The Mission of the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB) Our mission is to promote professionalism in Software Testing in the United States. We do this by providing and administering quality exams for the ISTQB and IQBBA certification schemes, by supporting and facilitating training providers in delivering high quality courses, by actively engaging in the ISTQB working groups, and by supporting efforts to develop and encourage people who are already in or are entering the software testing profession. What is the difference between ASTQB and ISTQB? ASTQB is the country board for ISTQB Software Tester Certification in the U.S. These board members are a group of highly experienced experts in software testing who volunteer their time to the development, maintenance, and promotion of the certification in this country. ISTQB is the International Software Testing Qualifications Board that is composed of representatives from each national board, such as the ASTQB. The ISTQB decides on the global standards for certification. The result is that you are able to earn a truly global software tester certification, but do so via a country board that understands the language and logistics needs of your country. More information is found below. NOTE: If you work for an American company, or might someday, regardless of whether you are located in the U.S., you should get your ISTQB certification only from ASTQB. American companies check with ASTQB, not ISTQB, to know if you are an ISTQB certified tester. What is ASTQB? ASTQB was founded in 2003 as the American Testing Board. In April 2005, the name was changed to the American Software Testing Qualifications Board. Through the involvement of the world’s foremost experts in software testing, the program was developed for software professionals who want to prepare today’s professionals by anticipating tomorrow’s software testing demands. The ASTQB is 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. They also represent U.S. interests internationally as the national board for the U.S. within the ISTQB. The ASTQB is a non-profit organization. Exam and accreditation fees are charged to cover the cost connected with the administration of exams, applications for accreditation, the maintenance of a physical office, exhibits at leading software testing conventions, and the employment of administrative staff.