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Professional Certifications

Testing Information for Professional Certifications

The Test Center provides testing and examination services for students and community members seeking professional industry certifications. The following certification testing and examinations are available:

  • Pearson VUE (GED)

    *GED testing and professional Pearson VUE certification test administration will begin on June 21, 2021.   At the moment, testing is available every Monday from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

    The Test Center offers industry-based information technology exams and the GED exam via Pearson VUE. The Test Center does not make appointments for IT-based exams or the GED exam. These appointments are scheduled directly by contacting the appropriate vendor. Pearson VUE services Cisco Systems, Novell, and Citrix. For a complete listing of vendor testing and schedules please visit the Pearson VUE website.

  • Scantron

    *Limited seating is now available. 

    Scantron is a provider of high-quality testing services for corporations, government agencies, educational institutions and trade and professional associations. Scantron is one of the nation's leading certification and licensure testing companies. More than 80 organizations utilize Scantron for their testing, training, learning and certification programs.

    The Test Center does not make appointments for Scantron exams. These appointments are scheduled directly by contacting Scantron at their website.

  • Iso-Quality Testing (IQT)

    *Limited seating is now available.

    Iso-Quality Testing (IQT) provides secure, user-friendly, high quality, reasonably priced computer-based testing for candidates seeking certification from one of the many credentialing bodies around the country that IQT represents. The Test Center does not make appointments for IQT exams. These appointments are scheduled directly via the IQT website.

  • Certiport Testing

    *Remote Certiport testing is no longer available. All Certiport test administration is now on-campus.

    To schedule an appointment please send an email to the Test Center.

    Certiport offers certification testing in Adobe Certified Associate (ACA), Autodesk Certified User (ACU), CompTIA Strata, HP Accredited Technical Associate (HPATA), Internet and Computer Core Certification (IC3), Intuit Quickbooks (QBC), Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), and Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA). Microsoft Office Specialist 2019/365 (MOS) is the official Microsoft Office certification for desktop productivity. Certification is available in Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point, Access, Word Expert and Excel Expert.

    • Certiport examinations must be scheduled in advance. To make an appointment to take a Certiport examination, please call the Test Center.
    • Certiport exam fees must be paid via the Certiport website.
    • A $30 proctoring fee is payable directly to the Howard Community College’s Cashier’s office (room RCF-213) on the second floor of the RCF building. Please present the payment receipt at the time of the exam administration. The exams are generally offered year-round, except during final exam weeks and peak periods of placement testing.
    • For additional information or to pay for the examination itself, visit the Certiport website.
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