Enhance customer experience and Keep Your Software Out of the Headlines® by making sure your software testers are ISTQB certified through ASTQB, the official U.S. Board for ISTQB Certification, and AT*SQA, its non-profit ISTQB global exam provider.

Logo of the Official US List of Certified TestersWhen hiring, be sure your software testers appear on the Official U.S. List of Certified Software Testers™ even if they work remotely from another country. When testers appear on the official U.S. list, that proves they have passed the U.S. ISTQB software testing exams written specifically for American English. Doing so demonstrates their ability and commitment to working effectively with your U.S. software quality team. Trust only the Official U.S. List of Certified Software Testers™.

Don’t wait until your software is in the news! Scroll below to see the top 10 reasons certification from ASTQB & AT*SQA can protect you and your company.

Here are the top 10 reasons ISTQB software testing certification from ASTQB and AT*SQA can help your bottom line.

1. 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.

2. Build cost savings and ROI.

If certification helps your tester eliminate even one extra post-production defect sometime during their career, the return on investment for their certification would exceed 1500% based on the estimated cost of a post-production software defect of $4,000. Plus imagine the “reputation ROI” because testing certification is keeping your software out of the headlines!

3. Speed software development.

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.

4. Gain global acceptance.

With more than 600,000 testing certifications issued across 100+ countries, ISTQB software tester certification is the de facto global standard and, by far, the #1 global software test certification.  It is available in multiple languages, and the American-English exam created by ASTQB is available at test centers around the world.

5. Get 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 offers the testing skills needed by your entire Agile, DevOps or QA team.

6. Improve 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.

As described below, the software testing certification career path from ASTQB offers turnkey career development that will help you motivate and retain your QA team.

7. Build a path for software QA skills development.

In addition to the career development levels (Foundation, Advanced and Expert) and career paths (Test Manager, Test Analyst, Technical Test Analyst), ASTQB offers specialist skills such as Agile, Mobile, Security, Test Automation, Performance, Usability – and more – that improve the abilities of your entire QA team.

8. Gain trust.

ASTQB offers software tester certification as a non-profit, volunteer-led organization. The certifications are based on modern standards that have been developed by more than 100 global software testing experts. ASTQB consists of software testing experts who volunteer their time to promote software quality in the United States and globally.

9. Improve cost effectiveness.

ISTQB doesn’t require recertification at most levels, nor require expensive courses. While we recommend ASTQB-accredited software testing training providers because of their proven quality in preparing testers for the exams, your employees may self study, use in-house trainers, or choose the ASTQB-accredited education – it’s up to you.

10. Get additional 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. Talk with your insurance company to see if you can qualify for discounts based on your employee’s certifications.

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

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.

Syllabi and Glossary

Review the free software testing syllabi (body of knowledge) and software testing glossary.

Post a Job Asking for U.S. Certification

To get U.S.-certified testers, be sure to ask for “ASTQB/ISTQB/AT*SQA,” or “U.S. ISTQB” in the job posting. Our exam provider AT*SQA offers free job postings so you can focus on testers who are U.S.-certified.


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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