All applicants. either:
CaSTB can also provide accreditations in English language.
The CaSTB expects prospective training material owners or providers to have studied the ISTQB and CaSTB Constitutions, glossary and the appropriate syllabus, so that they have a full understanding of all requirements before preparing and submitting their applications. The CaSTB accreditation committee will reject incomplete applications.
In reviewing the application, the CaSTB accreditation committee will verify that the training provider has the ability to teach the appropriate syllabus material using competent staff and appropriate materials.
The CaSTB requires evidence of detailed planning and thought in the preparation to run an accredited training. Training material owners or providers may include published documents and other existing material in their application. The CaSTB expects that all trainers should have demonstrable knowledge and practical experience in software testing. Furthermore, all trainers must hold the certificate for the level that they teach.
The training material owner should submit an application by filling-in the Application for accreditation form. This will include the following data:
The training providers should submit an application using the Application for accreditation form including the following data:
Note: This is needed when the applicant receives training services of an already accredited training provider.
Note: Training providers wishing to offer trainings in Czech or Slovak language based on already accredited training materials in other language than they are applying for, have to apply for the accreditation of their translated training materials (i.e. Czech or Slovak) first.
For first-time applicants. The main flow of the process is made for this type.
Following are the steps defined for the pre-application stage (mainly for applicant preparations):
Note: Application for accreditation can be done only after filling-in all relevant fields in the application form and attaching all relevant materials, as described above and in the following process stages.
After getting the application form and material, the CaSTB accreditation committee manager acts as follows:
Note: There is no option to appeal against the accreditation committee recommendations. The applicant can choose to apply for a re-accreditation path again.
Note: CaSTB members and/or accreditation committee members shall ensure that there is no conflict of interests related to a specific application.
CaSTB will endeavor to process the application in the shortest possible time. The application will take no more than three months.
During the accreditation-processing period, training material owners or providers may mention that the training has been submitted for accreditation, but may not advertise the training as accredited or use the CaSTB or ISTQB logos.
Once accreditation is granted, the training material owner or provider will receive notification of the CaSTB accreditation committee’s decision. Upon receiving accreditation, the training material owner or provider has permission to advertise the training as accredited. Once accredited, training material owners or providers may use the CaSTB logo and the ISTQB logo for the accredited training. A formal certification of the accreditation will be issued by CaSTB for that training material owner or provider as described above.
As a condition of accreditation, training material owners and providers must comply with any changes in regulations or the syllabus. The CaSTB will usually give training material owners and providers at least 6 months notice of significant changes. Failure to comply with changes may lead to withdrawal of accreditation with no accreditation fee return.
All training material owners and providers should plan on receiving at least one audit of a training during the 3 year accreditation period. In addition, CaSTB reserves the right to monitor the performance of accredited training providers in a variety of ways, e.g. by short notice audit visits to trainings in progress and by assessment of examination results. Training providers are therefore required to notify CaSTB of all training dates together with venue information. The training provider and the accreditation committee will receive a report from the auditor(s). The report is confidential, subject to the CaSTB Mutual Non Disclosure and Confidentiality Agreement, and disclosed only to members of the CaSTB executive board and/or accreditation committee members, on a “need to know” basis.
The CaSTB may withdraw accreditation at any time in the case of behavior that undermines the integrity of the certification. Examples include substitution of unapproved trainers, deletion of required topics from the training materials, inadequate time devoted to required topics, providing confidential CaSTB or ISTQB materials to training attendees as study guides, or making misleading claims regarding the trainings. If CaSTB detects such behavior, the CaSTB alternatively may request immediate remedial action by the training provider as a condition of retaining accreditation.
At the end of each accreditation period, the accreditation committee will conduct a review and may wish to audit the training provider. If the review proves satisfactory, the CaSTB will renew the training providers accreditation for a further 3 year period, providing the training provider paid the renewal fee in full.
The CaSTB must approve all trainers prior to their teaching of an accredited training. The training provider should submit the candidate trainer’s CV. The candidate trainer must have at least 5 years practical experience in software testing and at least 3 years practical experience in trainings of software knowledge. The accreditation committee may interview the applicant by phone or in person. The CaSTB will approve or reject a candidate trainer within 3 weeks. Rejected trainers, along with the training provider who nominated the trainer, will receive notification of the reason.
Training material owners or providers must submit all applications and information to the CaSTB in English, Czech or Slovak. Training materials submitted for accreditation must be in the selected language chosen for the accreditation.
The CaSTB charges fees as follows:
|Training provider with own training materials accreditation for each language for 3 years (non-refundable)||2000 EUR|
|Training provider with own training materials re-evaluation for each language||500 EUR|
|Training provider with own training materials re-accreditation for each language after every 3 years||1000 EUR|
|Training provider with licensed training materials accreditation for 3 years (non-refundable)||1000 EUR|
|Training provider with licensed training materials re-evaluation for each additional trainer||250 EUR|
|Training provider with licensed training materials re-accreditation after every 3 years||500 EUR|
Note: The CaSTB as a non-profit organization keeps fees to the minimum amount required to cover expenses of CaSTB administration and promotion of the ISTQB qualification scheme.
CaSTB will check to see that training materials submitted for accreditation belong to the applicant. However, CaSTB cannot guarantee that training material owners or providers commit to not breaching copyrights. If a training material owner can prove that an organization applying for accreditation or already accredited by CaSTB has infringed copyright laws, CaSTB will reject the application or withdraw accreditation and ask the organization to re-submit new materials. The applicant will also be expected to pay a second accreditation fee. Please note that CaSTB will not become further involved in any dispute between the two Training material owners or providers.
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The delivery mechanisms are: email, post, and by hand.
The delivery mechanisms will be used as defined in the accreditation procedure.
The CaSTB reserves the right to change these accreditation guidelines when appropriate and without prior notice.