Pearson VUE enters into computer-based exam agreement with Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, May 28, 2018 – Pearson VUE has entered into an agreement with the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC) in Abu Dhabi to develop and deliver its skills verification examination programme across a wide range of sectors.

The new agreement means that Pearson VUE will deliver the exams via its network of highly secure and convenient test centers across the country. Candidates have the convenience of booking their test for a date and time of their choice.

As part of the new agreement, Pearson VUE’s team of measurement scientists will work with QCC’s team to convert its personnel conformity schemes into valid, reliable and fair exams. Sectors covered include construction, agriculture, cosmetics, car mechanics, hazard material management, pest control theory and pest control practical tests.

Matthew Poyiadgi, vice president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Pearson VUE, said: “Our new partnership will allow candidates from around the world to prove their skills to a potential employer in the Middle East, while also providing a development path where higher level exams can be taken at the end of the two year certification validity. It will also mean a potential increase in income and living standards.

“For employers this will reduce recruitment costs because they can now see evidence of a candidate’s skills and knowledge, allowing them to allocate the correct sets of skills to individual projects. Regulators can also feel assured that QCC certificate-holders are able to undertake key tasks safely and professionally.”

Engineer Abdulla Hassan Al Muaini, executive director of conformity scheme services at QCC, said: "We have signed this agreement with PVUE as part of our priority to galvanize our efforts and optimize the use of resources in achieving our shared objectives. We selected Pearson VUE due to their team’s focus on quality and test room security, along with a proven ability to run complex high-stakes examination programmes.

“We are confident that PVUE will assist QCC in developing a valid, fair and reliable examination that tests the knowledge required for current and competent practice. This will result in extending best-in-class services to our customers in line with the government’s strategy to create an enabling environment to achieve the aspirations of the community.”

About Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council
Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC) is an Abu Dhabi government entity established in accordance with Local Law No. (3) of 2009 to raise the quality of Abu Dhabi’s exports and products traded locally. QCC consists of a council of regulators and industry with a mandate to ensure provision of quality infrastructure in line with global standards.

QCC’s functions are divided into six key areas: developing standards and specifications, capacity building of metrology systems, strengthening testing infrastructure, launching conformity schemes, protecting consumer interests and ensuring fair trade. QCC’s key stakeholders include regulatory authorities, consumers, retailers and wholesalers, industry, conformity assessment bodies (CABs) and importers.

QCC supports regulators and government organizations through offering quality and conformity facilities, expertise and resources that allow them to implement products safety and compliance requirements and regulations. Additionally, QCC works towards promoting a culture of quality and protecting the interests of consumers. In doing this, QCC seeks to promote the Emirate’s competitiveness to become one of the world's most attractive regions for investments and human capital, and to support the competitiveness of national industries in world markets.

Media Contact:
Damien Fletcher
+44 (0)20 7010 2582
damien.fletcher@pearson.com

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