Vision and purpose

The potential of every professional.
The promise of every industry.

Your certification is at the heart of communities across the globe, empowering professionals in your field to protect the public, advance new technology, and drive progress for future generations.

The real-life impacts of professional certification are clear. At Pearson VUE, we provide expert testing services for the entire exam lifecycle to help your candidates move from potential to progress, while driving your certification or licensure program to new heights. As your partner in testing — delivering millions of exams annually — we continually push the limits by developing secure exam delivery options and innovative testing methods to help you achieve your goals. Because we know that by working together, challenging the status quo and fostering new possibilities, we will collectively move forward.

Our story

We started leading the assessment industry nearly 30 years ago and we continue to grow, innovate, and meet challenges along the way. Explore our milestone achievements below.

The advent of computer-based testing

In 1994, Clarke Porter, Steve Nordberg, and Kirk Lundeen launched Virtual University Enterprises (VUE), a world-class training services company, which was eventually acquired by NCS and then Pearson in 2000 to become the leading computer-based testing company in the world.

Best-in-class exam development

We’ve continued to add innovative tools, like Goal Designs (2001), Promissor (2006), Integral7 (2010), and Exam Design (2013) to our exam development portfolio to test candidates in the most meaningful ways possible, including performance-based testing and animated scenarios that simulate real-world professional scenarios.

Exam delivery...everywhere

We introduced the gold standard in test security — the Pearson Professional Center — in 2002 and have since expanded test delivery globally to 5,600 test centers in more than 180 countries. And, with the 2019 launch of OnVUE, our online-proctoring tool, computer-based testing has become possible everywhere.

Cutting-edge, comprehensive test security

From introducing digital photo and signature capture and palm vein recognition in 2008 to leveraging artificial intelligence in online proctoring in 2019, we’ve stayed at the forefront of exam program protection. We continue to combine advanced technologies and human expertise, helping place intelligence-driven protections across all facets of exam programs.

A robust testing experience

Because an ideal certification experience is important for programs and candidates alike, we continually enhance our testing capabilities and the resources we offer. Like our Integrated Platform (2009), which streamlines disparate candidate records, and mindhub™, launched in 2010, a renowned certification marketplace where candidates can shop for official study materials.

Evolving together with computer-based testing

As the global economy shifts and business practices adapt to the changing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we partner closely with our clients to make testing safe and accessible to candidates around the world. We implemented and continue to enforce extensive safety measures at our test centers and saw a 300% increase in the number of exams we delivered through OnVUE, continuing to certify professionals in every industry for the challenges and opportunities that tomorrow brings.

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Our team: Bringing you the power of professional credentialing

We believe in the life-changing impact of professional credentials. Our team, with its decades of industry experience, is dedicated to elevating computer-based testing, advocating for the improvements and innovations that make those impacts possible.

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What we do
Delivering high-stakes, professional exams across industries and around the globe.
Vision & purpose
Empowering individuals, professions, promise, and progress.
Our team
Leading the assessments and computer-based testing industries.
Our locations
Helping clients develop and deliver exams from around the world.