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What is ISTQB Certification?

What is ISTQB Certification?

ISTQB certification is one of the most popular certification exams available today for software testers. It is an internationally accepted certification exam conducted by International Software Testing Qualifications Board. The ISTQB as an organization charters and controls the syllabus and scheme of the exam. Various national boards accredited under ISTQB conducts the exam in specified countries.

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Name of the Certification: Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL)
Eligibility: Anyone with basic knowledge of software testing.
Certificate Validity: Does not expire, Valid for life time.
Official Site:
Exam Format: Paper Based/Computer Based
Total Questions: 40
Passing Grade: 65% or at least 26 correct answers out of 40 questions.
Negative Marking: No (Attempt all 40 questions)
Exam Duration: 75 minutes (90 minutes if your native language is not English)
Exam Fee: Usually around 100 USD. Please check with your exam provider.
Additional Certificates Available: Agile Tester Extension, Model Based Testing
Next Levels of Exam available: Advanced Level, Expert Level Exams available after passing Foundation Level.
Step by Step Guide: 10 Step by Step ISTQB Preparation Guide – Click here.

In USA the national board is called ASTQB or American Software Testing Qualification Board, in UK it is United Kingdom Testing Board, in India it is Indian Testing Board or ITB. The list of the national boards that organizes ISTQB certification in their respective countries/territories are given at the end of this page.

What is ISTQB Certification?
Apart from the national boards, there are Global Certification providers who can conduct exams online and can serve aspirants worldwide. A Global exam provider can offer exams locally and internationally including online exams through their own exam centers or via Prometric/Pearson Vue exam centers the countries highlighted by blue color in the above map.  The global providers are –

  • ASTQB – American Software Testing Qualifications Board
  • BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT
  • Cert-IT GmbH
  • CertInstitute UG
  • gasq – Global Association for Software Quality GmbH
  • iSQI – International Software Quality Institute GmbH

Among online exam centers, Prometric/Pearson Vue exam centers are the most popular world wide because of their availibility and ease of access.

Click to know more about ISTQB Foundation Level

What after Foundation Level?
Once Foundation Level is achieved, one can go for Advanced Level and Expert Level certification. If you are interested in taking the ISTQB Exam and would want to get some tips and sample papers, here are the links to know more about what is ISTQB certification –

ISTQB Advanced Level:

  • ISTQB Advanced Level – Test Manager
  • ISTQB Advanced Level – Test Analyst
  • ISTQB Advanced Level – Technical Test Analyst

To appear for advanced level exam one has to complete the foundation level and relevant experience in software testing. For a bachelor degree holder, the candidate should have at least 3 years of experience and for non-bachelor degree aspirants 5 years of experience.

ISTQB Expert Level:

  • ISTQB Expert Level – Test Management
  • ISTQB Expert Level – Test Process Improvement
  • ISTQB Expert Level – Test Automation Engineering
  • ISTQB Expert Level – Security Testing

ISTQB Expert Level is the highest level of certification that can be attempted after advanced level exams. This level has four sub syllabus of which security testing is now being implemented.

List of National Boards –

Short Form National Boards Country/Region
ASTQB American Software Testing Qualifications Board USA
ANZTB Australia and New Zealand Testing Board Australia & New Zealand
ATB Austrian Testing Board Austria
AZTB Azerbaijan Testing Board Azerbaijan
BSTB Bangladesh Software Testing Board Bangladesh
BySTQB Belarus Software Testing Qualifications Board Belarus
BNTQB Belgium and Netherlands Belgium
BSTQB Brazilian Software Testing Qualifications Board Brazil
CSTB Canadian Software Testing Board Canada
CSTQB Chinese Software Testing Qualifications Board China
CFTL Comité Français des Tests Logiciels France
CMTL Comité Marocain des Test Logiciels Morocco
CaSTB Czech and Slovak Testing Board Czech Republic and Slovakia
DSTB Danish Software Testing Board Denmark
ESTB Egyptian Software Testing Board Egypt
ETB Estonian Testing Board Estonia
ESTQB Ethiopian Software Testing Qualifications Board East Africa
FiSTB Finnish Software Testing Board Finland
GTB German Testing Board Germany
HASTQB Hispanic American Software Testing Qualifications Board Argentina, El Salvador, Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Cuba, Paraguay, Dominican Republic and Uruguay
HTB Hungarian Testing Board Hungary
ITB Indian Testing Board India
ITQB Iranian Testing Qualification Board Iran
ISTB Irish Software Testing Board Ireland
ITCB Israeli Testing Certification Board Israel
ITA-STQB Italian Software Testing Qualifications Board Italy
JSTQB Japan Software Testing Qualifications Board Japan
JOSTQB Jordan Software Testing Qualifications Board Jordan
KENYA-STA Kenya Software Testing Association Kenya
KSTQB Korean Software Testing and Qualifications Board Korea
LSTQB Latvian Software Testing Qualification Board Latvia
LTB Luxembourg Testing Board Luxembourg
MSTB Malaysian Software Testing Qualifications Board Malaysia
NTB Norwegian Testing Board Norway
PSTB Pakistan Software Testing Board Pakistan
PTB Polish Testing Board Poland
PSTQB Portuguese Software Testing and Qualifications Board Portugal
RSTQB Russian Software Testing Qualifications Board Russia
SGTQB Singapore Testing Qualifications Board Singapore
SASTQB South African Software Testing Qualifications Board South America
SEETB South East European Testing Board South East Europe
SSTQB Spanish Software Testing Qualifications Board Spain
SLSTB Sri Lanka Software Testing Board Sri Lanka
SSTB Swedish Software Testing Board Sweden
STB Swiss Testing Board Switzerland
TSQB Tunisian Software Qualifications Board Tunisia
TTB Turkish Testing Board Turkey
USQB Ukrainian Software Quality Board Ukrain
UKTB UK Testing Board United Kingdom
VTB Vietnamese Testing Board Vietnam

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  1. anusha August 7, 2014 at 2:07 am - Reply

    can u send me the sample papers to my email

  2. ev May 29, 2016 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    I have question about exam providers BCS and ISQI.
    Are there any differences in exam if I choose BCS or if I choose ISQI as provider?

    • ev May 29, 2016 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      I’ve just found your explanation (i.e about buying iPhone in different country)…and I’m understand nowt this difference about these providers and exam.
      Thanks a lot, anyway ! 🙂

      + this found:

      M Adnan
      February 8, 2016 at 4:40 am


      Please suggest whats the difference between ISTQB CTFL(ISEB-SWT2) exam by BCS and ISTQB CTFL exam by iSQI(CTFL_001ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (Syllabus 2011, worldwide except D, A, CH, FL, GB, IND).

      I have to register for ISTQB exam through Pearsonvue and found these both are offering ISTQB exam.

      ISTQB Guru Article Author
      February 9, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      Technically both are same. If you tell me the country from where you are applying from, I would be able to suggest which one you should select.

  3. Rina November 20, 2016 at 2:19 am - Reply

    Can you please tell me the different between
    1. ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (Syllabus 2011, worldwide except D, A, CH, FL, IND)
    2. ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (Syllabus 2011, IND only)
    3. ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (Syllabus 2011, A only)
    4. ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (Syllabus 2011, CH,FL only)
    5. ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (Syllabus 2011, D only)

    I am giving the exam in Kuwait

    • ISTQB Guru December 3, 2016 at 10:43 am - Reply

      All of them are same. The only difference is the country. We guess you are from India. Go for 2nd option.

      • bkpally263 December 4, 2016 at 4:12 pm - Reply

        Hi ,

        I have a query in continuation to above. Will the certificate achieved through ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (Syllabus 2011, IND only) via Prometric /Pearson be valid in other countries like Belgium ? I am an Indian and would like to write the exam from Belgium. I am looking for jobs in India and Belgium

        • ISTQB Guru December 6, 2016 at 5:15 pm - Reply

          Yes, certificate is valid worldwide. Please read our FAQ section. We have already answered that question in detail there.

  4. shaheen shaikh February 3, 2017 at 11:03 am - Reply

    i want to give exam CTFL. I am in Uk so i can choose CTFL_001: ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (Syllabus 2011, worldwide except D, A, CH, FL, IND)

    please help me for correct exam code..

    • ISTQB Guru February 4, 2017 at 4:32 pm - Reply

      That’s correct.

      • shaheen shaikh February 4, 2017 at 6:25 pm - Reply

        Thank you so much!!

  5. iyasir73 February 9, 2017 at 5:06 am - Reply


    I am in Saudi Arabia, could you please tell me which of the following CTFL exam I have to select?

    1. ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (Syllabus 2011, worldwide except D, A, CH, FL, IND)
    2. ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (Syllabus 2011, IND only)
    3. ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (Syllabus 2011, A only)
    4. ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (Syllabus 2011, CH,FL only)
    5. ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (Syllabus 2011, D only)


    • ISTQB Guru February 9, 2017 at 1:39 pm - Reply

      We think 1.

  6. mario vega April 11, 2017 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    Hi i am from mexico, do i have to take the ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (Syllabus 2011, worldwide except D, A, CH, FL, GB, IND) ?

    • ISTQB Guru April 16, 2017 at 5:54 pm - Reply


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