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Pearson VUE's Certiport business renews Microsoft contract

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, Aug. 16, 2016 — Microsoft has renewed a contract with Pearson VUE for the development and delivery of the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams for a period of three years. Over 2 million MOS exams are delivered through Pearson VUE and Certiport Authorized Testing Centers in 148 countries and 26 languages, and the agreement continues the investment in driving student outcomes for individuals and education systems.

“Working with Pearson balances our strategic goals to grow and increase adoption of Microsoft technologies with our high expectations for quality and customer support for our MOS certification program,” said Alison Cunard, General Manager, Microsoft. “Pearson VUE’s Certiport business has been delivering the MOS exams for more than 15 years and through that relationship the program has grown exponentially. At Microsoft, we are committed to helping students achieve their potential, and when a student is certified on Microsoft Office skills, they have a great start to succeeding in both academics and career.”     

With one billion users, Microsoft Office is the global standard for business communication. MOS certification prepares students for college and career by proving they are competent and ready for the workforce. MOS certified students go on to pursue a wide variety of careers and educational opportunities since the Microsoft Office suite is used in almost every career path today.

“This partnership is made possible through the dedication of individuals on both the Pearson and Microsoft teams, and we are committed to continuing to deliver MOS exams with a high rate of satisfaction and student success,” said Bob Whelan, President, Pearson Assessments. “Technology certification is an essential bridge from academics to the workforce. MOS certification gives people a notch on their resume that proves they are competent in Microsoft Office and can perform on the job from day one.”

The popularity of MOS certification is further demonstrated by the MOS World Championship, a competition happening this month with more than one million student entries narrowed down to six World Champions, many of whom go on to win internships and jobs thanks to their Microsoft Office knowledge. One former competitor, Cory Bolles, secured an internship at the airport immediately after his win.

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