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

Protect your reputation and profit. Before hiring, be sure your software testers are on the Official U.S. List of Certified Software Testers, even if they work remotely from another country.

The American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB) makes it easy to develop and certify your testing professionals. From security testing to test automation to test management, ASTQB and its non-profit exam provider, AT*SQA, have a comprehensive software testing skills path that will help your company develop user-friendly, reliable software.

Don’t wait until your software is in the news. If you are a manager with decision-making authority, you may request a consultation to learn how easy it is to reduce your risk with software testing certification from ASTQB and our non-profit exam provider, AT*SQA.

Scroll below the video for the top 10 reasons ISTQB certification from ASTQB and AT*SQA can help your bottom line.

Here are the top 10 reasons software testing certification from ASTQB and AT*SQA 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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Software QA Skills Development.

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


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.

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. See how ISTQB certification from ASTQB is so cost effective in out-of-pocket costs as well as answers 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

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Free Consultation by an ASTQB / AT*SQA 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, and its non-profit exam provider, AT*SQA. This volunteer will help you identify the best test team structure and use of ISTQB certification to meet your software quality goals. Request a consultation and we’ll put you in touch with one of our ASTQB / AT*SQA volunteer experts. We are providing this 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 AT*SQA test centers globally.

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.


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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