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January 2012
Because RBCS is an approved Accredited ASTQB Volume Purchase Program provider, we are able to pass on valuable perks to our clients. In the past we included exam vouchers with courses purchased individually. We still do this, of course! Vouchers included with individual orders are valid for one year from the date of purchase. Vouchers included with bulk e-learning orders are valid for two years from the date of purchase.


Foundation Level E-Learning (includes Spanish and Chinese versions):
Individual Price $899
Buy 15 - 49 get 30.00 % off
Buy 50 - 99 get 40.00 % off
Buy 100 - 500 get 50.00 % off
 
Advanced Level E-Learning:
Individual Price $999
Buy 5 - 14 get 10.00 % off
Buy 15 - 24 get 15.00 % off
Buy 25 - 100 get 25.00 % off
 
September 2011
RBCS publishes the  first book regarding preparation for the ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level exam in Spanish, Fundamentos de Pruebas de Software. The book covers fundamentals of testing, testing throughout the software lifecycle, static techniques, test design techniques, test management, tool support for testing, tools and general software acquisitions in an organization, more than 200 sample exam questions with solutions, practical exercises and solutions for each topic covered, a real case study resolved throughout the book, two mock exams, software standards, and an excellent bibliography.



June 7 2010

RBCS First Training Provider to have ISTQB Foundation Level  Course Accredited Against New Syllabus

RBCS, Inc. today announces that it's ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level training materials have been accredited by the ASTQB against the new 2010 syllabus.  RBCS is the first training provider have their materials accredited against the new syllabus.
 
Rex Black, RBCS President, said, "We're pleased to be in the vanguard of training providers advancing the ISTQB program around the world.  We invested a lot of time and energy into this major update to our Foundation courses.  Not only did we make the changes needed for re-accreditation, but we also provided complete coverage of all new and updated materials in the syllabus, as well as fixing every known bug in our courseware, both live and e-learning.  I'm sure our course attendees in North America, along with our licensees' course attendees around the world, will benefit from the exceptional depth of coverage and breadth of material in our Test Engineering Foundation version 4.0 courses."
 

April 1, 2010

RBCS Approved by Project Management Institute to become a Registered Education Provider

RBCS, Inc. today announces it is now approved by Project Management Institute to become a PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) effective April 1, 2010.
 
PMI R.E.P.s are educational organizations that have demonstrated that they are capable of providing world-class effective project management training.  Through PMI's rigorous quality criteria for course content, instructor qualification, and instructional design, R.E.P.s provide the project management training necessary to earn and to maintain Project Management Professional (PMP)®, Program Management Professional (PgMP)® and other PMI professional credentials. 
 
Rex Black, RBCS President, said, "We're happy to have reached this milestone with PMI.  It demonstrates recognition of the value we deliver for test and quality managers, by an industry leading, vendor-neutral professional organization.  This will help our clients maintain PMP certification, and make the smart choice of RBCS for test and quality related training even smarter."
 
"PMI's recent survey of training providers shows that 80 percent of organizations seeking suppliers of project management training strongly prefer to work with PMI R.E.P.s. They view their affiliation with PMI, as the leading standard-setting professional association for project management, as a stamp of quality on the training services they purchase," said Edwin Andrews, Ph.D., director of academic and educational programs and services at PMI. "Organizations want to protect their investment in project management training, and they know that a PMI R.E.P. delivers such training in a cost-effective and efficient manner."


October 30, 2009
Career Day

RBCS founders and owners Rex Black and Laurel Becker recently spoke with Johnson Ranch Elementary School first graders as part of their Career Day. They think they might have recruited a few future software testers. Visit our Digital Library to see the presentation.  The video and audio quality aren't ideal, but perhaps they can help you explain testing to your children or serve as an inspiration for you to do your own career day presentation at school.

 

September 9, 2009
Rex Black's Work Popular in Asia
Rex Black's popular testing book, Pragmatic Software Testing, has been translated and published in China.  In addition, Rex contributed two articles to WACATE's new magazine, a publication for test professionals in Japan.  In response, Rex said, "It's gratifying to see that our long-standing presence with our Asian clients and readers continues with these two publications.  RBCS is committed to providing services and intellectual properties in the Asian market, and we always enjoying working there."

August 6, 2009
Rex Rocks
A test team at a large multinational company's North American site tuned into the Rex Black's Webinar, with Bob Galen, on the Great Agile Debate.  Rex played the part of  Agile skeptic, raising a number of challenges he believes Agilists needs to solve before Agile can be seen as truly "tester-friendly."  Rex was also concerned about certain elements of over-hyping by some consultants and trainers, zealotry and intolerance for open debate about Agile's true pros and cons, and the "Christmas Tree Problem" of various people attaching their own pet process changes onto Agile like ornaments on a Christmas tree.  Rex and Bob did agree that, when Agile principles are applied properly, a number of the Agile testing challenges can be resolved, though Rex remained concerned about the fact that so few people do seem to apply Agile properly.

The testers reacted very positively to Rex's comments.  One described the Webinar as the "best team building activity we've had in a long time."  Many found Rex's presentation not only informative and true-to-life, but also quite funny.  One commented, "Laughter is a healer, so we thank you for providing us with this today."

Rex Black, RBCS President, responded to this reaction by saying, "It's really gratifying to know that my positions and opinions are so spot-on for so many testers struggling with Agile implementations in their workplace. RBCS exists to help testers--and the organizations who employ them--succeed, whatever the lifecycle, the technology, or the business domain.  It's nice to hear from people who have heard me speak about Agile testing challenges that we are helping them with these challenges."

People who want to listen to Rex Black's previous Webinar on Agile Testing Challenges can do so by clicking here:

http://www.rbcs-us.com/media/video/AgileTestingChallengesWebinar.wmv


July 17, 2009
RBCS Featured in San Antonio Business Journal
RBCS is featured in the July 17, 2009 issue of the San Antonio Business Journal.  RBCS President, Rex Black, discusses the history of RBCS and the the keys to success in the current economy.  "Keeping our fixed costs low and conserving cash has allowed RBCS to weather dowturns before," says Black "and is working for us even in this tough economic situation."  Roy Belovoskey, Test and Release Manager at Clear Channel attributes RBCS to leading a transformation across the country and "bringing testing into the architecture design stage that has resulted in higher quality code and fewer bugs to work with. Click here for the article in the San Antonio Business Journal or click here for the pdf version.
 

June 30, 2009
Rex Black Completes Successful European Tour June 30, 2009
RBCS President, recently completed a speaking tour of Europe.  He gave a keynote speech at SEETEST 2009, in Sofia, Bulgaria, on topic of outsourcing.  He gave a talk at the Test Experts event in Vienna, Austria, on the topic of testing mistakes.  He gave a presentation at Testing and Finance 2009, in Frankfurt, Germany, on Agile testing challenges.  He then gave three presentations on the future of test management at the Trends in Testing events at Bonn, Frankfurt, and Munich.  He also attended the ISTQB meeting at Vienna as the ASTQB representative.  Looking back on the whirlwind tour, Rex said, "Well, seven different hotel room in two weeks is not the most restful trip ever, but I talked to a lot of good people and started some interesting conversations about training, consulting, and outsourcing.  I'd say, a successful, if exhausting, trip."
 

April 29, 2009
ISTQB Advanced Test Manager Course Proves Its Worth
Rex Black, President of RBCS, ran a special on-site version of our ISTQB Advanced Test Manager
course for a large west-coast financial institution this past week. The passing rate was well above
average, even for the longer, more-difficult exam now used by the ASTQB. Rex said, "Positive
attendee feedback, combined with the excellent passing rate we achieved on this course, tells me that
we have this course and the delivery of it well-polished now." Since obtaining accreditation of new
Advanced courses last year, RBCS and its partners have run Advanced courses in ten countries on
four continents.


April 25, 2009
RBCS President Rex Black Quoted on Security
Rex Black recently spoke to David Worthington of SD Times, contributing to David's recent article on
software security practices among major application developers. Click here to view the article. 

February 15, 2008
RBCS E-learning Course Attendees Measure Up

The major Internet client mentioned in the December 16, 2008, news, has scored another impressive coup: a 100% pass rate.  One person got a near-perfect 97.5% score, missing only one question.  This time, they used our accredited e-learning course, along with facilitation from an instructor.  Rex said, "Much of the credit belongs to our client's dedicated employees. That said, it is gratifying to see people notching up such great scores with the help of our blended e-learning offering." RBCS offers both Foundation and Advanced courses via e-learning, along with three other popular e-learning offerings.

December 29, 2008
ASTQB Re-accredits RBCS' ISTQB Foundation Course
RBCS is pleased to announce that its ISTQB Foundation course, Test Engineering Foundation, achieved re-accreditation by the ASTQB (www.astqb.org). Previously, this course was accredited by the ITCB. Laurel Becker, RBCS Vice President, said, "We have enjoyed increasing business volume for Foundation courses in the United States and Canada over the last couple years, so it made sense to have the ASTQB perform the re-accreditation. The re-accreditation was a routine process. The ASTQB did locate some opportunities to improve the course, which we are implementing this month."

December 17, 2008
RBCS Public Course Attendees Score on Advanced Exam
At the conclusion of last week's public ISTQB Advanced Test Manager course, all of the attendees passed the very difficult ASTQB exam, based on the 2007 Advanced syllabus. RBCS President, Rex Black, said, "We are pleased to see that our new Advanced Test Manager course continues to serve as a solid basis for exam preparation, as well as a practical, hands-on, in-depth course for senior test managers. Our instructor, Jamie Mitchell, clearly did a good job of presenting the material as well."

December 16, 2008
RBCS On-site Course Attendees Are Two for Two
Rex Black, President of RBCS, recently presented two on-site training courses for a major Internet client. In each class, we enjoyed a 100% pass rate, and one person even nailed the elusive 100% score. Between the two classes, the ISTQB gained over 40 new Foundation certificate holders. Rex said, "This really is an outstanding pattern, made possible by the dedication of our client's employees. We look forward to working with them in the future on other Foundation and--possibly--Advanced courses."

October 31, 2008
RBCS Is Going Green but We Need Your Help!
We have always made efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle. We recognize our responsibility in reducing our impact on the environment and are taking our efforts one step further. Now, all of our clients will have the option, with each consulting or onsite training engagement, to purchase carbon offsets. Carbon offsets support using clean technologies like renewable energy, carbon sequestration or energy efficiency improvements to help drive reductions in carbon emissions elsewhere. Purchase a few trees with each engagement! We are also aggressively researching the options to, on client request, provide electronic rather than paper versions of our training materials. To view our evolving Green Policy click here.

October 29, 2008
Intel Responds to 100% Pass Rate
Ryan Hoppes, Manager of the Intel Mobile Wireless Group’s Product Validation organization, said, "We just completed the second session of the ISTQB course and I am very proud to say that once again our organization received a 100% certification/pass rate, validating the competitive advantage we bring Intel in terms of product level validation. This is an extraordinary achievement, and we are all very proud. As an organization we are now in the process of taking improvement initiatives learned through this training and applying it to our day to day work. We are all very excited to see continued improvements in our coverage, repeatability, effectiveness, and efficiency of our test practices.”

October 29,2008
Another 100% Foundation Level Pass Rate at Intel
Hot on the heels of the July 2008 course, RBCS again delivered its Test Engineering Foundation course to Intel, this time for a class of 30 people. Once again, we're proud to say that every attendee passed the exam. Rex Black, RBCS President, said, "We are very pleased to see that we have established a pattern of perfect pass rates at Intel. This is quite exceptional, and speaks volumes about the intelligence and diligence of the Intel attendees. We are also proud that our skilled and experienced instructor, Jamie Mitchell, and our materials supported such a great outcome again."

October 24, 2008
The International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) announced that, through their National Boards and Exam Boards, they have granted more than 100,000 certifications at the ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) and ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Level (CTAL). "ISTQB software tester certification is by far the most widely recognized and fastest-growing software tester certification in the world," said Rex Black, CTAL, president of ISTQB. "Reaching the 100,000 certification milestone validates ISTQB's leadership in helping software testers to demonstrate their knowledge, skill and professionalism." Click here to read the complete press release.

Free E-Learning Demo Now Available If you would like to try the first two chapters of our ISTQB Test Engineering Foundation Level course without obligation and for free, click here to access it.

July 25,2008
100% Foundation Level Exam Pass Rate at Intel
RBCS recently delivered its ISTQB-accredited Test Engineering Foundation course for a class of 21 people at Intel in the United States. We're proud to say that every attendee passed the exam. Rex Black, RBCS President, said, "RBCS has been teaching ISTQB Foundation courses for about five years now, and we've had literally thousands of people around the world take our course. While our pass rates are usually better-than-average, it's quite gratifying to have a 100% pass rate in a class of this size, particularly since the exam difficulty was increased in January 2008. We at RBCS are proud that our fine instructor, Judy McKay, and our materials proved helpful to these dedicated Intel employees in reaching this milestone."

July 29, 2008
RBCS has Two Perfect Scores
In the last two weeks, RBCS has run two Test Engineering Foundation Courses, one for our client, CA, and another, publicly. In each of these courses, one well-prepared attendee scored the elusive perfect grade, 100%. Laurel Becker, RBCS Vice President, said, "A score of 100% is spectacular, not to mention rare! It's another nice plus that we had a 100% pass rate in our public course."

June 26, 2008
ISTQB Advanced Test Manager course accredited by ASTQB
We are proud to announce the accreditation of our new ISTQB Advanced Test Manager course by the ASTQB, based on the new Advanced syllabus. RBCS was the first to submit this course and the first to be accredited by the ASTQB. We offer this course both in instructor-led and e-learning formats.

June 16, 2008
ISTQB Advanced Test Analyst course accredited by ASTQB
We are proud to announce the accreditation of our new ISTQB Advanced Test Analyst course by the ASTQB, based on the new Advanced syllabus. RBCS was the first to submit this course and the first to be accredited by the ASTQB. We offer this course both in instructor-led and e-learning formats. In addition, we have already submitted our ISTQB Advanced Test Manager course for accreditation by the ASTQB, and we hope to have that completed soon.

May 2008
Transition Plan to Advanced Level Syllabus 2007
On October 12, 2007 the ISTQB General Assembly released the new Advanced Level Syllabus. Effective July 1, 2008, all Advanced Level exams will run against the new syllabus. Please view our RBCS Training Page for more information.

April 2008
Foundations of Software Testing Translated into Japanese
Foundations of Software Testing: ISTQB Certification, your essential guide to software testing and the ISTQB Foundation qualification, is currently being translated into Japanese!

E-Learning Courses Now Available!
RBCS has created exclusive ISTQB certified e-learning courses for those unable to attend a classroom course. These courses provide companies with unlimited access to the course syllabus, exercises, mock exams, books and other materials for a full three months. To learn more about the RBCS e-learning courses available, click here.

April 26, 2007
Rex Black Re-elected
At the quarterly ISTQB meeting at Dusseldorf, Germany, Rex Black was re-elected to a second term as ISTQB President. Commenting on his election, Rex said, “In the next two years I intend to strengthen the quality and consistency of ISTQB exams around the world, help all ISTQB national boards reach their full potential, and add another 100,000 certified testers to the total number of people who have passed our foundation exam.”

March 30, 2007
ISTQB Certified Tester Exam Prep Materials are here!
While many of our clients prefer to attend one of our excellent training courses to prepare for the ISTQB exams, that's not possible for everyone. Since attending a course is never required to take an ISTQB exam, for some people self-study is a viable and economical option. For those who want to self-study for the ISTQB exams, RBCS proudly offers three sets of self-study materials - focused, comprehensive in coverage and smartly priced. When you sit down to take the exam, you will be ready. Visit our store to purchase them now!

February 1, 2007
Congratulations to the Canadian Software Testing Board (CSTB)!
They are up and running and as busy as can be. For more info, visit www.cstb.ca.

January 31, 2007
Risk-based Software Development
RBCS announces a joint service with Solidware Technologies, Inc. to help clients reduce quality risk throughout the lifecycle. Click here to find out more.

 
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