The mission of the Association for Software Testing is to advance the understanding of the science and practice of software testing according to Context-Driven principles

Our principles around the education of software testers and their certification are shared in our community, if not so much in the wider industry of selling training and prep courses. Today, we’re announcing a new partnership with Altom to offer Community Tracks of the most current Black Box Software Testing® (BBST) courses!

We’re excited to partner with Altom to offer an improved BBST® experience for our students, and to work together with Altom to advance the vision of software testing instruction Cem Kaner and Becky Fiedler created for the Context-Driven community. AST now uses the same platform and content that Altom uses to deliver BBST®. AST uses volunteer instruction and leans more heavily on peer evaluation of assignments in the Community Track, at a reduced cost. Altom’s Main Track Edition offers more direct instructor relationships and individual feedback. You can learn more about Altom’s BBST® Courses here.

Altom owns the BBST trademark. As friends of AST and supporters of our community, they worked with us to find the right way for everyone to win. By partnering with Altom, we will help grow the BBST® experience, and help the vision of testing education we believe in grow and succeed.