What is ISTQB?

ISTQB is International Software Testing Qualifications Board. It is an international non-profit organization that conducts software testing related exams and certifications.

ISTQB was founded in 2002 and is registered in Belgium, however its certification exams are available worldwide. The ISTQB is made of industry experts from Software Testing who are part of working groups. These working groups work on various part of ISTQB like coming up with the syllabus, exam patterns, questions, rules for the exam, processes governing registration of exam providers and training providers etc.

ISTQB exams are recognized worldwide by software testing professionals. ISTQB currently has three certification paths Agile, Core and Specialist.

The Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) exam is an entry level exam from ISTQB that can be taken up by anyone who wants to establish their credibility as a software tester. This exam is also often referred as the ISTQB Foundation Level Exam. This exam can be taken up by candidate with no prior software testing experience as well as those who have experience in testing.

You need pass the Foundation Level Exam before you can take up any of the other exams.

  • ISTQB conducts exams through-out the world in 72 countries through its Member Boards.
  • There are currently 50 Member Boards in ISTQB.
  • One member board can cater to one or more country.
  • In India the member board is known as Indian Testing Board (ITB).
  • The testing board in UK is UK Testing Board (UKTB).
  • The testing board for US is called American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB).
  • ISTQB Exams can also be taken up through Prometric or Pearson Vue.

The member boards conduct exams in their respective countries at regular intervals. In larger cities, the exams may be conducted more than once in a month while in smaller cities the exams may be conducted a few times a year. If you are interested in taking up the exam through a member board, you can get in touch with the member boards for your country to register for the exam.

The syllabus for the ISTQB certification exam is the same across all countries and exam providers. Premium study material for Foundation Level exam is available on our site.