The Institute of Financial Services (ifs) and Pearson VUE, the professional testing business of Pearson, the international media and education company, have announced a four-year agreement for the provision of computer-based test delivery for ifs qualifications.

The electronically delivered tests will be available through Pearson VUE, including over 150 company-owned centres in the UK and at selected testing centres from a network of 3,500 centres worldwide.

As a 'school of finance’, the ifs is one of the leading educational bodies providing qualifications and life-long career-based learning support for the financial services sector. It offers a range of qualifications from honours degree level to specialist solutions, and all those needed by practitioners operating under the regulatory framework of the FSA. The ifs is the leading provider of mortgage advice qualifications in the UK market.

"The ifs pioneered online testing in this sector some three years ago and now looks forward to this new partnership to improve and expand its examination services. Pearson VUE will ensure the highest standard of service and quality will be maintained", said ifs Chief Executive Gavin Shreeve. "This partnership will also help us expand our international reach by advancing security measures, and providing real-time access to test information for all stakeholders."

"From October 2004, ifs examinations will be more accessible with more testing facilities. The services offered will assist us to achieve new levels of quality in testing that is associated with the ifs", said Gavin Shreeve.

Anneleen Vaandrager, Vice President and General Manager of Pearson VUE’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) operation, said, "we are very pleased that the ifs chose Pearson VUE as a testing solution partner. Flexible technology and a keen focus on service are at the heart of our organisation. We will ensure the exam experience from booking through to exam delivery runs seamlessly for all ifs candidates."

For more information:
Gavin Shreeve, Chief Executive, Institute of Financial Services (ifs): 020 7444 7000 Rachel Gosling, Deputy Chief Executive, Institute of Financial Services (ifs): 01227 818 619 Charlotte Elston, Pearson: +44 20 7010 2314

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