The UK Testing Board

The UK Testing Board (UKTB) is a not for Profit legal entity formed in 2007 who’s roles include:

  • Support for the ISTQB certification schemes in the UK
  • Provision of accreditation for ISTQB trainers and training materials in the UK via our exam partners (BCS and iSQI)
  • Working with testers, employers, education, and other standard bodies to advance the professionalism of the software testing profession in the UK
  • The power behind UK language ISTQB exams for BCS and iSQI
  • Leading the industrialisation of Software Testing within the UK market through process consistency and standards adoption

If you would like more details please contact the UK Testing Board at [email protected] or check out the website at



SoftTest Ireland was established in 2002. Its objectives are to – Provide a forum to share testing experiences, enabling networking with other testing professionals in Ireland – Provide opportunities to gain knowledge to help improve the testing process in their own organisations -Support and encourage professional development and training for testers and students of software testing.


Topic: Smart Testing in a Technology Driven World

When: 19th October 2017

Where: Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

If you would like more details you can check out our websire at


BCS SIGIST (Special Interest Group in Software Testing)

The BCS SIGIST was established in 1989 to further the interests/education of software/system testers, and is now the largest independent group of testers in the UK. It hosts conferences five times each year in London with presentations on all aspects of testing as well as providing a good opportunity for members to network.

The SIGIST also runs a library, hosts book reviews and has an exhibition by vendors of testing tools/services running in parallel with each conference. A newsletter is issued on a regular basis to keep members in touch, with news/articles etc. The SIGIST invites Keynote Speakers who are renowned internationally for their testing experience to present papers, providing members with the opportunity to question them on aspects of testing. Occasionally the conferences also include BOF (Birds of a Feather) sessions allowing individuals to join a group to discuss specific testing issues.

The SIGIST is one of the largest Special Interest Groups within the BCS, always attracting large attendances. There are nearly 3,000 testers on their database, and membership provides a number of preferential benefits.

Email: Kerry Earl – [email protected]



London Tester Gathering

This group aims to provide a meeting place and regular events for anyone involved in testing products which are developed in an Agile environment. Come to meet fellow testers, share stories and experiences about tools and techniques which may, or may not, have solved testing problems on other Agile projects. This is also a place of learning, where live demonstrations of tools will be given for FREE – no more expensive training courses for simple (and free) open-source testing tools. The group will decide what topics we cover at our meetings – and what tools will be demonstrated and taught. So if you want to know how to integrate Slim with Webdriver, how BDD should be used from a testers perspective, or even how Selenium IDE can be used to automate regression testing on your website, then join the group and request then vote for the topic of your choice. Look forward to seeing you at the meetups



Liverpool Tester Gathering

Liverpool tester gathering is a gathering organised by testers, for anyone interested in learning about testing.

We love our event!

Join Us!

Talk: Testing Question Time (with Beer and Pizza)

When: Thursday 16th November 2017


Where: Avenue HQ, 17 Mann Island, Liverpool Waterfront England UK, L31BP , Liverpool, GB

Last meet up before Christmas and we thought we’d trial the idea of a Q and A using questions from the wisdom of the crowd who attend the gatherings.

The MP’s equivalent = Our panel of testing thought leaders (lets hope its gets really feisty)

The crowd from Question Time = You guys (lets hope you get feisty)

David Dimbleby = The Rathbone (we don’t want him to get Feisty)

We’re currently working on the details so will present the panel(s) as they’re generated. Get in touch if you want to be involved, we’ve already had lots of interest, but really keen to hear from anybody who would be interested in being involved.

A few names that are making up the panel

  • Richard George – head of Engineering Shop Direct (Ex Amazon, and The Hut Group)
  • Claire Reckless – Senior QA Engineer from Avecto
  • Ian Smith – Head of Innovation at ROQ
  • Shane Powell – Development Manager

Questions can be prepared in advance or just thrown out on the day, ideally testing/software related but these things never go to plan, especially with Leigh as compere for the evening.


Twitter: @LplTesterGather 

Assurance Leadership Forum

Assurance Leadership Forum

The Forums are an online resource but also organise quarterly meetings in Central London on the last wednesday of January, April, July and October. The forums cover many topic areas including:

  • Assurance in the large and the small
  • Test Team and People Management
  • Project/Programme Test Management
  • Agile Test Management
  • Test Strategy and Communicating It
  • Technical Testing (Performance, Non-Functional Testing)
  • Usability, User Experience Testing

The 56th Assurance Leadership Forum

When: Wednesday 25 October 2017

Time: 1 to 5:15

Where: Balls’s Brothers, Minster Court


Community for Agile Testing London

Community for Agile Testing London

The aim of the Community for Agile Testing group is to bring together people who are interested in Agile Testing to form a community where we can explore the role, share experiences and help provide the industry with greater clarity of what the role involves. We also hope to promote open communication, knowledge sharing and avenues for those wishing to become an Agile Tester or for those wishing to hire an Agile Tester as well as many ways to achieve excellence in the role.


Twitter: @London__CAT


London Selenium Meetup

London Selenium Group

The London Selenium Meetup [#LDNSE] is an open group of automation engineers (Test, DevOps) of all skill levels who come together to share, learn, network, or just have a good time.

Our focus is not only Selenium tool but topics that extend through related areas of interest, such as Agile testing, Test-Driven Development, Behaviour Driven Development, Continuous Integration, Continuous Deployment, building maintainable automated test scripts and much more.

Interested in speaking at one of our events? You can submit talk for the future Selenium Meetup by filling ‘Talk Submission‘ form.


Twitter: @SeleniumLondon



Scottish Testing Group

Scottish Testing Group

The Scottish Testing Group is one of the BCS Specialist groups.  The BCS acts as an umbrella and provides basic support for groups of individuals sharing a common interest in specific technical subjects within Information Technology.  However, you do not have to be a member of the BCS to join our group or attend our meetings.


The main aim of the Scottish Testing Group is to promote and share excellence in systems and software testing in Scotland.  The group also enables networking with other testing professionals and provides each member of the Group with the opportunity to gain knowledge and improve their testing skills.


We organise two half day events each year alternating between Glasgow and Edinburgh and although the Group is based in Scotland, and is primarily aimed at Scottish Testers, it is open to anyone from the UK who may wish to join.


Next Event – STG Edinburgh October 2017

Date: Thursday October 26th

Venue: BNY Mellon, Festival Sq, Edinburgh

Theme: The Evolving Role of the Tester


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