ISTQB® Partner Program is launched. See more detailed information in our web site istqb.org/partner
As of March 31, 2012, The ISTQB® has issued more than 240 000 certifications worldwide. Read more information in our website www.istqb.org
Submissions are open for the ISTQB® Excellence Award 2012, a prize given annually to a person or company that has made outstanding contributions to the innovation, research and awareness in the field of software quality and testing. http://awards.istqb.org
A long-awaited upgrade of the 2007 Advanced Level syllabus is approaching market readiness. Following market surveys of various stakeholders including training providers, businesses, and students, the scoping work commenced which has led to the creation of the 2012 version of the Advanced Level syllabus. This document provides a brief overview of the changes made and the release plan being followed by ISTQB®.
ISTQB® announces to have issued more than 200.000 certificates world-wide.
The document can be found here.
The ISTQB® General Assembly (GA) meets in Wellington, New Zealand next week. It is the first time the GA will meet in New Zealand and this will be the first GA of the year 2012 where the elections for the working groups will take place.
Stay tuned for more news on the GA over the next weeks.
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:
ISTQB® aims at providing uniform processes world-wide through its Member Boards; in order to ensure this goal and to collect improvement opportunities for fine tuning the scheme, ISTQB® has finalized an Audit Process that has started to be applied to its Member Boards.
ISTQB® announce the creation of an ISTQB® International Testing Award that will be assigned yearly starting from 2012 to a prominent person in the field of software testing; more details on the eligibility process will be made available in due course.
ISTQB® kicks-off activities for the creation of a comprehensive and consistent TBOK, by packaging/ enhancing the existing Glossary and Syllabi as well as incorporating the Syllabi undergoing development and additional sources of information. It is expected that the TBOK will be publicly available within two years.
The Glossary Working Group is enhancing the ISTQB® Glossary by adding new terms coming from the Expert Level syllabi as well as fine tuning existing terms; the new Version 2.2 is planned to be published in June 2012.
The ISTQB® General Assembly in Shanghai approves an enhanced set of rules related to the Exam Structure and the Exam Question Writing Rules and Recommendations; the adoption of such rules by the Member Boards and Exam Providers will further enhance the consistency of exams at international level.
ISTQB® publishes a sample exam for the Certified Tester Expert Level Test Manager; the document is intended for public availability and is aimed at providing to the candidates an example of what is expected from them in order to achieve the Expert Level certification. For the first time, an ISTQB® exam includes also essay-type questions in addition to the multiple-choice format of Foundations and Advanced level.
To access the Certified Tester Expert Level Test Manager sample exam documents please click here.
The ISTQB® Expert Level "Test Manager" syllabus is approved for official release as version 2011.
The ISTQB® announces the full release of the Expert Level Syllabus "Improving the Testing Process"; it is foreseen that training and exams will start during 2012.
The ISTQB® Advanced Level Working Group defines the structure, contents, learning objectives, entry requirements and training duration of a new version of the Advanced Level Syllabus, whose general availability and deployment is planned for 2012. The ISTQB® will publicly issue within short time a summary document giving an overview of the 2012 Advanced Level Syllabus and the main differences with respect to the current version.
The ISTQB® institutionalizes a Product Development Steering Committee (PDSC) aimed at defining the roadmap for the ISTQB® overall Product Architecture roadmap (Syllabi and their relationships) as well as its deployment plan; the PDSC will gather together the ISTQB® Executives, the Chairs of the Working Groups working on Glossary and Syllabi, as well as Marketing and Exam WG Chairs; ISTQB® expects that this will lead to an optimized evolution of syllabi and other ISTQB® key deliverables in accordance with market needs.
The ISTQB® General Assembly in Shanghai approves an enhanced definition of the ISTQB® Core Values, that are summarized as follows: Professionalism; Knowledge sharing; Continuous learning; Openness; Non-profit independency; Integrity; Active member boards; Consistency; International presence.
The ISTQB® General Assembly in Shanghai approves a more focused definition of the ISTQB® Mission, consisting of 10 activities that can be read in details on the ISTQB® Web Site.
The ISTQB® General Assembly in Shanghai approves an enhanced definition of the ISTQB® Vision: "To continually improve and advance the software testing profession by defining and maintaining a Body of Knowledge which allows testers to be certified, based on best practices, connecting the international software testing community, and encouraging research".
Following the increasing demand by the Testing Community to interact with and discuss on ISTQB® related topics, ISTQB® strengthens its presence on some of the most used Social Networks and Communication Channels world-wide, including: Facebook, Linkedin, XING, YouTube, SlideShare and Twitter. By joining them, you will be able to receive official updates from ISTQB®, interact directly with ISTQB® officers and members, contribute to further development of the ISTQB® scheme and be informed about events and other news.
ISTQB® will celebrates its 10 Year Anniversary in 2012. In this period the "ISTQB® Certified Tester" scheme has become the de facto reference for certification of software testing professionals world-wide. ISTQB® would like to thank all the Certified Testers and the principal stakeholders of the scheme (Member Boards, Training Providers, Exam Providers, IT and user companies) for having contributed to such a remarkable result. ISTQB® will take the opportunity during its 10 Years Anniversary to organize a series of special activities that will be announced throughout 2012 and that are expected to pave the way towards new achievements; stay tuned on the ISTQB® Web Site and Social Networks to be promptly informed about the upcoming events.
ISTQB® publishes a slide set summarizing the principles and road map of the Expert Level. To view the slide presentation please click here.
There are now available an updated FAQs concerning ISTQB's® Examination. To access the Exam FAQs area, please click here.
ISTQB® makes available sample exam questions for Foundation Level. To access the sample questions please click here.
As part of the next release of the Advanced Level Syllabus (V2.0), the ISTQB® General Assembly has decided to reduce Technical Test Analyst training to 3 days and to organize Learning Objectives in a way by which it will not be mandatory to hold a TA certificate before sitting for a TTA certificate.
The ISTQB® – Expert Level Syllabus "Test Management, Version Beta 2011" has been released as a Beta version. To access the Syllabus click here.
At the General Assembly held in Rome in June 2011, the ISTQB® President has reported the number of certifications as of date March 2011; the number of certifications keeps on growing at a fast pace in all countries, getting close to 180.000; on the basis of the current trends, more than 200.000 certificates will be issued by the end of 2011.
The CTEL (Certified Tester Expert Level) describes skills and knowledge representing mastery of a particular testing subject; the Expert Level Modules Overview provides a helicopter view about the Expert Level in general and on the three Expert Level modules on which ISTQB® is actively working: "Improving the Test Process", "Test Management" and "Test Automation".
The syllabus content for each module is described in summary form; download the Certified Tester Expert Level Modules Overview document to get more insights on the Business outcomes and Learning Objectives and on the Expert level scheme in general.
ISTQB® announces the public availability of Foundation Level syllabus version 2011.
The updated version fixes a few inconsistencies and formatting issues; since the changes do not affect any Learning Objective, no re-accreditation of training material is required and no impact is foreseen in the exam structure; the CTFL Syllabus Edition 2011 is available in the Download area, accompanied by its Release Note.