International syllabus being developed for software-testing specialists

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Article publication date: 1 June 2004



(2004), "International syllabus being developed for software-testing specialists", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 36 No. 4.



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International syllabus being developed for software-testing specialists

International syllabus being developed for software-testing specialists

The British Computer Society’s Information Systems Examinations Board (ISEB) and the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB), administered by the ASQF, have agreed to work together to establish a single world-wide standard for the education of software testers.

A common world-wide standard for education and examinations at foundation, advanced and expert levels for certified testers will be developed within the ISTQB and distributed by both organisations. This is meant to facilitate comparisons between training in different states and so ease co-operation in international projects.

According to Pete Bingham, BCS head of professional products, and ISTQB president Tilo Linz:

  • Software testers will have the opportunity to sit the examinations to an international-education standard in many languages. This standard will be hosted by the ISTQB and ISEB with both their high professional demands giving it international recognition.

ISEB is a British Computer Society, non-profit organisation offering examination and certification services globally for multiple IT disciplines. Within the ISTQB, software specialists are working together to define and establish a common standard for software testers. Members of software testing organisations from Denmark, Germany, Finland, UK, The Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Sweden, Portugal, USA and Switzerland are currently working within the ISTQB. All of these countries offer ISTQB-compliant certified-tester courses based on a common content and examination.

The ASQF general manager, Robert Treffny, also welcomed the agreement as:

  • A great success for the software scene. The agreement ensures that there will continue to be only one syllabus used world-wide.

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