Some strange thing is happening. I have a CV of a candidate for taking position in my project. They state they have ISTQB certificate and provide certificate number. But I am not able to find any information about how to verify if the certificate is valid.

I've searched around the Internet and all the results I get refer to the examination and courses providers (likely because of their well work in SEO domain) but no results saying how to verify the issued certificate.

The most relevant resource I managed to find is http://scr.istqb.org but it declares that it keeps only ones issued not earlier than in years 2018-2017 (and even there is quite a small probability to find the required cert for 2k17).

I do not believe such a huge certification business does not provide some single-point verification resource that would be reliable and comprehensive. I do likely miss some searching skills. I would appreciate your help.

Thank you!

  • Is there a specific reason why you're trying to verify the applicant's certification rather than the knowledge you expect the applicant to have because of the certification? With a few questions you should be able to assess whether or not someone actually knows the material or not... – Cronax May 17 at 14:26
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    Yes, there is. This is called pre-screening. Not to waste time to organize the interview. This is the effective approach when you have a lot of CV to review. – Alexey R. May 17 at 14:28
  • Wow.. that seems like a lot of work to me.. do you receive a lot of applications with false credentials? I've never had any reason to believe that applicants that I interviewed were being dishonest about that. – Pieter A May 17 at 15:52
  • I always do some quick fact-checking preliminary. Candidates like to draw more beautiful pictures than the real state of things or to tell a half-truth. So I would be happy to have a quick ISTQB validation to make the process autonomous like, say, you have with SSL certs validation. I do believe there would be nearly zero percent false-cred. but checking the cert validity is at least fair in relation to those who invested a lot of effort and money to get a valid certificate. – Alexey R. May 17 at 16:12
  • Although not your question: I would focus on things you really want to know from you candidates. In my experience having certificates (legit ones) don't tell me much in real life... – Ray Oei May 19 at 14:51
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Sir you just ask the link through which he has downloaded the certificate because that is unique link which we receive on completion of certificate.

Even I am ISQTB certified tester through ISQI German Board, so i have received the link from their email address to download the certificate and that is official link. You could easily identify.

If you have the candidates certificate number, their candidate number or registration number, and it was awarded by BCS... you can check the validity here.

This suggests that you should be able to get more information through an ISTQB Member Board:

https://www.istqb.org/exams-root/counterfeit-certificate-warning.html

To verify the authenticity of your ISTQB® certificate or ISTQB® Exam Provider, or if you are suspicious about the way any training or exams are conducted, please contact the ISTQB® Member Board nearest to you, providing details of the certificate and of the Exam/ Training Provider.

  • Thanks! This seems to be quite tricky though :( I thought there should have been some more time-effective way. – Alexey R. May 17 at 11:41
  • The passage you quite isn't about certificates but about certificate providers meaning places where you can obtain certification. – Cronax May 17 at 14:02
  • @AlexeyR. you're welcome, I guess they are working on such a platform with the link you provided yourself. I'm surprised how easy it is to get a list of people named John with a certificate. – Pieter A May 17 at 15:54
  • @Cronax the first words of the quote are "To verify the authenticity of your ISTQB® certificate". – Pieter A May 17 at 15:54
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    @PieterA 'you can read it as To verify the authenticity of your (ISTQB® certificate or ISTQB® Exam) Provider'. Not sure that's what they mean, but yay@language ambiguity. – David Mulder May 17 at 17:14

With privacy regulations such GDPR, it's not surprising that you would need to check with the ISTQB member board. For those who live in the U.S. or work for a U.S. company, you can search the official certification list of the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB, ISTQB in the U.S.) at:

https://www.astqb.org/sections/list-of-certified-testers.php

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