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Association for Software Testing

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

The Association for Software Testing (AST)  is an international non-profit professional association with members in over 50 countries. AST is dedicated and strives to build a testing community that views the role of testing as skilled, relevant, and essential to the production of faster, better, and less expensive software products. We value a scientific approach to developing and evaluating techniques, processes, and tools. We believe that a self-aware, self-critical attitude is essential to understanding and assessing the impact of new ideas on the practice of testing.
AST is focused on supporting the development of professionalism in software testing, among practitioners and academics, at all levels of experience and education.
AST views software testing as an empirical, technical investigation conducted to provide stakeholders with quality-related information.
AST views software testing as a cognitively complex activity that requires critical thinking, effective communication, and rapid self-directed learning.
AST believes willingness to work collaboratively through controversy is vital to the growth and education of the field and those in it.
AST fosters future generations of leadership in software testing through emphasis on personal growth in both ethical behavior and technical competence.
AST supports the credentialing of software testers to the extent that the credential is marketed and presented consistently with the levels of knowledge, skill and experience that the credential measures or reflects.
AST values all types of instruction in software testing, from all sources, to the extent that the instruction, instructional materials, and assessment are marketed honestly and promote the development of knowledge, skills, critical thinking, and respect for the diversity of well-informed views in the field.