the Platinum Partnership level!

CN Group CZ s.r.o. has upgraded Partnership from Gold to Platinum level.
See www.cncz.cz

Become a partner? Get more information in www.istqb.org/partner

 

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There's still time to answer our survey until 15th of May!

ISTQB ® is proud to invite you to take part in a survey to assess the current trends in the testing industry.

By completing this survey, you will:

  • contribute to a better understanding of the software testing industry,
  • help decision makers make the right investments,
  • help you make more informed career decisions,
  • see the software testing trends in industry.

To thank you and to recognize your valuable contribution, you will receive an email with a summary of the results one month in advance of the report becoming publicly available.

Do you need help in terms of testing? Try our new ISTQB® Glossary Application

Try our new ISTQB® Glossary Application to find out the meaning of different testing terms.

Try it here http://astqb.org/glossary/

 

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Global pass-rate of ISTQB® exams

ISTQB® exams are designed and monitored according to strict, internationally consistent, criteria.

They are based on a precisely defined number of questions, varying depending on certification level, and a distribution of questions across the syllabi, according to topics and K-Levels.

The global pass-rate of ISTQB® exams (world-wide average since inception) is reported here: http://www.istqb.org/exams-root.html

 

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Remember our survey about the current trends in the testing industry

ISTQB ® is proud to invite you to take part in a survey to assess the current trends in the testing industry.

By completing this survey (http://sgiz.mobi/s3/WSTR2015), you will:

  • contribute to a better understanding of the software testing industry,
  • help decision makers make the right investments,
  • help you make more informed career decisions,
  • see the software testing trends in industry.

To thank you and to recognize your valuable contribution, you will receive an email with a summary of the results one month in advance of the report becoming publicly available.

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ISTQB® General Assembly will meet in October 23rd 2015 in Shanghai

ISTQB® General Assembly will meet in October 23rd 2015 in Shanghai, China.

The meeting will be preceded by working group meetings as well as an international conference.

 

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Gualtiero Bazzana from Italy is the new president of ISTQB®

The General Assembly meeting of ISTQB® - the International Software Testing Qualifications Board - was held in Tel-Aviv, Israel on Thursday 26th of March 2015.
During this meeting, elections for the new Executive Committee for ISTQB® were conducted.

ISTQB® has chosen Mr. Gualtiero Bazzana, chairman of ITA-STQB – the Italian Testing Board and a respected figure in software testing internationally, to be its new elected President for 2015-2017.
Gualtiero Bazzana has been active in ISTQB® since 2007, acting as the Chair of the Marketing Working Group since 2011.

Alongside the election of a new President ISTQB® also:

  • re-elected the former ISTQB® President Mr. Yaron Tsubery from the Israeli Testing Certification Board (ITCB®) as Vice President
  • elected Mr. Kari Kakkonen from the Finnish Software Testing Board (FiSTB) as Treasurer
  • elected Mr. Geoff Thompson from the UK Testing Board (UKTB) as Secretary.

Read the Press Release for more information

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More than 500,000 software testing certification exams worldwide

The International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB®) is proud to announce that, as of December 2014, more than 500,000 software testing certification exams has taken place worldwide.

 

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ISTQB® has issued 380,000 certifications in more than 100 countries worldwide

As of December 2014, ISTQB® has issued 380,000 certifications in more than 100 countries world-wide, with a growth rate of more than 13,000 certifications per quarter.

The scheme relies on a Body of Knowledge (Syllabi and Glossary) and exam rules that are applied consistently all over the world, with exams and supporting material being available in many languages.

See more facts & figures: http://www.istqb.org/about-istqb/facts-and-figures.html

 

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Why Advanced Level?

The Advanced Level qualification is aimed at people who have achieved an advanced point in their careers in software testing. This includes people in roles such as testers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers and software developers.

This Advanced Level qualification is also appropriate for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of software testing, such as project managers, quality managers, software development managers, business analysts, IT directors and management consultants.

To receive Advanced Level certification, candidates must hold the Foundation Certificate and satisfy the Exam Board which examines them that they have sufficient practical experience to be considered Advanced Level qualified. Refer to the relevant Exam Board to understand their specific practical experience criteria.

See more in http://www.istqb.org/certification-path-root/advanced-level/advanced-level-in-a-nutshell.html

 

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Why Agile Tester extension?

Agile testing is a relatively new approach to software testing that follows the principles of agile software development as outlined in the Agile Manifesto.

A tester on an Agile project will work differently than one working on a traditional project. Testers must understand the values and principles that underpin Agile projects, and how testers are an integral part of a whole-team approach together with developers and business representatives. There is a lot of confusion concerning agile testing – which means there's an educational opportunity as well.

The Agile Extension will give the tester the knowledge to be part of agile testing teams and achieve high performance.

See more in http://www.istqb.org/certification-path-root/agile-tester-extension/agile-tester-extension-in-a-nutshell.html

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Remember our survey about the current trends in the testing industry

ISTQB ® is proud to invite you to take part in a survey to assess the current trends in the testing industry.

By completing this survey (http://sgiz.mobi/s3/WSTR2015), you will:

  • contribute to a better understanding of the software testing industry,
  • help decision makers make the right investments,
  • help you make more informed career decisions,
  • see the software testing trends in industry.

To thank you and to recognize your valuable contribution, you will receive an email with a summary of the results one month in advance of the report becoming publicly available.

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ISTQB® is happy to welcome Belatrix Software to its Partner program!

Belatrix Software has joined the program at the Silver Partnership level.

See www.belatrixsf.com

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ISTQB® is happy to welcome Evry Asa to its Partner program!

Evry Asa has joined the program at the Platinum Partnership level.


See http://www.evry.com/

 

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ISTQB® is proud to invite you to take part in a survey!

ISTQB ® is proud to invite you to take part in a survey to assess the current trends in the testing industry. By completing this survey (http://sgiz.mobi/s3/WSTR2015/), you will:

  • contribute to a better understanding of the software testing industry,
  • help decision makers make the right investments,
  • help you make more informed career decisions,
  • see the software testing trends in industry.

To thank you and to recognize your valuable contribution, you will receive an email with a summary of the results one month in advance of the report becoming publicly available.

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ISTQB® Certification - Benefits for Companies

  • ISTQB® certification can provide a competitive advantage for companies, promising a higher level of reliability of the applications being developed due to efficient and cost effective testing practices derived from the ISTQB® competencies
  • Consulting companies with certified staff can offer higher-level services to customers, increasing revenues and brand value
  • ISTQB® has defined a “Partner Program” for companies that engage a large number of certified testers

See more interesting topics here www.istqb.org/about-istqb/istqb-slides.html

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ISTQB® Certification - Benefits for Professionals

  • International recognition of acquired competencies and skills
  • Authorized to use the "Certified Tester" logo (specifying the level of certification)
  • Whole of career path support, from Foundation to Expert level
  • Higher appeal in the labor market

See more interesting topics here www.istqb.org/about-istqb/istqb-slides.html

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ISTQB® General Assembly will meet in October 2015 in China

ISTQB® General Assembly will meet in October 2015 in Shanghai, China.

The meeting will be preceded by Working Groups meetings as well as an International Conference.

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ISTQB® General Assembly will meet in June 12h 2015 in Denmark

ISTQB® General Assembly will meet in June 12th 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The meeting will be preceded by Working Groups meetings as well as an International Conference.

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ISTQB® General Assembly will meet in March 26th 2015 in Israel

ISTQB® General Assembly will meet in March 26th 2015 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The meeting will be preceded by Working Groups meetings as well as an International Conference.

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ISTQB® is happy to welcome Symbio Finland Oy to its Partner program!

Symbio Finland Oy has joined the program at the Platinum Partnership level.

See http://www.awsys-i.com/ 

Shortage of skilled testing resources ISTQB® Certification can help!

Technavio, an independent technology research and advisory company, analyzed the key challenges faced by the Global Software Testing Services market, highlighting in particular the “Shortage of Skilled Labor”.

  • The Global Pure Play Software Testing Services market is growing rapidly, thus increasing the demand for skilled labor. However, this has created a disparity in supply and demand, as a result of which, sourcing and retaining skilled labor has become a challenge.
  • The shortage of availability of required skills is now becoming a major challenge for the software testing organizations.

(Global Software Testing Services Market 2011-2015, Technavio)

 

See the latest ISTQB® in a Nutshell presentation here: http://www.slideshare.net/ISTQBORG?atl_token=4lFQ1891qx 

Increasing productivity of SW projects ISTQB® certification can help!

Software engineering and software project management are complex activities. Both software development and software management have dozens of methodologies and scores of tools available that are beneficial. In addition, there are quite a few methods and practices that have been shown to be harmful.

In order to evaluate the effectiveness or harm of various methods and practices Capers Jones has developed a scoring method. The data for the scoring comes from observations among about 150 Fortune 500 companies, some 400 smaller companies, and 30 government organizations. Negative scores also include data from 15 lawsuits. The rankings are based on about 20,000 projects that span 50 industries and 24 countries. The analysis is based on the author's book Software Engineering Best Practices published by McGraw Hill in 2010. Some new data is taken from The Economics of Software Quality published by Addison Wesley in 2012. This version is current through mid-2014.

See the latest ISTQB® in a Nutshell presentation here http://www.slideshare.net/ISTQBORG?atl_token=4lFQ1891qx

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In the Year 2014!

2014 was a pretty intensive year for the ISTQB®, resulting in many visible outcomes amongst which:

Share your expectations for 2015 with us and, please remember to join and follow official ISTQB® social media communities!

ISTQB® Effectiveness survey

According to the ISTQB® Effectiveness survey in addition to Agile Testing, the following have emerged as the most important topics for the future: Performance Testing, Testing for Mobile Devices, and Usability Testing. See the full report here

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ISTQB® Effectiveness Survey

According to the ISTQB® Effectiveness survey approximately 70% of Test Managers consider it important to obtain Advanced Level certifications, and this opinion is shared by 63% of Test Engineers. See the full report.

ISTQB® Effectiveness survey

According to the ISTQB® Effectiveness survey Test Managers would like to have most of their staff certified at the Foundation Level. See the full report.

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