100,000 Software Testing Professionals Now ISTQB Certified World’s Most Popular Software Testing Certification Reaches New Milestone BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (24 October 2008) � The International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) announced that, through their National Boards and Exam Boards, they have granted more than 100,000 certifications at the ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) and ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Level (CTAL). "ISTQB software tester certification is by far the most widely recognized and fastest-growing software tester certification in the world," said Rex Black, CTAL, president of ISTQB.
“Reaching the 100,000 certification milestone validates ISTQB’s leadership in helping software testers to demonstrate their knowledge, skill and professionalism.” ISTQB certification traces its origins to Europe, where industry demand led to its development. "Companies tell us they choose ISTQB certification because it is practical, focusing on the software testing knowledge and skills their testers need every day," said Horst Pohlmann of the German Testing Board (GTB). In recent years, ISTQB has become a global standard for software testing certification. Vinay Baid of the Indian Testing Board (ITB) explained, “ISTQB software testing certification is now essential to software testing in India. As is true throughout much of the world, many employers prefer to hire ISTQB certified software testers or have a program that encourages their software testers to obtain ISTQB certification.” The rapid growth of ISTQB software testing certification can also be attributed to its not-for-profit nature.
“Companies have found ISTQB certification to be credible because we freely offer the ISTQB certification syllabi and software testing glossary, and let you choose your own education,” said Patricia McQuaid, PhD, CTFL, president of the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB). This not-for-profit quality extends to ISTQB’s leadership. The organization is composed of representatives from national boards throughout the world, all of whom are volunteers. ISTQB decides on the standards for certification and the national boards develop and maintain the country-specific examinations.