The ISTQB was officially founded as an International Testing Qualifications Board in Edinburgh in November 2002.

The ISTQB is responsible for the ‘ISTQB-Certified-Tester’, which is an international qualification scheme. Qualifications in the scheme are based on a syllabus, and there shall be a hierarchy of qualifications and guidelines for accreditation and examination.

It is the ISTQB’s role to support a single, universally accepted, international qualification scheme, aimed at software and system testing professionals, by providing the core syllabi and by setting guidelines for accreditation and examination for national boards.

The contents of each syllabus are taught as courses by training providers, which have been accredited by national boards. They are globally marketed under the brand name “ISTQB-Certified-Tester”.

Each course is concluded by an examination covering the contents of the syllabus. After the examination, each successful participant receives the “ISTQB-Certified-Tester” certificate (or the local variant with the added ‘ISTQB-compliant’ logo).

The accreditation process and certification are regulated by accreditation and certification regulations of the national boards in their various valid versions.