ISTQB® Effectiveness survey 2013-2014

About the Survey

The ISTQB® testing certification scheme continues to lead the profession with over 300 000 certified professionals worldwide as of June 30th, 2013. This reflects the confidence that organizations and individuals have in the scheme and the body of knowledge on which it is based.

As part of its commitment to continuous improvement and the advancement of the software testing profession, in 2013 ISTQB® conducted an international online survey of test engineers and managers.

The survey was designed by the ISTQB® Marketing Working Group and endorsed by ISTQB® Member Boards, Accredited Training Providers and Exam Providers.

It was open from June 7th to October 1st, 2013 and several thousand responses were received from almost 70 countries.

Two versions of the survey were available: one for test engineers, including 21 questions, and another one for test managers, comprising 24 questions.

This report presents the results of the "ISTQB® Test Certification – 2013-2014 Survey" and we would like to sincerely thank everybody who contributed.

The most significant findings from the first ISTQB® Effectiveness survey

  1. The majority of Test Engineers undertook the ISTQB® CTFL certification in order to enhance their career path (80%) and develop their testing skills (70%).
  2. The majority of Test Managers believe that participating in the ISTQB® certification scheme will positively impact testing quality in their projects (75%) and will enable them to provide a positive career path to their employees (55%).
  3. Test Engineers and Test Managers alike are highly satisfied with the ISTQB® CTFL certifications and happy to recommend these to their colleagues (91% - Test Engineers, 94% - Test Managers).
  4. The ISTQB® Foundation Level certification exams are seen as providing a reliable assessment of candidate knowledge.
  5. Test Managers would like to have approximately 75% of their staff certified at the Foundation Level.
  6. Approximately 70% of Test Managers consider it important to obtain Advanced Level certifications, and this opinion is shared by 63% of Test Engineers.
  7. The new Expert Level certifications are generating a significant amount of interest.
  8. There is strong demand for Agile certification throughout the world and across all major industries (85% of respondents are interested).
  9. Approximately 70% of survey participants attribute a significant part of their certification success to the courses they undertook from accredited training providers.
  10. 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.

ISTQB® Effectiveness Survey 2013-14

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