International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB®)

The ISTQB® was officially founded as an International Testing Qualifications Board in Edinburgh in November 2002. Their purpose is to support a single, universally accepted, international qualification scheme for software and system testing professionals, by providing the core syllabi and by setting guidelines for the exams which are set by the regional/national boards. The ISTQB® is responsible for the "ISTQB Certified Tester", which is an international qualification scheme and the qualifications in the scheme are based on a syllabus.



ISTQB® has the task of ensuring the following objectives:·

  • Ensuring professional quality and current topics of the scheme
  • Generation and definition of an international core syllabus for every qualification of the above scheme
  • Definition and maintenance of examination structure and regulations
  • Definition and maintenance of accreditation guidelines (for training providers)
  • Definition and maintenance of certification guidelines
  • Definition and maintenance of the "ideal" pass rate
  • Monitoring compliance of the national boards to ISTQB procedures and guidelines · Admission and expulsion of national boards into and from ISTQB


Worldwide Certifications

As of May 2020, ISTQB® has administered over 955,000 exams and issued more than 721,000 certifications in 129 countries worldwide. This makes ISTQB® Certified Tester Scheme the de facto standard for software testing professionals who are currently practicing a common software testing framework, which promotes consistent and good testing practices within all software engineering disciplines.

ISTQB® continuously works and updates the framework (through the certification syllabus), providing the advantage of first-hand industry knowledge and systematically propagating this knowledge globally through the national boards.


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ISTQB® Members


Asia Software Quality Network (ASQN)


MSTB is a member of Asia Software Quality Network (ASQN), an industry-led grouping of Asian Countries, led by Japan, focussing on promotion of software quality throughout the region. Other members of ASQN include China, Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand and Singapore.

Objectives of ASQN are:

  • To share knowledge and experiences on practical methods/ techniques and organizational success stories in in relation to Software Quality practices.
  • To provide opportunities for dedicated organizations, practitioners and researchers to demonstrates their excellent outcomes, capability and professional competencies with regards to Software Quality
  • To propagate good Software Quality practices in the Asian region and be the "voice" to increase awareness on Asia's Software Quality practices at the global level
For more information, visit Asia Software Quality Network (ASQN)


TMMi Foundation


MSTB has been appointed as the TMMi Local Chapter for Malaysia since September 2018.

As a TMMi Local Chapter, MSTB is responsible to promote the TMMi Professional Certification Scheme (for individuals) and TMMi Assessment (for organisational certification) in Malaysia. MSTB also works towards having officially recognised Malaysia-based recognised TMMI professional training providers and TMMi assessment service providers.

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