Get Recognition, Jobs and Promotions in Software Testing and QA

ASTQB and ISTQB software testing certifications develop your QA analyst skills and career.

  • 92% of the certified software testers we surveyed felt that certification helps to demonstrate professional competency.
  • The same percentage also felt that certification aids in gaining professional recognition.
  • Every day, hundreds of job postings can be found on U.S. job boards requesting ISTQB/ASTQB certification.
What if I have no experience testing software? Can certification help me get a job as a software tester?

ISTQB Certification from ASTQB can help. Read this requirement from a recent job posting: “At least 1 year of progressive experience in the validation of software systems. Foundation level with Agile Tester Extension ISTQB certification can substitute for this experience.

What if I have experience testing software but don’t have a degree in computer science? How will I get to the next level?

See this job posting: “You will have: BA/BS degree in Computer Science or equivalent software testing certification (ISTQB).”

As you can see, having ISTQB certification can really make a difference! Just as importantly, ASTQB has a software testing skills path that can help you build your testing career for years to come!

Where do I start?

Everyone involved in software quality should start with the relatively easy ISTQB CTFL certification from ASTQB.

Note: You must register for your ISTQB exam here through ASTQB and our ISTQB exam provider AT*SQA because U.S. companies ask us, not ISTQB, if you are certified.

After the foundation level, you have lots of options to build QA skills that are in demand. See the software testing/QA skills and career path.

“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!”

ISTQB Certification is the most popular software testing certification in the world with more than 600,000 testing certificates awarded across 100+ countries. ASTQB is the official U.S. certification board for ISTQB, so American companies check with us to see if you are certified. That’s why you need to register for your ISTQB exam through ASTQB.

It’s easy:

Important: You must register for ISTQB Certification via this ASTQB website because U.S. companies check with us to see if you are ISTQB certified. Bonus: You also get extra benefits by taking your exam via ASTQB, such as easier to understand exam questions!

Learn more below how ASTQB makes you more competitive as you build your software QA skills.


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Here are the top reasons ISTQB software testing certification can help you as a test manager:

ISTQB certification can make you the hero.

Does your CEO understand how important your testing team is to reducing risk, saving time, and saving money? Show your CEO and CFO this important insight: “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.”[1] That’s why your company needs you and your expert team of certified testers.

ISTQB certification provides outstanding return on investment (ROI).

Studies estimate the cost of a post-production software defect in the range of $4,000 – $5,000. If ISTQB Software Tester Certification can help your software tester to eliminate just one post-production defect in his or her career, the ROI for an ISTQB exam is more than 1500%. Learn how software testing certification can cut costs by downloading the free white paper, “Cut Software Development Costs”.

ISTQB certification reduces your risks.

If your team had time to test everything, that would be ideal. But in the real world, deadlines abound. ISTQB Certification helps to address the issue of prioritization and effort allocation. Here is an excerpt from the Advanced Test Manager syllabus: “In risk-based testing, quality risks are identified and assessed during a product quality risk analysis with the stakeholders. The test team then designs, implements, and executes tests to mitigate the quality risks.” See the syllabi to learn more about how ISTQB Certification helps with this important concept of risk-based testing.

ISTQB certification gets your new testers up to speed with clear testing terms and standards.

ISTQB software testing certification brings a common glossary and set of standards so your testers will communicate better across teams and across departments. This is often cited as an immediate, concrete benefit of ISTQB certification: the need to study for certification drives the broad use of the common vocabulary, immediately improving the productivity of communications. ISTQB Software Tester Certification was created by more than 100 global testing experts and is used in 100+ countries, so you can trust it for local and global projects alike.

ISTQB certification retains testers thanks to a clear career path.

The American Psychological Association 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.

Fortunately, for software testers and their supervisors, there is a simple solution: ASTQB and ISTQB Software Tester Certification have career levels (Foundation, Advanced and Expert) and career paths (core options of Test Manager, Test Analyst, Test Manager, plus specialist options such as Agile, Mobile, Security, Test Automation, etc.) that will give your testers the opportunity to prove their knowledge and skills. See the illustrated software testing career path. ISTQB’s career development path and standards will help you retain and develop your best testers because they can see a future within your company. Learn how you can recruit and retain great software testers with our free white paper.

ISTQB certification gives you peace of mind knowing that your team has the knowledge and skills for practical day-to-day testing.

ISTQB certification helps your testers build better software testing processes. From a common testing vocabulary to best in class testing methodologies, ISTQB certification ensures your testers have what it takes to get the job done. Moreover, ISTQB training courses from ASTQB accredited software testing training providers offer a high number of hands-on exercises, providing practical, ready to use knowledge.

ISTQB certification could reduce your expenses.

Aside from reducing defects and saving rework, your company and clients may also now qualify for lower insurance costs thanks to your team’s ISTQB Software Tester Certifications. For example, Hiscox Insurance Company qualifies 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 your company, your clients, and you.

Learn how ISTQB software testing certification can help you personally as a manager. Download our free white paper on how to lead the way as a test team leader and apply for our free consultation on tester training and retention.