Pearson VUE President Bob Whelan Receives Prestigious Testing Industry Award

Mar 01, 2011, 16:00 ET from Pearson VUE

BLOOMINGTON, Minn., March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Association of Test Publishers (ATP) today awarded Pearson VUE President and CEO, Bob Whelan, the 2011 ATP Award for Professional Contributions and Service to Testing. The award, which honors individuals who have made a positive impact on the testing industry, was presented at the association's Innovations in Testing Conference in Phoenix, Ariz.

Whelan is receiving the award for his many years of service in the testing industry at National Computer Systems, Personnel Decisions International and Pearson VUE. Throughout his 25-year career, he has worked to build and improve standards in assessment and professional licensure and certification across a multiple of disciplines. A recognized Whelan achievement is the creation and expansion of the Pearson Professional Center (PPC) global network. The nomination for the ATP award centered on a testimonial from a recent test candidate who had a positive experience while taking a high-stakes exam at a PPC.

Upon receiving the award, Whelan shared credit with his team of more than 2,800 Pearson VUE testing professionals. "This achievement isn't only mine," he said. "This award recognizes our accomplishments over the past 10 years, and we can all be very proud of the contributions Pearson VUE has made to the industry."

Whelan assumed the helm as Pearson VUE's president in 2000. Through successful communication of a clear vision and a team-based collaborative approach, he has seen the company grow to become the global leader in computer-based assessments. Today, Pearson VUE delivers millions of exams in more than 400 owned-and-operated Pearson Professional Centers and a network of more than 5,000 Pearson VUE test centers around the world.

About Pearson VUE

Pearson VUE ( is the global leader in computer-based testing for information technology, academic, government and professional testing programs around the world. Pearson VUE provides a full suite of services from test development to data management, and delivers exams through the world's most comprehensive and secure network of test centers in 165 countries. Pearson VUE is a business of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE: PSON), the international education and information company, whose businesses include the Financial Times Group, Pearson Education and the Penguin Group.

About ATP

Established in 1992, The Association of Test Publishers is an international, non-profit organization representing providers of tests and assessment tools and/or services for use in educational, occupational, psychological, screening, certification, or licensure settings. ATP is dedicated to the highest level of professionalism within the test publishing community. ATP welcomes any test publisher involved in the development and marketing of preemployment assessments to apply for membership by visiting the ATP website at