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For Immediate Release: 22 September 2008
PR Contact: Pearson VUE
Mary Beth Mohn, Marketing Director

American College of Sports Medicine Signs Contract Renewal with Pearson VUE

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., September 22, 2008 — Pearson VUE, the electronic certification and licensure testing business of Pearson, announced that it signed a long-term renewal contract with American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). ACSM certification exams will continue to be delivered globally, in over 4,400 Pearson VUE® Authorized Test Centers in 162 countries.

ACSM is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world, with more than 20,000 International, National and Regional Chapter members. ACSM offers four certification credentials, including the ACSM Certified Personal TrainerSM, ACSM Health/Fitness Instructor®, ACSM Exercise Specialist® and ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist®. ACSM certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

“ACSM leads the way with both clinical and club-level certification programs that are offered worldwide,” said Richard Cotton, ACSM’s National Director of Certification. “Employees that have obtained an ACSM certification ensure employers of a higher standard of knowledge and service to clients. Pearson VUE has been an excellent partner, helping us launch a brand new certification, migrate existing certifications from paper/pencil to computer-based testing, and conduct numerous co-marketing campaigns to grow our certification programs.”

“We have had a successful partnership with ACSM over the last several years,” said Robert Whelan, president of Pearson VUE. “Health and fitness professionals have been able to take their ACSM certifications at more convenient locations and times, including right where they receive their instruction. We are excited to continue our partnership with ACSM and help grow their certification programs.”

About Pearson VUE
Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.com) is the global leader in computer-based testing for information technology, academic, government and professional testing programs around the world. Pearson VUE provides a full suite of services from test development to data management, and delivers exams through the world’s largest and most secure network of test centers in 162 countries. 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.

About ACSM
Founded in 1954, the American College of Sports Medicine is the world’s largest organization for sports medicine and exercise science. More than 20,000 international, national, and regional members in 80 countries are dedicated to promoting and integrating scientific research, education, and practical applications of sports medicine and exercise science. ACSM members are noted authorities in many medical, scientific and educational specialties, including obesity and exercise for clinical populations, serving as expert resources for policy makers and the media.

Through ACSM, health and fitness professionals representing a wide variety of disciplines work to improve the quality of life for people around the world through research, education and advocacy. Since 1975, ACSM has certified more than 25,000 Certified Personal TrainersSM, Certified Health/Fitness Instructors®, Certified Exercise Specialists® and Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologists®.

Last updated 2008-09-22