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Prometric to Deliver New Microsoft Certification

Microsoft Technology Associate Exam Introduced to Commercial Market

BALTIMORE, MD -- (Marketwire) -- 12/11/12 -- Prometric, the trusted provider of market-leading test development and delivery solutions, joined Microsoft today to announce the launch of the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification to the commercial market. Microsoft is expanding its highly popular MTA certification program from the academic market to provide essential technology training, confidence and an industry-recognized certification to professionals and new entrants to IT -- or for experienced business professionals seeking to enhance their careers by adding a technology skill set.

"This newest certification level and series of exams expands the relationship between Microsoft and Prometric which, through close collaboration and partnership, has delivered millions exams since 2007," said Michael Brannick, President and CEO of Prometric. "We are proud of the collective success we have brought to the marketplace, in particular, providing employers throughout the world with an added level of assurance that the certified Microsoft professionals they hire are knowledgeable and have the skills necessary to achieve impressive results for their companies and organizations."

The Microsoft Technology Associate certification prepares new entrants for careers with learning content for 12 exam topics leading to three technology tracks, including IT cloud in IT Infrastructure, Database and Software Development. Individual MTA courses can be delivered in just three days, with many five-day offerings available for combined topics as combining Networking and Security together.

"As we head into a new year we and our Learning Partners are excited to bring MTA to the market. MTA is a great onramp for those entering the technology workforce as well as for business professionals, who want to differentiate themselves, contribute to business and technology decisions in a more meaningful way and to raise their value within their current organization," said Don Field, Senior Director, Microsoft Learning. "MTA is easy to access, affordable and will make a career in technology possible for anyone. Information Technology will continue to be a great career path and MTA opens up a new path to success for cloud computing and at every level of the Information Technology ecosystem."

Microsoft Learning helps its customers and partners realize their full potential through knowledge and skills that optimize the adoption and use of Microsoft technologies. For over a decade, Microsoft Learning has been committed to offering training and certifications that prepare technologists to create and solve real-world solutions using Microsoft technologies. With this broad range of programs, IT professionals, developers and business professionals can continue growing through all stages of their career paths: from entry level to advanced skills in specialized technology areas.

Prometric, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ETS, is a trusted provider of technology-enabled testing and assessment. As the global standard in professional competency measurement, Prometric reliably delivers 10 million tests per year on behalf of 400 clients in the academic, financial, government, healthcare, professional, corporate and information technology markets. Through innovation, workflow automation and standardization, Prometric achieves customer-inspired advances that are better, faster and at less cost for its clients, helping to put the right people in the right jobs at the right time. Prometric delivers tests flexibly via the Web or by utilizing a robust network of more than 8,000 test centers in more than 160 countries. For more information, please visit www.prometric.com.

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