About MSTB

Malaysian Software Testing Board (MSTB) is a national body representing the industry interests in promoting Software Quality Assurance (SQA) and software testing as core competencies in the development of IT-dependent quality products and services.

As a member of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB), MSTB regulates the accreditation and certification processes for Malaysia. The certification programs offered by ISTQB syllabus are built upon the best practices and collective testing knowledge contributed by the testing practitioners worldwide. Certifications offered by MSTB are Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) and Certified Tester Advanced Level (CTAL) that are recognised in all member countries of ISTQB. Unlike some other professional certification, there is no requirement to renew one’s certification as it is for a life time.

MSTB also offers the Certified Professional in Requirements Engineering (CPRE) through its partnership with the International Requirements Engineering Board (IREB), which provides the core syllabi and guidelines for accreditation and examination in requirements engineering.

MSTB is also a member of the Asian Software Testing Alliance (ASTA), a regional alliance comprised of member countries of ISTQB. The regional headquarters for ASTA is based in Malaysia with MSTB functioning as its secretariat.

Mission & Vision


1.     To promote software testing as a respectable profession throughout the ICT industry in Malaysia.


2.     To propagate the ISTQB tester certification as a standard for K-Workers within the ICT profession in Malaysia

3.    To promote growth of IT software industry in Malaysia through quality software that is of world-standard and   recognized worldwide.


1.     To engage participation of the industry to adopt and adapt testing as integral part of quality.


2.     Contribute to the supply of K-Workers by providing the skill sets required by the ICT industry through ISTQB  Certification programs.

3.     To contribute to the common body of understanding and knowledge about testing through participation in ISTQB   platforms.


Other Information

Registered as Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG) in Malaysia.

- Protem Committee formed in mid 2006

- Accepted as ISTQB member in November 2006

- Incorporated on 23rd June 2008

- Company number: 822609-W

- Officially represent IREB in Malaysia in early 2009


Led by the Board of Directors comprising of practitioners, consultants, trainers, academicians and other IT industry stakeholder. Any income generated to be used in support of the Software Quality Assurance (SQA) intent, such as:

  1. Promotion of the ISTQB Certified Tester scheme
                  •    - Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL)
                  •    - Certified Tester Advanced Level (CTAL)
                  •    - Certified Tester Expert Level (CTEL)

  2. Promotion of the IREB Certified Requirements Engineering scheme
    •     - Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering (CPRE)
  3. MSTB Working Committee/Group efforts and/or activities


Organization Structure




MSTB Board of Directors

​Director & President:
Mastura Abu Samah

Mr. Yeow Daw Swee

Amiruddin Jaafar Sidek, CTFL, CTAL-TM

Dr. Suhaimi Ibrahim, Ph.D (UTM), CTFL

Mich​ael Cornelius

Committee Members

To be announced (TBA)


Among the MSTB initiatives is the Malaysia Software Testing Hub (MSTH) programme, a strategic public-private partnership with the Government of Malaysia (GoM). The intent of the initiative is to “pilot” an eco-system that demonstrates the interest of different stakeholders involved and “means” that are required to ensure a sustainable model to support the MSTH in the future.

MSTH serves as an avenue to identify new opportunities in the global economy having innovative economic model for high income growth as promoted by the GoM. Among the sub programmes in the MSTH are as follows:

  1. The Q-Capability programme
    Where MSTB builds the capability of software testers and requirements engineers.
  2. The Q-Lab programme
    The first state-of-the-art lab in the country open to all industries with the objective to promote and facilitate the usage of the testing technologies/practices and related tools used in delivering quality products.
  3. The Q-Industry programme
    Having the objective of propagating the awareness on the importance of Software Quality Assurance (SQA).
  4. The Q-Portal programme
    Where this portal acts as the communication platform where information, business opportunities and testing services, amongst others, are broadcasted to the public and testing communities.