ISTQB® Recognized Mobile App

ISTQB® created the "ISTQB® Recognized Mobile App" in order to promote those applications that are based on ISTQB® referenced information. Any person or entity can apply to have an ISTQB® recognized App and the app will be reviewed by the ISTQB® that will check the certain criteria. Read more about the criteria and other details here.

ISTQB® General Assemby meetings in 2013

ISTQB® operates through a General Assembly, an Executive Committee and a number of Working Groups (WGs). ISTQB® constitution defines that the General Assembly (GA) has the power to approve the objectives and activities of the association; as such, it is the most important body of ISTQB®. The GA ensuring a democratic and transparent approach that is a hallmark of the ISTQB®. Next ISTQB® GA meetings will respect the "rotation" across the various continents and are planned as follows:

  • 12th April, 2013: Toronto, Canada
  • 23rd August, 2013: Helsinki, Finland
  • November, 2013: Lisbon, Portugal

Chapter 5 in Advanced Level Syllabus 2012 - Test Manager: Improving the Testing Process

Testing often accounts for a major part of the total project costs. However, only limited attention is given to the test process in the various software process improvement models. Process improvements are relevant to the software development process as well as to the testing process. Learning from one's own mistakes makes it possible to improve the process that organizations are using to develop and test software. Learn more and download the Syllabus here.

Chapter 4.3 in Advanced Level Syllabus 2012 - Test Manager: Defect Report Information

When a defect is detected (as part of static testing), or a failure is observed (as part of dynamic testing), data should be gathered by the person(s) involved and included in the defect report. This information should suffice for three purposes: 1. Management of the report through the defect lifecycle 2. Assessment of project status, especially in terms of product quality, and test progress 3. Assessment of process capability (as discussed in Section 4.4) Learn more and download the Syllabus here.

Chapter 4 in Advanced Level Syllabus 2012 - Test Manager: Defect Management

An organization's defect management process and the tool used to manage this work are of critical importance not only to the test team but to all teams involved in the development of software. Defects may be introduced at any point in the software development lifecycle and in any software-related work product. Therefore, each phase of the software development lifecycle should include activities to detect and remove potential defects. Learn more and download the Syllabus here.

The Winner of 2012 "ISTQB® International Software Testing Excellence Award" Dorothy Graham was awarded in London

ISTQB® awarded Dorothy for her notable contributions to the improvement of software quality and software testing. The ceremony was held on December 2012 in London with the presence of Marketing Working Group Chair, ISTQB® President and UKTB President. See the picture below and read more about the Award here.


graham ceremony

Taking shape! Career paths for testing (and how ISTQB® provides this career path)

Career paths for testers is a hot topic. As the demand for skills steadily increases, companies are looking for ways to get testing staff with top skills. As we all know, these skills don't just grow on trees; they have to be built up over time. Having a defined career path for testers to follow is a great way to encourage the development of these top testing skills. The International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB®) provides this career path. Read the blog here.

Chapter 3 in Advanced Level Syllabus 2012 - Test Manager: Reviews

Since reviews are a form of static testing, Test Managers may be responsible for their overall success, particularly in respect of testware products. In the wider context of software projects, however, this responsibility should be a matter of organizational policy. Given the possible widespread application of formal reviews across many disciplines, both before and within software projects, the responsible party may be a Test Manager, or a Quality Assurance Manager, or a trained Review Coordinator. Learn more and download the Syllabus here.

Chapter 2 in Advanced Level Syllabus 2012 - Test Manager: Test Management

A central responsibility of a manager is to secure and utilize resources (people, software, hardware, infrastructure, etc.) to carry out value-adding processes. For software and IT managers, the processes are often part of a project or a program aimed at delivering software or a system for internal or external use. Learn more and download the Syllabus here.

Chapter 1 in Advanced Level Syllabus 2012 - Test Manager: Testing process

For each test level, test planning starts at the initiation of the test process for that level and continues
throughout the project until the completion of closure activities for that level. It involves the
identification of the activities and resources required to meet the mission and objectives identified in
the test strategy. See more about planning and other phases and download the Syllabus here.

Use Eligibility Grid For calculating your Partner Program Level!

The Program comprises four levels of partnerships (Silver, Gold, Platinum and Global) and the partnership level of an organisation is determined through the number of certification points it has accumulated. The Eligibility Grid will calculate your ISTQB® Partner Program level, based on the number of certifications in your organisation.
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The new 2012 ISTQB® Advanced Level consists an overview plus 3 different documents

The release consists of an overview document plus 3 separate, distinct syllabi for Advanced Test Manager, Advanced Test Analyst and Advanced Technical Test Analyst. An overview of the main changes in the 2012 version compared with the 2007 version can be found in the news document published in May 2012 regarding the new 2012 ISTQB® Advanced Level at

Read the Press Release here.

Who can become a Partner?

Organisations may be eligible to become ISTQB® Partners if they have employees or external consultants working for them who provided services for more than 70% of their time and have passed ISTQB® certification exams. This applies equally to training providers. See more here

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The release of the 2012 Advanced Level product represents a major milestone

Mike Smith, Chair of the ISTQB® Advanced Level Working Group (ALWG), says "the release of the 2012 Advanced Level product represents a major milestone, and is the culmination of a lot of hard work by many people across the world over the past 2 years. Business Outcomes are now the driver for the 2012 Advanced Level Syllabi. These provide clearly defined statements about the capabilities of anyone achieving Advanced Level Certification, enabling employers to match the profile of certified testers to their business requirements. These statements are verified by examinable Learning Objectives which are traceable to the Business Outcomes. Further to this, the careful scoping of Advanced between Foundation and Expert Levels in the ISTQB® scheme, enables businesses and testing professionals to map out career development paths".

Read the Press Release here

ISTQB Partner Program
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ISTQB International Conference Network
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