Keep Your Software Out of the Headlines.® Reduce Costs • Save Time • Protect Your Career

ISTQB software testing certification can help you reduce costs, save time, and Keep Your Software Out of the Headlines.®

Software risk management starts with software testing certification. It’s how companies protect their reputation and profit … and you protect your career. ISTQB certification is the #1 choice in the U.S. and globally with more than 570,000 software testing certifications issued across 100+ countries.

As the non-profit organization that leads ISTQB software testing certification in the U.S., the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB) makes it easy to certify your testing professionals – and protect your company. Save time with test automation, reduce costs and programming errors with agile testing, and help prevent data breaches with security testing. ASTQB has the comprehensive software testing skills path to achieve your goals.

Why do you need certification for your software testing? ROI & risk management.

ISTQB software tester certification offers a compelling quality and return on investment. Studies estimate the cost of a post-production software defect in the range of $4,000 to $5,000. [1] If ISTQB certification helps your software tester eliminate just one extra post-production defect in his or her career, the return on investment for their ISTQB certification could exceed 1500%.

Moreover, certified software testers are proven to be far better at eliminating software bugs compared to developers or other “ordinary” personnel. See below for the amazing quality improvements that you can achieve with certified testers or download the free white paper entitled “Cut Software Development Costs”.

Keep Your Software Out of the Headlines. Reduce costs. That’s why Fortune 500 companies, governmental agencies, and small organizations alike utilize ISTQB software tester certification. It promotes software quality that makes financial sense. Learn more below and request your free consultation. See the 5 easy steps to get started with software testing certification in your organization.

Here are the top reasons ISTQB Software Tester Certification can help your bottom line.

Reduce software defects.

Analysis shows that “a synergistic combination of defect prevention, pre-test defect removal, and formal testing by certified personnel can top 99% in defect removal efficiency while simultaneously lowering costs and shortening schedules.” That same analysis shows that “Untrained amateur personnel such as developers themselves seldom top 35% for any form of testing. Also the ‘bad fix injection’ rate or new bugs added while fixing older bugs tops 7% for repairs by ordinary development personnel.” [2] That’s why you should pair your software developers with certified professional testers for better testing that avoids embarrassing bugs.

Speed software development.

In addition to the analysis noted above, test managers report that broad use of the ISTQB Certification body of knowledge and glossary of software testing terms leads to better communication and greater efficiency among and across teams.

Global acceptance.

With more than 570,000 testing certifications issued across 100+ countries, ISTQB software tester certification is the de facto global standard, by far the #1 global software tester certification.  It is available in multiple languages, and the American-Engish exam created by ASTQB is available at test centers around the world.

Practical, every day use.

ISTQB software tester certification focuses on practical applications of software testing that your testers need every day. Covering everything from Agile testing to risk based testing to security testing, ISTQB software tester certification is a smart choice for every organization.

Employee motivation and retention.


The American Psychological Association (APA) found that in the absence of supervisor support for career development:

  • Less than half of employees say they are motivated to do their best at work (versus nearly 90% who report having supervisor support).
  • More than half say they intend to seek employment outside the organization within the next year.
Software Testing Career Path

Software testing career path: What is your best path?

See how the software testing career road map paves a professional path for your testing team.
Software Testing Career Path

Fortunately, there is a simple solution: ISTQB Software Tester Certification has career development levels (Foundation, Advanced and Expert) and career paths (core options of Test Manager, Test Analyst, Test Manager, plus specialist options such as Agile, Mobile, Security, Test Automation, etc.) that will give your testers the opportunity to grow in their careers. See the graphic software testing career path. This software testing career development path will help you retain your testers because they see a professional path for their career. Learn how you can recruit and retain great software testers with our free white paper.

ISTQB software tester certification is offered by a non-profit, volunteer-led organization based on modern standards that are developed by more than 100 global software testing experts. The American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB) consists of software testing experts who volunteer their time to promote software quality in the United States.
Cost effectiveness.
ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level certification doesn’t require recertification or expensive courses. While we recommend ASTQB-accredited software testing training providers because of their proven quality, your employees may self study, use in-house trainers, or choose the ASTQB-accredited education – it’s up to you. See how ISTQB is so cost effective in out of pocket costs as well as we answer the question, “What is the best software testing certification?
Other potential savings.
Your company may be able to qualify for lower insurance costs when you hire ISTQB Certified Software Testers. For example, Hiscox Insurance Company qualifies technology insurance applicants based on whether their software testers are ISTQB Certified.

Learn how to staff a test team to protect your software

Here are easy next steps to get your team started with better software quality, reduced costs, and quicker development:

Free Consultation by an ASTQB Expert Volunteer
As a manager, director, vice president or C-level leader, you may request a free consultation with a software testing expert volunteer from the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB), the non-profit U.S. board for software tester certification. This volunteer will help you identify the best test team structure and use of ISTQB certification to meet your software quality goals. Contact ASTQB headquarters via this special request form or by phone at 813.319.0890, and we’ll put you in touch with one of our ASTQB volunteer experts. We are providing this volunteer service as part of our mission to promote software quality in the U.S., so this offer is limited to companies that will utilize ASTQB exams via Kryterion test centers globally or a proctored exam in the U.S.
Steps to Certification
Learn about the steps to certification.
Software Testing Career Road Map
See the software testing career road map which illustrates how ASTQB and ISTQB software testing certification create a path to quality in your test team and company.
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[1] Randall Rice, "The Value of ISTQB Certification"

[2] Capers Jones, "A Short History Of The Cost Per Defect Metric | Software Defect Origins & Removal Methods"

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