How does a course become accredited? Software testing training companies that offer ISTQB certification compliant courses must first undergo an application process. Three members of the ASTQB review their course materials regarding coverage of the ISTQB certification syllabus. This ensures that someone taking a course with this company has a reasonable chance to pass the exam. The ASTQB also requires that courses be taught by an ISTQB Certified Tester. Other factors, such as experience in training of software professionals and experience in testing, the provision of adequate facilities, and documentation of quality assurance procedures within the applicant’s company, also influence the ASTQB’s decision on accreditation. Are all the software testing training courses offered identical? No. Although the syllabus outlines the areas to be covered, it neither prescribes depth nor a specific ordering of the material. The ASTQB does not offer courses or sell course materials to training companies. One major principle of the program, the separation of exam/certification administration from teaching, ensures choice and competition at the training level. How much does an ISTQB-compliant software testing training course cost? That depends on the software testing training company you choose. Since all accredited training companies operate independently, their pricing will vary. One of the core principles of the ISTQB certification program is to ensure competition at the training level, so please shop around. Do I have to take a software testing training course in order to take the exam? No. The ASTQB will administer the exam independent of any courses. You may take the exam at any of the locations published on the ASTQB website. Courses can be taken to prepare for the exam, and ISTQB compliant courses are being offered by ISTQB accredited training providers. In this case, the ASTQB will send a representative to administer the exam directly following the course per an agreement it has with ISTQB accredited training companies. How can I verify whether a software testing training provider is actually ISTQB accredited? By checking whether or not that software testing training company is on our list of software testing training course providers. Where can I find information on software testing training courses offered by ISTQB accredited training providers? Visit our list of software testing training course providers and follow the links to the software testing training company’s own website to find their most up-to-date schedule. Accreditation How can I become an accredited software testing training provider? Please refer to our guidelines on accreditation by downloading the Training Provider & Course Accreditation Regulations & Submission Form packet. How much does it cost to become an accredited software testing training provider? Please refer to the Training Provider & Course Accreditation Regulations & Submission Form packet. If you are applying for Agile Certification accreditation, please also see the Agile Certification accreditation guidelines. What does the ASTQB do for an accredited software testing training provider? If a training company has been accredited by the ASTQB, the ASTQB will include it in its general marketing effort. The ASTQB presents itself at conventions and will identify you as an accredited training provider. ASTQB will put your company brochure on display at its booth. Accredited training companies are listed on the ASTQB website and linked to from there. Above all, however, the ASTQB will always send a representative to administer an exam at your training location (restrictions apply).