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Planit Ltd becomes national QAMP provider for Australia and New Zealand
In the course of the ISTQB Meeting in Krakow, Poland, iSQI has successfully advanced the internationalization of the QAMP (Quality Assurance Management Professional) standard.
Planit Director Chris Carter, who is also the President of the ANZTB (Australia and New Zealand Testing Board), has signed the agreement that makes Planit Test Management Solutions PTY Ltd. the national QAMP provider for Australia and New Zealand.
Planit Ltd is already the ninth international institution which has acknowledged the necessity of quality assurance in the field of software and thus opted for supporting the QAMP certification standard.
All QAMP providers to date:
- Austrian Testing Board (Austria)
- Indian Testing Board (India)
- Korean Testing Board (South Korea)
- Planit Test Management Solutions Ltd (Australia and New Zealand)
- South African Software Testing Qualification Board (South Africa)
- South East European Testing Board (Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro)
- Spanish Software Testing Qualifications Board (Spain)
- Swiss Testing Board (Switzerland)
- United Kingdom Testing Board (UK)
Further information on QAMP can be found here: www.qamp.org
CONQUEST 2009: UK Testing Board signs QAMP-agreement
On the first day of the 12th CONQUEST in Nuremberg UKTB President Geoff Thompson and iSQI Director Stephan Goericke agreed upon a co-operation for the topic of Quality Assurance Management Professional (QAMP).
The UKTB will be acting as national QAMP provider from October 2009 and thus be the contact point for everyone interested in QAMP in the UK.
The UKTB is already the eighth ISQTB member to acknowledge the huge importance of a high-quality training for QA-Managers and hence lends its support to the QAMP certification scheme.
First Canadian QAMP was interviewed by the Canadian Software Testing Board
Read the article on: http://www.cstb.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=42&Itemid=38
CONQUEST 2009 − Gain experience evidence for your QAMP Certification
Listen to the international sessions and tutorials on quality engineering,
gain experience evidence for your QAMP Certification, raise the beer mug with us and let iSQI sponsor 50% of your CONQUEST ticket.
The 12th international Conference on Quality Engineering in Software Technology (CONQUEST) will take place from 16-18 September 2009 at the Georg Simon Ohm University of Applied Sciences in Nuremberg, Germany
Education instead of crisis!
True to the motto "MAKE FiT" iSQI champions the further education of professionals from the IT industry and thus takes the initiative for a successful 2009.
Current action: When you register for a QAMP certification in 2009 iSQI will bear the full examination fee for a module certificate like Software Test, Requirements Engineering, Secure Software Engineering or Project Management.
We grant an education loan without repayment.
For many years now iSQI has stood for high-quality advancement of skilled personnel. The institute is certified according to ISO 9001:2008, its certification processes are audited to be in accordance with ISO 17024. We want to use our long-time experience to help as many employees as possible to get through the crisis unscathed. Hence we will actively participate in the costs of our clients´ further education.
Here you can find the current actions of iSQI's Education Campaign (http://www.makefit.org/index.html)
Worldwide: QAMP now in Colombia, Canada and the Netherlands
iSQI’s certification standard QAMP continues to be well received by the community:
Thanks to certification examinations in Colombia, Canada and the Netherlands you can by now find certified Quality Assurance Management Professionals 17 countries: Germany, USA, India, Spain, UK, Austria, South Africa, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Colombia, Belgium, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, South Korea, Canada and the Netherlands.
Erik van Veenendaal, first certified QAMP in the Netherlands, thinks: "The QAMP super certificate ensures that professionals broaden their scope, e.g. an ISTQB certified tester will also need to study requirements engineering to pass the IREB exam. Broadening the scope of knowledge will lead to improved communication and professionals that understand each others challenges. Both are key critical factors for project success. QAMP is not just about certification; it is all about providing a career opportunity for becoming a more advanced quality assurance professional, who can make the difference on a challenging project."
ISTQB Meeting Sydney: SASTQB new QAMP provider
During the course of the ISTQB Meeting in Sydney SASTQB Director Mike Snyman and iSQI Director Stephan Goericke signed an agreement which makes the South African Software Testing Qualification Board (SASTQB) the national provider for iSQI.s certification program QAMP (Quality Assurance Management Professional) in South Africa.
The SASTQB is the fifth international Board that has recognized the need for quality assurance in the field of software and thus decided to support the QAMP certification standard.
In the recent past the ATB (Austria), the STB (Switzerland), the ITB (India) and the SSTQB (Spain) have already signed a similar agreement.
CeBIT ticker: iSQI receives award from Brandenburg's Minister of Economic Affairs for QAMP certification scheme
Director Stephan Goericke receives the award for the development of the qualification scheme QAMP from the hands of Brandenburg's Minister of Economic Affairs Ulrich Junghanns (f. l. t. r.).
Ulrich Junghanns, Minister of Economic Affairs of Brandenburg, awarded iSQI Director Stephan Goericke with a special prize at the CeBIT in Hannover.
The certificate was handed over at iSQI's booth "As a token of appreciation for iSQI's contribution to fight the shortage of skilled personnel in the sector of information and communication technology, by developing the quality assurance scheme »Quality Assurance Management Professional (QAMP)«."
"This exceptional acknowledgement makes us very proud and is at the same time an incentive to keep up the fight for the continued improvement of skilled personnel with the help of international standards," said Stephan Goericke. All over the world - global players like Hewlett Packard or SQS AG are QAMP clients - personnel is trained and certified according to the standard developed by Goericke.
QAMP combines the need to prove theoretical knowledge with the proof of practical experience. It enables older employees to get their professional experience certified - an advantage when competing with younger employees on the job market. The certificates are sent from Potsdam into the whole world - for example to India, Egypt, China and the USA.
SQC conference recommended by QAMP
The Software & Systems Quality Conference (27th - 29th May) will be held in Düsseldorf, Germany, this year. QAMP certificate holders will have the opportunity to meet the speakers of the conference in the exclusive QAMP lounge, set up especially for QAMPs. QAMP certificate holders have free access to the lounge. Attending the conference for at least two days is recognized as a proof of practical experience for the re-certification.
More information on the SQC can be found at http://www.sqs-conferences.com
Spanish Software Testing Qualifications Board (SSTQB) becomes QAMP-Provider
Since Tuesday, the Spanish Software Testing Qualifications Board (SSTQB) belongs to the group of international provider of QAMP (Quality Assurance Management Professional). Henceforth also Spain provides an international contact point for iSQIs certification scheme QAMP, following suit of Austria (ATB), Switzerland (STB) and India (ITB).
The contract has been signed by iSQIs Director Stephan Goericke and José, President of the SSTQB, who both are looking forward to keep working together. "We have been working successfully with the SSTQB within the certification of software testing since the beginning of 2008 and I am glad that now we will also bring forward QAMP together", says Goericke. José also emphasises the importance of extending ones skills and continuing education: "The Spanish Testing Board is very proud to be the QAMP partner of iSQI in Spain. We believe that QAMP is not only an added value for the professionals but also for the hiring companies: Due to the QAMP certification the companies are assured that they are hiring skilled practitioners".
Interview Testing Experience: Andreas Golze, Global Practice Director Hewlett Packard, and Stephan Goericke, Director International Software Quality Institute
Indian Testing Board becomes QAMP-Provider
At the sidelines of the Indian conference "Test 2008" in New Delhi, the Indian Testing Board declared that they will provide the certification of iSQI's QAMP Quality Assurance Management Professional as national authority in India. Since many conference participants are already ISTQB Certified Testers but would like to demonstrate their knowledge in Requirements Engineering and would appreciate a credit for their project experience, the interest in QAMP at the conference was very high. Stephan Goericke, Director iSQI, introduced the scheme at a session on Thursday morning. He underlined the need for testers to broaden their knowledge and increase their skills in other domains. Because especially for outsourcing countries like India that will gain importance, he stated.
Austrian Testing Boad is now a National QAMP Provider
On Tuesday, October 7th, 2008, the Austrian IT training providers ANECON and Spirit in Projects have hosted a QAMP themed breakfast in Vienna.
In the course of the lectures the invited audience was informed about the QAMP scheme, iSQI general manager Stephan Goericke explained the QAMP concept and informed about its value for companies and employees.
The event resulted in an agreement between iSQI and the Austrian Testing Board (ATB) that the ATB will be authorised to be the National QAMP provider in Austria.
Therefore, the ATB is the new Austrian contact for those interested in QAMP.
The QAMP (Quality Assurance Management Professional) scheme was developed in a co-operation with the IT industry. In addition to a broad theoretical knowledge - which needs to be demonstrated by 3 successfully passed certification examinations - it attests the practical knowledge and project experience of the certified employee. For further information regarding QAMP please see www.qamp.org.
The International Software Quality Institute (iSQI), headquartered in Erlangen and Potsdam, Germany, develops internationally accepted certification standards for advanced vocational training in the area of software quality. Building on established programs - from personnel certification to international standardization - iSQI seeks to advance the field by coordinating efforts aiming at new, higher industry standards. iSQI simultaneously gathers industry input and research findings and is therefore a think-tank for practice-oriented solutions in software quality.
Industry Leaders Announce New Software Quality Testing Certification
PLANO, Texas . EDS, an HP company; the International Software Quality Institute (iSQI); and Rex Black Consulting Services (RBCS) today announced a new worldwide quality testing certification that establishes a new standard for the education of software testers.
The Quality Assurance Management Professional (QAMP®) certification helps technology organizations increase the effectiveness of, and achieve better business outcomes with, applications that meet business needs with reliable performance.
Product development, whether it is defining requirements or implementation, is no longer a centralized project as most companies operate development teams that work concurrently from locations worldwide. As a result, it is increasingly important to ensure that project teams are on the same page throughout the entire process.
"Worldwide standardization is the key to the success of quality testing services," said Stephan Goericke, director, iSQI, and inventor of QAMP. "QAMP provides a modular certification that bridges the gap between business analysis at the front end and test execution at the back end of the process. Moreover, year-long project experience is also recognized and independently evaluated."
"Widespread adoption of QAMP will help certified professionals effectively and efficiently work together to build quality software," said Rex Black, president, RBCS. "This will result in lowering the costs of field failure, increasing confidence in their releases and reducing the risk of defects."
Organizations today rely on software applications as part of their day-to-day operations, making software quality assurance critical for business success. Existing quality assurance programs typically focus on specific areas of the process, which creates an insular test and development process. To be successful, qualified testers have to bridge the gap between business and technology.
QAMP professionals must be certified and demonstrate standardized knowledge in requirements gathering, software testing and test management. To ensure that testers are trained on each step of the development process, QAMP incorporates several industry-standard certifications, including International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) Foundation Level, ISTQB Advanced Level . Test Manager and the International Requirements Engineering Board (IREB) Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering . Foundation Level. The QAMP certification also requires two years of experience in software quality assurance.
"The new QAMP designation will differentiate professionals who have achieved the most comprehensive quality testing certification in the world," said Andy Mattes, senior vice president, Application Services, EDS, an HP company. "We are committed to having all of our test professionals certified in accordance with this standard and will also provide training courses for our customers. As a leader in quality testing certifications and application quality management software and services, HP is working to develop more effective methodologies and products that deliver better business outcomes from inception to delivery."
SAQ has become national QAMP-Provider in Switzerland and Liechtenstein
The contact partner for QAMP apart from iSQI is the Swiss Association for Quality (SAQ) in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
SAQ administers all QAMP certification examinations in both countries as partner of iSQI.
iSQI presents QAMP at World Congress in the USA
Bethseda, M.D.: The new certificate for Quality Assurance Management Professionals (QAMP) was the subject of iSQI director Mr Stephan Goericke’s speech, which he held on the second day of the World Congress for Software Quality (4WCSQ). In front of an eager expert public he explained the possibilities of the tailored qualification program and of the certification of project experience, which is now possible for the very first time. The audience was keenest to learn more about the model of re-certification, as it guarantees the up-to-dateness of the certificate holder’s knowledge.
Mr Goericke will hold another speech on QAMP on the 10/07/08 in Vienna at a "QAMP breakfast" and on the 10/16/08 in New Delhi at the Test2008 Conference.
QAMP® introduced to the ISTQB
On March 18th, Director Stephan Goericke officially introduced the new iSQI certification QAMP® Quality Assurance Management Professional to the ISTQB general assembly in Zurich. Some representatives of national boards already announced to give their consent to support the scheme. They believe that QAMP® might be supportive for the available ISTQB schemes. Goericke is now asked to introduce QAMP® in detail to all national boards so that they can enter into a process of reviewing for formal endorsing until the next meeting in Sofia at the SEETEST conference in July.