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TORII STATION, Okinawa — If you need to take a test for obtaining a professional certification or licensing in your career field, Torii Station’s Education Center is now the place to go.

The center recently joined the Global Pearson Virtual University Enterprises’ Testing Network, providing all servicemembers, their family members and federal employees on Okinawa a convenient place to log on to the Internet and take the tests.

“So far, we’re the only military site on Okinawa that offers this,” said Jennifer Thrash, the test administrator for the education center. Elsewhere in Japan, the tests are available at Yokota Air Base, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Naval Air Facility Atsugi, and the Regional Training Office at Yokosuka Naval Base, Thrash said.

“There’s a non-military site in Naha, but a lot of people don’t want to drive through all that traffic,” she said. The tests available through Pearson VUE range from certification for Adobe information technology and the American Board of Emergency Medicine to the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and Zend Technologies, an Internet infrastructure software company.

“The IT (information technology) exams are the most requested, although we have had requests for everything from driver’s exams to a national teacher certification,” Thrash said.

“We’re very excited about this,’ she added. “The Pearson VUE system is the best testing network available. But not everybody can take the tests, she said.

“You have to be qualified to take the exam,” she said. People wanting to take the tests first must register online at www.pearsonvue.com. After registration, they will receive an e-mail confirmation from the company and a testing date. “They will also have to purchase a voucher online,” Thrash said. “That’s the fee for the test. We request that everyone do what they need to do online before they come in here.”

Persons taking the tests will receive their scores before leaving the center, Thrash said. The actual certificates usually are mailed later. “Having the ability to test here is important,” Thrash said. “By being certified and licensed, they demonstrate they have the skills for advancement in their careers.”

Pearson VUE coordinates the testing calendar with the education center, located in Building 246, near the base shopette and library. For more information, call DSN 644-4390.

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