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

Do I need to take the BCS Intermediate Certificate?

There is no requirement for anyone wishing to take the ISTQB Advanced exams to have taken the BCS Intermediate Certificate.

It is an optional step which some testers may find helpful in reaching the knowledge required to pass the ISTQB Advanced exams.

ISTQB class the BCS Intermediate Certificate as complementary, meaning that is complements the ISTQB Certified Tester Scheme.

If you do decide that you would like to take the BCS Intermediate Certificate, more information, syllabus, costs and exam format can be found here

Is the Foundation Certificate an ISTQB or ISEB qualification?

The foundation certificate is the entry level qualification for software testers in the ISTQB® Certified Tester Scheme.

The ISEB branding has been discontinued by the BCS.

Candidates will follow defined learning objectives as defined in the syllabus to remember, understand, apply and analyse the basic concepts of software testing.  The course is aimed at anyone involved in software testing, it will also be of interest to project managers, quality managers, business analysts and IT directors or management consultants.

Courses and exams are derived from the ISTQB® syllabus and supported with a multiple choice exam that has 40 questions set from K1 to K3 level [Remember, Understand, and Apply].

What is the ISEB Qualification Portfolio?

Following extensive research with IT professionals, training providers, employers and industry experts, BCS have repositioning the ISEB range of certifications as the BCS Professional Certification portfolio.

The BCS Professional Certification portfolio offers qualifications in a number of areas:

More details can be found at

BCS and UK and Ireland Testing Board sign agreement

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT which promotes qualifications for professionals has signed an agreement with the UK and Ireland Testing Board (UKITB). The agreement will see the two organisations working more closely together to promote and support Software testing accreditation and certification internationally. UKITB will become the preferred supplier for the Institute’s software testing exams at Foundation and Advanced levels in accordance with the international ISTQB program. 
Agreement signed
Mike Smith (UKITB), Michiel Van der Voort (BCS) & Geoff Thompson (UKITB)
The agreement will also see the Institute working more closely with an increasing number of ISTQB boards around the world.
Internationally, software testing exams are currently available at a number of different entry points from Foundation to Advanced. For those professionals looking for certification beyond Advanced level, ISTQB will be providing its Expert level exam. The Institute will continue to offer its UK only Practitioner level in Software Testing until early 2011.
Michiel Van der Voort, Director, International and Professional Development Services, for BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT explains: “As the Chartered Institute for IT, we’re delighted to have reached this agreement with UKITB.  Together we have an enormous amount of experience in this arena and we can deliver a high quality service to the software testing community internationally.”
Geoff Thompson, Chairman of the UKITB welcomes the agreement, saying: “This is an exciting step forward for the software testing community which is central to the IT profession. By working together in this way, we can continue to increase the standard for software testing internationally.”
Yaron Tsubery the current president of the ISTQB adds: “This agreement helps software testers in the UK and around the world clearly understand the standards they need to meet. It supports ISTQB’ goal to be the worldwide leading program for the development and certification of software testers.”

Why is this good for the UK Testing Industry?

For trainees:

For employers:

For training providers: