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Heather Young

Promissor Launches Program for Nurse Aide Certification for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Philadelphia, PA (August 7, 2006) — Promissor®, Inc., a leading high-stakes assessment provider announced the successful implementation of a new program to provide test development, test administration, and reporting services to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) for Nurse Aide and Medication Aide Certification.

The contract, the first of its kind for North Carolina, was awarded at the conclusion of a competitive procurement process in March. It is being executed in partnership with the Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation Service (NACES) and provides standardized testing for nurse aides and medication aides working in North Carolina.

The program is part of a quality initiative by NCDHHS to assure their constituents of the uniform, consistent competency levels of nurse aide and medication aides by aligning North Carolina’s program with national standards. Benefits to candidates include greater scheduling capabilities, testing capacity, convenience, and increased processing rates, all of which allow candidates to receive their certification 24 to 48 hours after successful completion of both the written and practical exams.

Gary Esquerre, Promissor’s executive director of health and certification services said, “Promissor and NACES are long-time partners who have collaborated on the administration of over one million nurse aide examinations since 1990. We’re eager to bring our combined experience in this market to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Nurse Aide and Medication Aide Certification programs. NCDHHS, NACES, and Promissor share a high standard of quality that ensures the success of this program.”

Robert Whelan, president of Pearson VUE, adds: “We are extremely pleased to be selected by the NCDHHS to assist in the implementation of their quality and service initiatives. It is truly exciting to bring Pearson VUE and Promissor’s innovative solutions, deep commitment to service, and history of operational excellence to bear on this new account.”

About Pearson VUE and Promissor
Pearson VUE ( is the global leader in electronic testing services for academic admissions, certification and licensure programs. Pearson VUE offers exams through the world’s largest network of more than 4,000 test centers in 145 countries, providing testing services for information technology, regulatory and certification boards, academic, government and corporate clients. Its innovative technology offers the security and control required by admissions, licensure and certification programs while its commitment to service provides customers with an unmatched testing experience. The company recently acquired Promissor, the leading provider of licensing examinations for state and federal regulatory bodies in the U.S., extending its leadership in the testing and certification industry.

Pearson VUE is a business of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE: PSON), the international media company, whose businesses include the Financial Times Group, Pearson Education and the Penguin Group.

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