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Charlotte Elston
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Gavin Shreeve
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Rachel Gosling
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Pearson VUE Enters Four-Year Agreement with the
Institute of Financial Services (ifs)

May 2004

Pearson VUE, the professional testing business of Pearson, the international media and education company, and the Institute of Financial Services (ifs) have announced a four-year agreement for the provision of computer-based test delivery for ifs qualifications.

These electronically delivered tests will be available through Pearson VUE, including over 150 company-owned centres in the UK and at selected testing centres from our network of 3,500 centres worldwide.

As a ‘school for finance’, the ifs is one of the leading educational bodies providing qualifications and life-long career-based learning support for the financial services sector. It offers a range of qualifications from honours degree level to specialist solutions, and all those needed by practitioners operating under the regulatory framework of the FSA. The ifs is the leading provider of mortgage advice qualifications in the UK market.

“The ifs looks forward to this new partnership for delivery of our examinations. Pearson VUE will ensure the highest standard of service and quality will be maintained”, said ifs Chief Executive Gavin Shreeve. “This partnership will help us improve our service to the financial services community by expanding our reach internationally, advancing security measures, and providing real-time access to test information for all stakeholders.”

“From October 2004, ifs examinations will be more accessible, with flexible testing facilities to ensure the candidate experience is impeccable. The Pearson VUE partnership will provide ifs candidates with a future-proof solution for worldwide testing. The quality and services offered will assist us in consistently achieving new levels in testing that is associated with the ifs”, said Gavin Shreeve.

Anneleen Vaandrager, Vice President and General Manager of Pearson VUE’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) operation, said “We are very pleased that the ifs chose Pearson VUE as a testing solution partner. Flexible technology and a keen focus on service are at the heart of our organisation. We will ensure the exam experience from booking through to exam delivery runs seamlessly for all ifs candidates.”

Note to editors:

The Institute of Financial Services (ifs)
The Institute of Financial Services (is a registered charity and one of the leading bodies for the provision of education and life-long career support services to the financial services industry.

Through a process of innovation and a desire to provide ‘winning’ solutions, the ifs provides a range of products and services that meet the needs of the wider financial services community. Through its faculty structure the ifs develops and delivers a range of appropriate qualifications, for which the CIB continues to act as assessing and awarding body.

The Faculties allow for the provision of targeted services and specialist educational programmes to particular sectors, including the areas Banking and Finance, Financial Regulation, Risk and Insurance Management and financial education for 14 - 19 year olds.

Pearson VUE
Pearson VUE is the testing division of Pearson Education, the world’s leading education company. Its customers include global corporations such as Microsoft, IBM, Cisco®, CompTIA and Sun Microsystems as well as the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the NASD in the U.S. and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Pearson Assessments & Testing also provides testing services for more than 20 US states and the US Department of Education. Pearson Education is part of Pearson (LSE: PSON; NYSE: PSO), the international media and education company, whose primary operations also include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.

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