ISTQB® facts & figures in 2015

Brussels, May 9, 2016

ISTQB® - International Software Testing Qualifications Board, the most popular software testing certification authority in the world, released at the General Assembly held in Singapore updated info about its quantitative data as of December 31, 2015.

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ISTQB® releases Advanced Level Security Tester (CTAL-SEC) Syllabus

Brussels, May 5, 2016

At the ISTQB® General Assembly meeting in Singapore (March 2016), the ISTQB® Advanced Level Security Certification syllabus was approved for general availability release. The new module naturally fits into the Specialist Stream of the recently re-defined architecture of the ISTQB® Product Portfolio.

Training and exam providers worldwide can now start accrediting courses and releasing exams for ISTQB® CTAL-SEC.

The image below summarizes the contents of the Advanced Level Security Tester syllabus:
security tester contents

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ISTQB® prepares for additional syllabi to be released on Test Automation and Usability testing

Brussels, May 2, 2016

At the ISTQB® General Assembly meeting in Singapore (March 2016), ISTQB® approved for Beta Release two new modules:

  • Test Automation Engineering
  • Usability Tester (developed in co-operation with the German Testing Board)

The new modules fit naturally into the Specialist Stream of the recently re-defined architecture of the ISTQB® Product Portfolio.

The final review round will take place within the next months. It is expected that general availability will take place after the next ISTQB® GA, planned for October 2016.

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2016 ISTQB® Election results for Working Groups Chairs and Vice Chairs

An election for Chair and Vice Chair roles of all ISTQB® Working Groups was held at the ISTQB® General Assembly meeting in Singapore (March 2016).

Below are the elected members.

Role Elected Member (Board)
Foundation Working Group - Chair Klaus Olsen (Denmark)              
Foundation Working Group - Vice Chair Tauhida Parveen (USA)     
Advanced Working Group - Chair Mike Smith (UK)             
Advanced Working Group - Vice Chair Graham Bath (Germany)           
Expert Working Group - Chair Graham Bath  (Germany)          
Expert Working Group - Vice Chair Judy McKay  (USA)             
Glossary Working Group - Chair Matthias Hamburg (Germany)
Glossary Working Group - Vice Chair Judy McKay (USA)             
Exam Working Group - Chair Wojciech Jaszcz (Poland)        
Exam Working Group - Vice Chair Beata Karpinska (Sweden)      
TBOK Working Group - Chair Corne Kruger (South Africa)           
TBOK Working Group - Vice Chair Patrick Eichhorn (Switzerland)     
Marketing Working Group - Chair Alon Linetzki (Israel)          
Marketing Working Group - Vice Chair Luis Amaral  (Portugal)            
Process/Audit Working Group - Chair Tal Pe'er (Israel)                 
Process/Audit Working Group - Vice Chair Clive Bates (UK)              
Governance Working Group - Chair Olivier Denoo (France)          
Governance Working Group - Vice Chair Jen Leger (Canada)                  

“ISTQB® welcomes the elected Chairs and Vice Chairs”, said Gualtiero Bazzana, ISTQB® President” thanking them for their volunteer work and wishing them success for their term”

ISTQB® also wants to thank previous WG Chair/ Vice Chairs for their outstanding contribution to advancing the software testing profession; in particular (in alphabetic order):

  • Bertrand Cornanguer (France)
  • Carol Cornelius (New Zealand)
  • Eric Riou du Cosquer (France)
  • Kaspar Loog (Estonia)
  • Mette Bruhn Pedersen (Denmark)
  • Patricia Alves (Portugal)
  • Thomas Mueller (Switzerland)

MediaContacts:

Gualtiero Bazzana, ISTQB® President, bazzana@istqb.org

Alon Linetzki, ISTQB® Chair of Marketing Working Group, alon.linetzki@istqb.org

About ISTQB®

The International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB®) was founded in November 2002 and is a non-profit organization, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, whose mission is to advance the software testing profession. ISTQB® has defined the "ISTQB® Certified Tester" scheme that has become the world-wide leader in the certification of competences in software testing. It is supported in its mission by 50 member boards. Thanks also to the Global Exam Providers, it has today a world-wide coverage and has administered as of December 2015 over 600.000, issuing over 440.000 certificates. ISTQB® is an organization based on volunteer work by hundreds of software testing experts around the world.

ISTQB® and iSQI join forces on Model Based Testing Certification

Brussels, January 31, 2016

With the recent confirmation by the ISTQB® General Assembly of the release of the ISTQB® Certified Tester – Foundation Level Extension, Model Based Tester Syllabus (MBT FL), iSQI will withdraw the iSQI® Certified Model Based Tester (CMBT) certification and will be an exam provider for the ISTQB® MBT FL.

iSQI® CMBT exams will remain available until 30th June 2016. The iSQI® CMBT certificates already issued will be recognized by ISTQB® by means of grandfathering approach.

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ISTQB® releases Model Based Tester Syllabus

Brussels, January 31, 2016

The ISTQB® General Assembly held in Shanghai in October 2015 has voted to release a new Foundation Level Extension module, the ISTQB® Certified Tester – Foundation Level Extension, Model Based Tester| Syllabus (ISTQB® MBT FL) and associated documents. Training and exam providers worldwide can now start accrediting courses and releasing exams for ISTQB® MBT FL.

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ISTQB® revamps product portfolio and releases roadmap

Brussels, January 31, 2016

ISTQB® - International Software Testing Qualifications Board, the most popular software testing certification authority in the world, voted on several important motions on the 26th of October in the General Assembly held in Shanghai, China.

“We are witnessing several important trends in testing and there was a need to match new and existing certifications to the market demand”, commented Gualtiero Bazzana, President of ISTQB®."

“We are confident that testers and managers alike will appreciate the investments that ISTQB® is doing to evolve the scheme”, added Geoff Thompson – ISTQB® Secretary and Kari Kakkonen – ISTQB® Treasurer."

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ISTQB® accelerates growth

Brussels, October 31, 2015
ISTQB® - International Software Testing Qualifications Board, the most popular software testing certification authority in the world, release at the General Assembly held in Shanghai, China updated info about its footprint
As of June 2015 ISTQB® has delivered more than 560,000 exams in over 100 countries worldwide, with over 400,000 certificates issued.
Growth of certification has sped up as well – ISTQB® certified 14,5% more people comparing to previous year. Exams delivered in the “classic” modules grew 8.5% year-on-year, showing an important growth in the existing products, especially in the Advanced Level. Rest of the growth was contributed by worldwide rollout of Agile Tester Foundation Level exams.

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ISTQB® issues Worldwide Software Testing Practices Report 2015-2016

 
The International Software Testing Qualifications Board, the most popular software testing certification authority in the world, released the results of a test practices survey carried out at world-wide level. The survey, with more than 3200 respondents from 89 countries, can be considered the largest in the world in the software testing domain.

“As a non-profit organization, with its mission of advancing the software testing profession, ISTQB® regularly conducts international online surveys to assess the trends in the software testing industry”, said Mr. Gualtiero Bazzana, ISTQB® President.

The survey covers several topics, ranging from organizational and budgetary aspects, to techniques/ processes/ tools, through to skills and competencies within software testing. We believe it provides useful information for all professionals involved in the testing market, as well as direction for further evolution of the ISTQB® scheme.

Some highlights of the survey are listed below:

  • Budgets assigned to testing are large and keep on growing
  • Agile based SDLCs are being adopted ahead of traditional ones
  • Segregation of duties has become a standard practice from an organizational point of view
  • Training and certification of competences are key factors in improving test skills
  • Test automation has become very widespread in the market
  • Performance, usability and security tests are gaining traction

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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.

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