Pearson VUE signs exclusive contract with Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., - Pearson VUE, the electronic certification and licensure testing business of Pearson, announced the signing of an exclusive contract with the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) to begin computer-based test delivery of its Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx). The examination will be delivered throughout the Pearson VUE-owned and -operated network of more than 200 Pearson Professional Centers nationwide.

According to FSMTB Executive Director, Debra Persinger, Ph.D., "We are very excited to partner with Pearson VUE to bring exceptional testing services to the massage and bodywork field."

The FSMTB launched its beta exam in July 2007 and is launching the MBLEx in October 2007. The examination was developed by the FSMTB, on behalf of its member boards, and is the organization's first licensing program for the massage and bodywork field.

"We're pleased that the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards chose Pearson VUE to launch its first licensing program," said Robert Whelan, president, Pearson VUE. "Pearson Professional Centers offer the highest level of security and customer service. We are confident FSMTB candidates will enjoy a high-quality, professional testing experience each and every time."

About Pearson VUE

Pearson VUE ( is the global leader in electronic testing services for academic admissions, certification and licensure programs. Pearson VUE offers exams through the world's largest network of test centers in 162 countries, providing testing services for information technology, regulatory and certification boards, academic, government and corporate clients. Its innovative technology offers the security and control required by academic, licensure and certification programs while its commitment to service provides customers with an unmatched testing experience. Pearson acquired Promissor, which is now a business of Pearson VUE, extending its leadership in the testing and certification industry.

Pearson VUE is a business of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE: PSON), the international media company, whose businesses include the Financial Times Group, Pearson Education, and the Penguin Group.

Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB)

The mission of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) is to support its Member Boards in their work to ensure that the practice of massage therapy is provided to the public in a safe and effective manner. In carrying out this mission, the Federation ensures the provision of a valid, reliable licensing examination to determine entry-level competence.

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Mary Beth Mohn