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REF NO.: 197

SUBJECT: Memorial University’s Division of Lifelong Learning adds certification testing to its repertoire of services

DATE: March 24

Memorial University of Newfoundland now offers certification testing for people committed to ongoing professional development and career success. "We are pleased to announce that we have become an official Drake Authorized Testing Centre (DATC) offering professional certification to a variety of industry professionals," said Doreen Whalen, director of Memorial's Division of Lifelong Learning.

Currently, candidates pursuing certification in the call centre and e-business industries can utilize Lifelong Learning's facilities to take their certification exams online. Drake Kryterion is also working with a number of other associations to develop and distribute additional career path certifications throughout the DATC network in the coming months.

Benefits of a professional certification include:

  • Provides recognition of expertise and achievement.
  • Can increase one's value through recognized credentials.
  • Can enhance one's career growth by providing motivational goals and a framework for professional development.
  • Demonstrates one's commitment to performance excellence.

"We understand the value and importance of certification in all professions. By becoming a DATC, we are continuing to offer the services our clients and business community need," Ms. Whalen said.

DATCs provide "high stakes" testing environments through the services of Drake Certified Proctors and state-of-the art testing and security systems, guaranteeing the highest integrity level of each exam. Memorial's Lifelong Learning will open for certification testing on April 1, 2004. Testing is available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and candidates can schedule their assessments by contacting the testing co-ordinator at (709) 737-7979.

About Division of Lifelong Learning

The Division of Lifelong Learning has more than 40 year's experience in providing timely, effective corporate education and training services to organizations throughout the province. The division is dedicated to enriching the community and to identifying and providing affordable, quality learning experiences.

About Drake Authorized Testing Centres

DATCs are part of Drake Kryterion, a technology business of Drake International. Drake Kryterion is part of the Drake International family of technology companies. Drake International has been a world leader in developing methodologies and technologies that improve business performance and productivity through unique, state-of-the-art, and value-added initiatives. Drake is in the business of increasing productivity through people, partnerships and technology. Visit them online at

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