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Certiport Partners with Autodesk on Design the Future Program

Educators Gain Access to Free Autodesk Certified User Training and Certification Materials to Support President Obama's ConnectED Initiative

SALT LAKE CITY – March 17, 2014

Certiport (, a Pearson VUE business, the leading test delivery solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets, has joined with Autodesk, President Barack Obama and other leading technology and telecom companies to help prepare American high school students for science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) careers.  Through Autodesk's "Design the Future" program, Certiport offers educators free eTraining, a free practice exam voucher, a free certification voucher, and a discount on an Autodesk Certified User classroom license for new Certiport customers.

"We piloted the Design for the Future program with Autodesk last year, and we are pleased to continue this relationship as we expand nationwide to help as many students as possible earn industry recognized certification," said Bob Whelan, president and chief executive officer for Pearson VUE. "President Obama's ConnectED initiative calls for better trained teachers and we are doing our part to make sure educators have access to Autodesk training and certification. Once they are equipped with Autodesk Certified User certification, educators can train their students on these valuable job-ready design skills."

The Design for the Future program is now available nationwide. More details can be found at In total, the program will make available $250 million of 3D design software, project-based curricula, training and certification to every middle and high school in the United States in 2014.

For more information about the Autodesk Certified User exams, visit

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Certiport, a Pearson VUE business, is the leading provider of certification exam development, delivery and program management services delivered through an expansive network of over 12,000 Certiport Authorized Testing Centers worldwide. Certiport manages a sophisticated portfolio of leading certification programs including: the official Microsoft Office Specialist certification program, the Microsoft Technology Associate certification program, the Microsoft Certified Educator program, the Adobe® Certified Associate certification program, the Adobe® Certified Expert program, the HP Accredited Technical Associate, the CompTIA Strata™ IT Fundamentals, the Autodesk Certified User certification program, the Intuit QuickBooks Certified User certification program, and the IC³ Digital Literacy certification. Certiport reliably delivers over three million tests each year throughout the secondary, post-secondary, workforce, and corporate technology markets in more than 148 countries and 27 languages worldwide. For more information, please visit or follow Certiport on Twitter at

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