Will ISTQB qualifications be recognised in the EU after Brexit?

Will ISTQB qualifications be recognised in the EU after Brexit?

Yes, ISTQB qualifications issued from the UK and Ireland Testing Board (UKITB) accredited exam partners (BCS or iSQI) will continue to be recognised in the EU and worldwide after Brexit.

There will be no change to the status of certificates issued prior to Brexit.


UK and Ireland Testing Board

Following the passing of motion #18 at the recent ISTQB General Assembly in Berlin, the UK and Irish testing boards have merged to form a new regional UK and Ireland Testing Board. The new board will be registered as a company in the UK and called the UK and Ireland Testing Board (UKITB)

The UK is continuing to provide the main services as they onboard testing specialists from Ireland to fully represent the region.

During the transition the UKITB website will be updated and rebranded to reflect the wider regional role. The Irish Testing Board website has already been de-commissioned.

Training suppliers, exam providers and partners from Ireland will be migrated to the UKITB web site.

If you have any queries about the new board or how we can support you across the UK and Ireland, please contact us.

How to add your details to the Successful Candidate Register (SCR)

ISTQB® have implemented a fully searchable Successful Candidate Register.

You can search the register to verify a certificate. Certificate holders meeting the search criteria will be listed with an anonymised certificate number, meaning some digits are replaced by ***. This feature allows UKITB and ISTQB® to protect the certificate number from being misused but gives enough information to verify a certificate number that an individual has provided.

Inclusion in the register is voluntary so not all certificate holders will be included. The register is updated regularly but please allow some time for your details to appear – if you have any concerns please contact your certificate issuer.

BCS LogoiSQI LogoIndividuals holding an ISTQB® certification before the launch of the Successful Candidate Register may not yet be listed, please contact the Exam Provider, either BCS or iSQI who issued your certificate for information on how to be added (note: terms and conditions may vary by exam provider).

If you would like to withdraw or amend your information from the register please contact the Exam Provider, either BCS or iSQI who issued your certificate.

Employment & Certificate Screening

If you need to undertake pre-employment and certificate screening on behalf of a client and have been asked to confirm that a candidate has obtained a professional qualification through the UKITB, you will need to contact the Exam Body that conducted the examination on behalf of the UKITB.

You can contact the exam partners for more details:

BCS Certification Information
Tel: + 44 (0)1793 417655
Email: customerservice@bcs.uk

iSQI Certification Information
Tel: + 44 (0) 118 9000 700
Email: customersupport@isqi.org

How do I find a location to take an exam?

The UK and Ireland Testing Board partner with both BCS and iSQI for exam provision.  Both exam providers deliver online exams as well as public exams and onsite exams when training taken with an accredited training provider.

You can find the closest online exam centre to you via the PearsonVue website and search for our Exam Partners (BCS or iSQI) and then click on:

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Alternatively, you can click the images below to be linked directly to each companies profile on Pearson Vue.BCS Logo
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How do I take an exam?

The UK and Ireland Testing Board has partnered with BCS and iSQI to provide UKITB examinations in the UK.

Both BCS and iSQI can provide exams on site via an accredited training provider, online via Pearson Vue and through public exam sittings.

For more details and how to register for each type and level (Foundation, Advanced, Expert) of exam can be found at via our exam partners:

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How do I replace a lost or missing certificate?

If you have lost or misplaced your ISTQB certificate, it is possible to apply for a replacement from your exam provider.

The UK and Ireland Testing Board partner with both BCS and iSQI for exam provision.

When you contact the exam partner that you took your exam through, please remember you will need to provide your name, training provider (if relevant), exam date and address.

You can contact the exam partners for more details:

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Do Training Providers license training materials?

Some training providers prefer to license training materials rather than create there own course materials, examples, exam questions.

There can be benefits to licencing materials allowing a new training provider to setup and start delivering courses quickly.

A number of the UKITB accredited training providers will licence materials for others use, have a look at the accreditations page for contact details of the accredited providers and the levels they are accredited for.

Contact the training provider and enquire if they are willing to license.

If after discussing with other training providers that licencing is not the way to go and wish to create your own materials, speak to one of the UKITB Exam partners for details on the accreditation requirements and costs.

Are BCS ISEB Practitioner Certificates recognised by the ISTQB?

BCS (ISEB) Practitioner certificates earned by passing an exam taken no later than March 31, 2008 [ under the original BCS practitioner programme] are treated as equivalent to and Certified Tester Advanced Level (CTAL) - Full, this covers the Advanced Test Manager, Advanced Test Analyst, and Advanced Technical Test Analyst certificates earned against the ISTQB CTAL Advanced Syllabus 2007.
Please refer to the full statement in pages 3-4 of the: Advanced Syllabus 2007 Release Plan