Malaysian Software Testing Board (MSTB) is a national body representing the industry interests in promoting Software Quality Assurance (SQA) and software testing as core competencies in the development of IT-dependent quality products and services.
As a member of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB), MSTB regulates the accreditation and certification processes for Malaysia. The certification programs offered by ISTQB syllabus are built upon the best practices and collective testing knowledge contributed by the testing practitioners worldwide. Certifications offered by MSTB are Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) and Certified Tester Advanced Level (CTAL) that are recognised in all member countries of ISTQB. Unlike some other professional certification, there is no requirement to renew one`s certification as it is for a life time.
MSTB also offers the Certified Professional in Requirements Engineering (CPRE) through its partnership with the International Requirements Engineering Board (IREB), that provides the core syllabi and guidelines for accreditation and examination in requirements engineering.
MSTB is also a member of the Asian Software Testing Alliance (ASTA), a regional alliance comprised of member countries of ISTQB. The regional headquarters for ASTA is based in Malaysia with MSTB functioning as its secretariat.
Among the MSTB initiatives is the Malaysia Software Testing Hub (MSTH) program, a strategic public-private partnership with the Government of Malaysia (GoM). The intent of the initiative is to pilot an eco-system that demonstrates the interest of different stakeholders involved and means that are required to ensure a sustainable model to support the MSTH in the future.
MSTH serves as an avenue to identify new opportunities in the global economy having innovative economic model for high income growth as promoted by the GoM. Among the sub programmes in the MSTH are as follows:
the Q-Capability programme, where MSTB builds the capability of software testers and requirements engineers
the Q-Lab programme, the first state-of-the-art lab in the country open to all industries with the objective to promote and facilitate the usage of the testing technologies/practices and related tools used in delivering quality products
the Q-Industry programme, having the objective of propagating the awareness on the importance of Software Quality Assurance (SQA)
the Q-Portal programme, where this portal acts as the communication platform where information, business opportunities and testing services, amongst others, are broadcasted to the public and testing communities