ISTQB® – Marketing Working Group - Update

The ISTQB® Marketing Working Group has a new Acting Chair, Dr. Gualtiero Bazzana, from the Italian Software Testing Qualifications Board and a new vice-chair, Dr. Patricia McQuaid, from the American Software Testing Qualifications Board. Gualtiero and Patricia will continue the work performed by the former Chair, Ms. Sharon Robson. The ISTQB® Executive Committee thanks Sharon for her contribution in the last years and wishes to Gualtiero and Patricia a fruitful co-operation on behalf of the ISTQB® members.

The goal of the Marketing Working Group is to perform market research, promote ISTQB® services to all relevant stakeholders (National / Regional Boards, Training Providers, Certified Testers, the Testing community at large) and advertise them.

Successful ISTQB® meeting in Tokyo – more than 155.000 certifications issued

The ISTQB® General Assembly meeting held in Tokyo, Japan, marked the continuing growth of the ISTQB® Certifications world-wide. ISTQB® President Yaron Tsubery announced that more than 155.000 certifications have been issued current to Q1 2010, confirming the ISTQB® as the de facto reference in the domain of certification of testing know-how. The General Assembly has made substantial advances in many domains, including: Advanced Syllabus, Expert Syllabi, Changes in Accreditation and Certification processes, Audit process, and more, thereby establishing a solid basis for further evolutions that will become public in 2011.

ISTQB® defines official logos for Certified Testers and Accredited Training Providers

The ISTQB® General Assembly approves the usage of logos for Certified Testers and Accredited Training Providers at world-wide level. The National Boards are entitled to issue such logos in accordance with the defined ISTQB® guidelines.

First ISTQB® Expert Level Syllabus released

ISTQB® is proud to announce the release and public availability of the first of a set of Expert Level Syllabi, focused on "Improving the Test Process". The syllabus is based on the knowledge of the many experts that contributed to it, and focuses on the following aspects:

  • The context of improvement (Deming cycle, IDEAL framework, Overview of improvement approaches, etc)
  • Model based improvement (CMMI ®, ISO/ IEC 15504, TPI ®, TMMi, STEP, CTP)
  • Analytical based improvement (Causal analysis, GQM, Metrics and Indicators)
  • Selecting the approach for test process improvement
  • Process for improvement
  • Organization, Roles and Skills
  • Managing Change
  • Critical Success Factors

The Syllabus can be found here.

Foundation Level 2010 Syllabus – Sample questions

ISTQB® publishes sample questions for the Foundation Level Syllabus version 2010 on its website.

The sample questions can be found here.

New ISTQB® Foundation Level Syllabus released

The new Foundation Level Syllabus (version 2010) has been released to the member Boards, and is publicly available through the ISTQB® Web Site and on various national board websites.

Please click here to access the Foundation Level Syllabus (version 2010).

Successful ISTQB® meeting in Kuala Lumpur – 145.000 people certified

The ISTQB® General Assembly meeting in Kuala Lumpur, held in conjunction with the Softec 2010 conference, was a big success. ISTQB® president Yaron Tsubery announced that now 145.000 people are certified according to the ISTQB® scheme. This makes ISTQB® the most popular certification for Software Testers in the world. The ISTQB® is the global standard for Software Testing.

New ISTQB® Glossary Released

On the 15th of March 2010 the ISTQB® released to the member boards the updated Glossary (version 2.1). All member boards are to be aware of this release, and to notify the testing community in their area about the new Glossary.


What are the changes to the glossary?

All new terms and changes terms are listed in detail in the updated Glossary. However, most changes can be traced back to the list of keywords from the new expert level syllabus "Improving the Testing Process" (expected to be released autumn 2010), or the Advanced level syllabus. Regarding the Advanced level syllabus, terms are added that are being used in the Advanced syllabus but were not present in the Glossary, and also some inconsistencies have been solved between the Advanced level syllabus and the Glossary.


What do the changes mean to testers?

The new version of the Glossary will provide better support for those attending Advanced level courses and preparing for the Advanced level exams. The new Glossary also supports those who are involved in "Improving the Testing Process" with terms and standard definitions.

What do the changes mean to training providers?

Please ensure that the new Glossary is distributed to the participants when running an Advanced level course. No update of courseware is expected. However, it is strongly recommended for the lecturers to study the changes made, especially those that relate to the Advanced level syllabus.

To access the new Glossary please click here.

ISTQB® – Marketing Working Group - Update

Elections took place at the Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) General Assembly in March 2010. Below are the results from the Rio de Janeiro ISTQB® General Assembly for the Governance Officer, Governance Vice Officer, Working Group Chairs and Vice Chairs.



Governance Officer: Rex Black

Governance Vice Officer: Bernard Homés


Glossary Working Group

Glossary WG Chair: Erik van Veenendaal

Glossary WG Vice Chair: Paul Jorgensen


Foundation Level Working Group

Foundation WG Chair: Thomas Mueller

Foundation WG Vice Chair: Debra Friedenberg


Advanced Level Working Group

Advanced WG Chair: Bernard Homes

Advanced WG Vice Chair: Mike Smith


Expert Level Working Group

Expert WG Chair: Graham Bath

Expert WG Vice Chair: Erik van Veenendaal


Exam Working Group

Exam WG Chair: Graeme Mackenzie

Exam WG Vice Chair: Mette Bruhn-Pedersen


Processes Working Group

Processes WG Chair: Wojciech Jaszcz

Processes WG Vice Chair: Tal Pe'er


Marketing Working Group

Marketing WG Chair: Sharon Robson