NASD Testing & Continuing Education Adds 202 Additional Domestic Delivery Locations


December 16, 2003


As part of its continuing efforts to improve the quality of service to the securities industry, NASD has contracted with Pearson VUE1 to provide 202 additional test centers throughout the U.S. These centers will provide delivery of securities industry tests and continuing education sessions.2 These additional delivery locations will add to NASD's existing network of 234 authorized domestic delivery locations.


Effective Monday January 5, 2004, securities industry candidates may begin scheduling appointments at the Pearson Professional Centers by calling (866) 396-6273. Appointments will be available beginning January 5th, 2004.3 Candidates will now have the option to schedule at any Pearson Professional Center or at any Prometric Testing Center. A comprehensive list of locations for both vendors is available on the NASD Web site. Additional information about the network of NASD authorized test centers is available on the vendors' Web sites Pearson VUE or Thomson Prometric.


The actual test content and presentation will be identical. All other testing related services provided by NASD will continue to operate as they have in the past. ADA requests will continue to be handled by NASD personnel at (800) 999-6647, Option 2. Complete information on these processes is available on our site. As explained on our site, the group appointment procedures will remain the same.


Complete information on NASD procedures relative to Qualification Testing and Regulatory Element CE is available on the NASD Web site. The complete listing of the Pearson Professional Centers and Prometric Testing Centers is available on the NASD Web site. Additional information on center locations and appointment scheduling is also available on the Pearson VUE Web site and the Thomson Prometric Web site.


For more information contact Donna Covington, Field Support Manager, NASD at (240)386-4690. 


1 Pearson VUE is the electronic testing business of Pearson Education. NASD currently delivers qualifications testing and continuing education sessions in 9 international locations through Pearson VUE.


2 NASD administers and delivers all NASD qualifications exams as well as examinations sponsored by NYSE, NASAA, MSRB, NFA, FDIC and the securities industry Continuing Education Regulatory Element sessions (CE 101, 106, 201).


3 Effective January 5, the additional 202 centers will be available for all qualifications examinations administered by NASD as well as the CE 101 and CE 106 Regulatory Element Continuing Education sessions. The CE Supervisory Program (CE 201) will be available in selected centers during January and available in all centers by early February. Candidates wishing to schedule a CE 201 session at a Pearson VUE center prior to February are advised to check availability with the Pearson VUE Registration Center at (866) 396-6273.