|For Immediate Release:||4 December 2008|
|Pearson PR Contact:||Adam Gaber
Colorado Office of Barber and Cosmetology Renews Contract with Pearson VUE for Licensing Examination Services
BLOOMINGTON, Minn., December 4, 2008 — Pearson VUE, the industry leader in licensure for regulatory and certification boards is pleased to announce that the Colorado Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure (“Office”), of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, has renewed its contract through a competitive bidding process. Pearson VUE will continue to develop and administer both practical and computer-based examinations for Colorado’s cosmetology licensure program for up to five years.
The new contract term is for one year, with four one-year renewal options. Pearson VUE first gained Colorado as a cosmetology licensing client in 2003 and has provided licensure services since then. The Office will work together with Pearson VUE to ensure consistent competency levels for all passing candidates, focusing on health and safety.
Pearson VUE’s responsibilities include developing licensure examinations and administering them to cosmetologists, barbers, estheticians, manicurists, and hairstylists in Colorado. Candidates will continue to take the computer-based exam in Pearson VUE’s state-of-the-art testing centers and the practical exam at select sites administered by Pearson VUE staff throughout the state. Since the initial contract began in 2003, Pearson VUE has administered over 3,000 computer-based and 5,500 practical exams annually for the Office.
“Our decision to award the contract to Pearson VUE was based on a high-quality proposal, which highlighted their strengths and services, as well as changes that would be made to improve the examination process for the benefit of examinees,” said Ofelia Duran, Program Director for the Office.
Art Valentine, vice president of professional services and general manager of regulatory services added, “We are looking forward to advancing our partnership with the Colorado Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure for the benefit of their constituents and the continued success of their licensure program.”
“We are extremely pleased to have won the confidence of the State of Colorado in regards to our examination services,” said Robert Whelan, president of Pearson VUE. “Their cosmetology testing program will continue to thrive as Pearson VUE leads the industry in new advances in licensure examination development.”
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.