Why Software Testers Choose ISTQB

Software Testing Certification: Build Your Testing Skills, Credibility and Career

ASTQB and ISTQB software testing certifications develop your software testing skills, and in turn, your career.

Whether you test part-time in DevOps, Continuous Quality, Agile, or full time as a dedicated software tester or test engineer, ISTQB and ASTQB software testing certifications prove your testing knowledge. This helps you get recognition, jobs, promotions … and the career you want.

Which software testing certification should I get first? Where do you start? Everyone who does software testing should start with the relatively easy, foundational ISTQB CTFL software testing certification. This will ensure the entire software development team is using the same software testing terms and principles.

NOTE: US companies check our list of ISTQB certified testers because we are the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB). It is very important that you register for your ISTQB exam on this ASTQB site if you wish to work for a US company.

Then you can build your career with software testing certifications for agile testing, mobile testing, and advanced (CTAL) testing including specialities such as security testing, test automation engineering, and test management. An easy way to visualize all of the software testing certifications is to look at the software testing career path / skills path infographic.

“I believe that going through the certification process helped me grow tremendously as a software tester, which led to my current position as a Product Manager. Thank you for all that you do!”

IT certifications and QA certifications such as ISTQB software testing certification have long been a favorite tool when looking for IT jobs and QA jobs. In fact, surveys among IT pros and testers indicate certifications can lead to promotions, raises and better jobs.

Software Testing Career Road Map

See how the software testing career road map paves the way for promotion throughout your career.

For those involved in software test engineering and quality, the choice of testing certifications is easy. ISTQB Certification is the most popular and fastest growing software testing certification in the world. ISTQB certification counts more than 570,000 software testing certificates awarded across 100+ countries. It is the standard that employers and managers can use to determine your software testing knowledge and skills. ASTQB is the non-profit organization that leads software testing certification in the U.S. for ISTQB, so U.S. companies check with ASTQB to determine if someone has ISTQB software testing certification.

Not sure where to start in developing and proving your software testing skills? It’s easy:

Learn more below as to why software testers choose ISTQB software testing certification: how it makes you more competitive, opens doors, and reduces costs.

Software testers choose ISTQB certification for software testing jobs because:

It could make you more competitive.

Get the power of certification. If there were two equally-qualified candidates for a software tester or QA job in your company, and only one had ISTQB software testing certification, which candidate would you rather be? Visit our software testing career center to learn the many ways ASTQB helps you build your software testing career. You will also want to download our free white papers: How to Get a Job in Software Testing: 7 Qualities of the Successful Software Testing Job Applicant, and Get Promoted: 4 Ways ISTQB Software Tester Certification Paves The Way For Promotion.

It open doors for software testing jobs

Don’t just take our word for it. Here is what a software tester who holds ISTQB CTFL and CTAL-TM certifications said to us: “My next job is a cinch! They treasure testers with these certificates.” Mobile testing is particularly important now, and it’s an easy first step. Learn about ASTQB Mobile Software Testing Certification.

A search for the keyword “ISTQB” on popular IT job sites such as Dice.com often result in dozens of job postings that indicate ISTQB software testing certification is a plus or a must. See the ASTQB Software Testing Career Center for job advice, scholarships, internships, and job postings.

It could reduce your company’s or client’s costs

Are you a manager or consultant? See how certified software testers can cut costs by downloading the free white paper, “Cut Software Development Costs”. You and your company/clients may also be able to qualify for lower tech insurance costs thanks to your ISTQB Software Tester Certification. Hiscox Insurance Company is now qualifying technology insurance applicants on whether their software testers are ISTQB Certified. Learn more and and see the technology insurance quote form. That’s good news for you, and for the companies that hire you for their software testing jobs.

It gives you the flexibility to choose the education that fits your testing job

We give away the certification syllabus (body of knowledge) that covers the software testing exam topics, and let you choose the education. Take a software testing course from an ASTQB-accredited trainer, or self-study using software testing books and websites – it’s up to you. In addition, the ISTQB Foundation Level software testing certification doesn’t ever require recertification.

It gives you a career path to get the software testing or QA job you want

As the world’s most popular software testing certification, ISTQB is recognized in 100+ countries, making you ready for software testing jobs throughout the world. As you progress in the software testing profession, ISTQB is ready with Advanced Level and Expert Level certifications that will give you the recognition you deserve … and open the door to more higher level software testing jobs. Do you like a certain type of software testing? Then you’ll enjoy the Mobile Tester, Agile Tester, and Specialist Tester (Security Tester, Test Automation Engineer), and Business Analyst certifications. You can even post your resume and search for jobs on the ASTQB website – see the Software Testing Career Center.


An excellent overview of the software testing job / career path and how ISTQB fits into it can be found in the article, “Which ISTQB Software Tester Certification is Right for You?

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Are you ready to get started with your ISTQB software testing certification? Review the “Steps to Certification / FAQ” then download the free syllabus (body of knowledge) and glossary of software testing terms.

Do you know an ISTQB certified individual? You can search for a specific ISTQB certified software tester.