BLOOMINGTON, Minn., December 15, 2006 — Pearson VUE, the electronic testing business of Pearson, announced it signed a five-year agreement with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) to be the exclusive test delivery provider of the computer-based Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE). The value of the contract is estimated to be $15 million. Having completed a successful pilot administration in September 2006, this exam will be delivered electronically throughout the United States and its territories in the Pearson VUE-owned and -operated network of more than 200 Pearson Professional Centers beginning in early 2007.
Founded in 1995, PTCB has certified over 260,000 pharmacy technicians in all 50 states. The move of the PTCE to a computer-based testing (CBT) format demonstrates PTCB’s continued commitment to provide its stakeholders with the utmost levels of service and security while maintaining the highest psychometric standard. As the nation’s largest certification organization for pharmacy technicians, PTCB strives to continuously improve the safety and service delivered to pharmacy patients across the United States.
“Our partnership with Pearson VUE allows PTCB to bring a more advanced level of access and service to pharmacy technicians across the country,” said Melissa Murer Corrigan, RPh, Executive Director and CEO of PTCB. “Pharmacy customers and patients require qualified competent pharmacy technicians that meet the highest standard and we could accept nothing less from our CBT vendor. Pearson VUE was the clear choice to launch the PTCE in a CBT format.”
“We are looking forward to working with PTCB closely during the conversion from paper-and-pencil testing to computer-based testing and appreciate the opportunity to bring the many benefits of electronic testing with Pearson VUE to their candidates and stakeholders. Our testing system and state-of-the-art testing centers will provide the consistency, control, security and coverage PTCB requires,” said Bob Whelan, president and general manager of Pearson VUE.
About Pearson VUE
Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.com) is the global leader in electronic testing services for academic admissions, certification and licensure programs. From operational centers in the United States, Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, India and China, the business provides a variety of services to the Information Technology industry and the Professional Certification, Licensure, and Regulatory markets. Currently serving over 151 countries, Pearson VUE operates more than 4,000 Authorized Centers in its rapidly expanding network. Pearson VUE also owns and operates over 230 Pearson Professional Centers throughout the world, serving professional licensing and certification sponsors. Its innovative technology offers the security and control required by professional licensure and certification programs while its commitment to service provides customers with an unmatched testing experience. Pearson acquired Promissor, which is now a business of Pearson VUE, 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.
About the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)
PTCB (www.ptcb.org) was established in January, 1995 and is governed by five pharmacy organizations — the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists (ICHP), the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). Since PTCB’s inception, PTCB has certified over 260,000 pharmacy technicians through the examination and transfer process. The goal of the PTCB national certification program is to enable pharmacy technicians to work more effectively with pharmacists to offer safe and effective patient care and service.