Survey: 89% of software testers more valuable to their organization after ISTQB certification

For Immediate Release
16 March 2010

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Lois Kostroski, Executive Director
American Software Testing Qualifications Board, Inc.
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TAMPA, Fla. (March 16, 2010) – Certified software testers report that since receiving their first ISTQB certification, they are more valuable to their organization, and more systematic in their testing.

In a survey of 219 certified software testers by the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB), 89% indicated that they are more valuable to their organizations since receiving their first ISTQB software tester certification. 83% of software testers also indicated that they are now more systematic in their testing.

"These survey results suggest that ISTQB software tester certification provides a framework for professional development that is valuable not only to the testers, but also to their companies," said ASTQB President Patricia McQuaid, who leads the non-profit U.S. board for ISTQB software tester certification. Over 110,000 software testers worldwide currently hold ISTQB certifications.

"We believe that our rigorous exam development and comprehensive, free syllabi and glossary resources help make ASTQB’s certification uniquely practical and useful for software testers and their companies," continued McQuaid. The 76-page Foundation Level syllabus, 114-page Advanced Level syllabus and 43-page glossary of testing terms are available at no charge at the ASTQB website,, as are sample Foundation Level question sets.

Additional survey results may be found at the ASTQB Facebook page at


About ASTQB:
ASTQB is a non-profit organization whose Directors and Technical Advisory Board comprise a group of highly experienced experts in software testing who volunteer their time to the development, maintenance, and promotion of the ISTQB Certified Tester program in the U.S. ASTQB offers electronic ISTQB certification exams worldwide at select exam centers.

About ISTQB Software Tester Certification:
The ISTQB Certified Tester program provides certification for software testers internationally. International working parties develop and maintain uniform curricula and exams. One of the core principles of the program is a strict separation between the administration of exams and the training to those who would like to prepare for the exam in ISTQB compliant courses.