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The Institute of Risk Management moves certificate exams from paper to computer-based with Pearson VUE:

LONDON, UK, January 14, 2019 – The Institute of Risk Management (IRM) has entered into a multi-year agreement with Pearson VUE, the global leader in computer-based testing (CBT), to move its global Certificate exams from paper-based to computer-based.

The partnership marks the transition to CBT for the following IRM certificates: Digital Risk Management Certificate from November 2019, International Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management, and International Certificate in Financial Services Risk Management from June 2020. Enrollment for the Digital Risk Management Certificate is now open and candidates can sit the exam at a local Pearson Professional or Pearson VUE test center anywhere in the world.

Dr. Ian Livsey, Chief Executive of the Institute of Risk Management, said “Pearson VUE is an excellent partner for providing secure test delivery in a professional testing environment”. “The partnership will allow our candidates to move from paper and pencil to computer-based testing, making the exams more accessible and providing faster results. We look forward to growing our programs with the Pearson VUE delivery system.”

Bob Whelan, president of Pearson Assessments, said: “CBT provides the undeniable benefit of quicker turnaround for results, and we know the Institute of Risk Management will see an improved testing experience for candidates in our secure environment. The IRM certificates are ideal for our reach into 180 countries as they offer universal relevance for risk management in any sector around the world.”

About the Institute of Risk Management (IRM)
IRM is the leading body for professional Enterprise Risk Management. We help build excellence in risk management to improve the way organisations work. We provide globally recognised qualifications and training, publish research and guidance and set professional standards. IRM members work in many roles, in all industries and across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors across the world. We are independent and not-for-profit.

About Pearson VUE
Pearson VUE has been a pioneer in the computer-based testing industry for decades, delivering more than 15 million certification and licensure exams annually in every industry from academia and admissions to IT and healthcare. We are the global leader in developing and delivering high-stakes exams via the world's most comprehensive network of nearly 20,000 highly secure test centers as well as secure online testing in over 180 countries.

Our leadership in the assessment industry is a result of our collaborative partnerships with a broad range of clients, from leading technology firms to government and regulatory agencies. For more information,

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« on: April 07, 2019, 02:44:35 PM »
Daffodil data center network has been designed to accommodate clients demanding the highest quality network performance. There is a central focus on redundancy allowing our network to rapidly self-heal failures without interruptions to connectivity. We own our infrastructure.

Our data center network has been designed to accommodate clients demanding the highest quality network performance. There is a central focus on redundancy allowing our network to rapidly self-heal failures without interruptions to connectivity. Our own infrastructure.

Providing the highest quality Internet connectivity and performance is our top priority and challenging to us always to keep our data center alive worldwide from Bangladesh. We have selected premium bandwidth providers, ensuring minimal latency and fast connections to all points of the global internet. We are proud to feature direct primary optical fiber connectivity and backup optical fiber connectivity powered by backup radio link connectivity at our data center with swap over facilities if any of the fiber connectivity goes down anyway. Our aggregate connectivity reaches just a single network away from our up-links.

Data center access is strictly limited to technical staff. Electronic security systems control data center access and are accompanied by a full complement of motion detecting security cameras which monitor the entire facility. We have a fully managed system, which means we have eyes from our level 3 technicians 24 hours per day remotely and allowing incident response times to be kept to a minimum.

Our power systems feature extensive fault tolerance and resilience at every layer. Incoming service is routed to a dedicated on-site transformer diesel generator and automatically transfers to our UPS. Our UPS routes electricity by ensuring its quality to our every facility. Featuring redundant battery cabinets and full maintenance bypass cabinets allowing for service and upgrades without interruption of power to our servers.
Our online UPS power distribution units handle final power transformation and distribution to servers, ensuring clean consistent power to data center equipment.
Our emergency generators waiting on standby, featuring over 24 hours of autonomous run time before requiring refueling. Generator is test run at least thrice a week to ensure they are ready in the event they are needed.
Generator power is activated automatically in the event of a utility failure by the transfer switch. The data center load is maintained by the UPS units with at least 15 minutes of capacity, however this is not necessary as the generator is active and up to speed within 10 seconds of a power failure.

Environmental processing systems include 4 ton up flow energy efficient air conditioning units. Temperature and humidity are precisely regulated year round to ensure optimal equipment reliability. Each unit contains independent compressors and cooling loops to further enhance fault tolerance and reliability.


Pearson VUE® Authorized Test Centers are part of the world’s largest professional testing network that delivers more than 15 million exams in 46 languages annually. Prestigious exam owners in professional and IT certification like Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco, CIMA, CMA Sri Lanka, VMware, IBM choose Pearson VUE for its industry leading testing platform and robust test center network.

Pearson VUE is seeking partnerships for infrastructure/test center partner such as your organization to administer exams at your location. Leading training and testing facilities understand that there are two ways to grow; one is organically; another is to acquire new customers. Pearson VUE can help your training or testing facility do both. Retain your current training students by providing access to certification exams and gain new ones by joining Pearson VUE — the global leader in computer-based testing. Click here for a complete list of exams offered.

Benefits of PVTC: 

Drive your revenue from exam delivery and reseller program:

Increase student footfalls at your training facility, earn test delivery fee for exam administered at your venue.
Our reseller program combines best-in-class learning materials like courseware, practice tests and study aids, with exam vouchers from IT giants like Microsoft,
VMware and LPI. Exclusively for Pearson VUE® Authorized Test Centers, this program offers a practical way for your training center to generate new revenue.

Access special promotion and support tools - Being a Pearson VUE Authorized Test Center gives you access to volume discounts, special promotions and support
tools to grow your business. Examples include content on the value of certification for your website, signage, marketing materials that you can co-brand,

access to research and discounts on Pearson products.

Provide access to success:

Your test center has even greater potential to help your students, staff or people in your community by providing them with access to certifications and qualifications
that develop their skills and knowledge. Also, providing professional and IT exams, such as those for Microsoft, IBM, CompTIA, Cisco, Oracle, HP, VMware and popular

Indian Universities admission exams will help bring additional revenue along with complementing your offerings.

Streamlining the experience, Smart scheduling — Greater accessibility and flexibility:

From the moment candidates enter your center, you can count on a smooth and reliable process. From automated check-in and exam readiness, through test delivery
and quick results processing, count on Pearson VUE’s proven methods and technology. Every step, every time.

The advanced registration and scheduling system allows you to efficiently manage your test center hours and staff resources while providing candidates with
scheduling flexibility.

Highly secure test environments -Pearson VUE’s advanced security measures ensure that the correct candidate takes the test, and all candidates test in a controlled
and secure environment.

Criteria to become a Pearson VUE® Authorized Test Center

• Any distraction-free location such as a testing lab or classroom, equipped with computers and access to the Internet.

• A fully functional business website which has been registered for at least 12 months.

• A certified Test Administrator (TA) to invigilate the tests – this person does not need to be a dedicated resource and

can get certified by completing an online test.

Attached find the standard requirement for Pearson VUE Test Center. In case you are interested submit the photographs of your test lab, facilities as per attached checklist for our channel sales managers to assist you with application next steps. Feel free to reach out to us for any additional information. More information may also be accessed through our website.


Best Regards,

SAARC - Channel Sales

Pearson VUE


MINNESOTA, MN, April 30, 2018 – The American Board of Health Physics and the American Academy of Health Physics have entered into a partnership with Professional Testing Inc to deliver its exams via Pearson VUE’s extensive computer-based test center network.

The new partnership comes as Professional Testing Inc. recently extended its multi-year agreement with computer-based testing company Pearson VUE to deliver its certification exams via its network of highly secure and conveniently local test centers.

The American Board of Health Physics (ABHP) is the certification body for the practice of professional health physics: the application of scientific principles to the protection of people from the hazards of radiation.

The American Academy of Health Physics (AAHP) advances the profession of Health Physics and encourages the highest standards of ethics and integrity in its members. It offers membership to all individuals who have been granted certification in Comprehensive Health Physics by the American Board of Health Physics (ABHP). Associate membership in the AAHP is offered to those individuals who sit for and successfully pass one of the two parts of the certification examination. Professional Testing Inc. develops, administers and maintains licensure and certification examination programs.

“We are excited to have this opportunity to build on our success, leveraging the expertise and quality of Professional Testing Inc. and the reach and consistency of Pearson VUE’s test center network,” said Bill Rhodes, chairman of the ABHP.

“I am delighted that this new partnership will give ABHP’s candidates access to our convenient local test center network across North America,” said Bob Whelan, president of global assessment at Pearson VUE. “This is also good news for general public safety, as more candidates get access to the Certified Health Physicist exam, proving their crucial abilities to protect people from the hazards of radiation.”

David Cox, president of Professional Testing Inc. said: “Pearson VUE provides the most professional, controlled experience for our candidates and through our new partnership with ABHP, its candidates will experience greater convenience in terms of scheduling exams on demand and only needing to travel locally to take the test.”

About the American Board of Health Physics
Health Physics is the application of scientific principles to the protection of people from the hazards of radiation. The American Board of Health Physics is the certification body for the practice of professional health physics. The ABHP has existed since 1958 and is responsible for determining the qualifications of a Certified Health Physicist (CHP).

About Professional Testing Inc.
Professional Testing Inc. develops, administers and maintains licensure and certification examination programs. Its full range of client services includes program audits, accreditation preparation, policy development, recertification requirements, implementation of effective organizational and governance structures, and ethics and disciplinary procedures. Its team provides expertise in best certification practices and program management. Professional Testing Inc’s mission is to satisfy clients' needs in planning, developing, implementing, and maintaining high quality examinations.

IT Forum / Install lots of programs at once
« on: March 16, 2014, 09:35:41 AM »
Nothing ruins the fun of unboxing a new PC like the hours you'll spend downloading new software.

Ninite, an easy, free program, can do the heavy lifting for you. It downloads and configures tons of the most-used apps. Just go to the Ninite website and check the boxes next to each program you want to install. Next, click the Get Installer button to download a custom Ninite installer configured just for you. When you run Ninite, it will quietly install and download every program on your list without input from you, avoiding toolbars and other unwanted junk.

IT Forum / Remove formatting in Word from any pasted text.
« on: March 16, 2014, 09:26:31 AM »
When copying text from another document or Internet web page and pasting it into Microsoft Word, Word will keep the formatting of the text. For example, if you were to copy the text on this page to a Word file, this text would remain bold, and this text would remain blue. To remove the formatting in Microsoft Word from any text highlight the text and press the shortcut key Ctrl + Spacebar. This will set the text to the default font, remove the formatting, and even remove links.

Alternatively you can use the Paste Special option or Keep Text Only option in Microsoft Word to paste the text with no formatting.

** Bonus Tip: In most versions of Windows Ctrl + Windows Key + V will also often paste text as plain text.

Closing a window

If you have a window open that you wish to close using the keyboard, press CTRL and F4 on the keyboard at the same time to close the current open program or window.

In addition to the above recommendation to closing a window, you can also press the ALT and the spacebar key at the same time, arrow down to the close option from the menu that opens in the top left portion of the window and press Enter.

Minimizing a window

To minimize a window in Microsoft Windows using the keyboard, press the ALT and the spacebar key at the same time, arrow down to the minimize option from the menu that opens in the top left portion of the window and press Enter.

Maximizing a window

To maximize a window in Microsoft Windows using the keyboard, press the ALT and the spacebar key at the same time, arrow down to the maximize option from the menu that opens in the top left portion of the window and press Enter.

Note: If the window is already maximized, this option will not be able to be selected.

Moving a window

Before you can move any window In Microsoft Windows it must not be maximized. To make the window appear in window mode, press ALT and the spacebar at the same time, move to the restore option, and press enter.

Once the window is not maximized you can move a window by pressing ALT and spacebar at the same time, move to the move option, press enter, and then move the window using your arrow keys on the keyboard.

IT Forum / How to repeat YouTube videos
« on: March 15, 2014, 01:53:28 PM »
YouTube does not allow you to automatically repeat your favorite YouTube video, but there are plenty of third-party services that will allow you to repeat any video. Follow the below steps to repeat any of your favorite YouTube videos.

Browse to your favorite video and edit the URL in the address bar. Below is an example of the video URL we are editing, this URL could be changed to your favorite video or music video.

YouTube repeat URL

Erase everything in front of youtube, so in our example we are erasing "www."

After youtube type repeat to make the above example URL the URL shown below and then press enter.

After pressing enter, you will be forwarded to the below link, which will repeat your video until you close the page. This page also has a repeat counter to let you know how many times the video has been repeated.

IT Forum / Microsoft Excel shortcut keys
« on: March 15, 2014, 01:51:34 PM »
F2    Edit the selected cell.
F3    After a name has been created F3 will paste names.
F4    Repeat last action. For example, if you changed the color of text in another cell pressing F4 will change the text in cell to the same color.
F5    Go to a specific cell. For example, C6.
F7    Spell check selected text or document.
F11    Create chart from selected data.
Ctrl + Shift + ;    Enter the current time.
Ctrl + ;    Enter the current date.
Alt + Shift + F1    Insert New Worksheet.
Alt + Enter    While typing text in a cell pressing Alt + Enter will move to the next line allowing for multiple lines of text in one cell.
Shift + F3    Open the Excel formula window.
Shift + F5    Bring up search box.
Ctrl + 1    Open the Format Cells window.
Ctrl + A    Select all contents of the worksheet.
Ctrl + B    Bold highlighted selection.
Ctrl + I    Italic highlighted selection.
Ctrl + K    Insert link.
Ctrl + U    Underline highlighted selection.
Ctrl + 1    Change the format of selected cells.
Ctrl + 5    Strikethrough highlighted selection.
Ctrl + P    Bring up the print dialog box to begin printing.
Ctrl + Z    Undo last action.
Ctrl + F3    Open Excel Name Manager.
Ctrl + F9    Minimize current window.
Ctrl + F10    Maximize currently selected window.
Ctrl + F6    Switch between open workbooks or windows.
Ctrl + Page up    Move between Excel work sheets in the same Excel document.
Ctrl + Page down    Move between Excel work sheets in the same Excel document.
Ctrl + Tab    Move between Two or more open Excel files.
Alt + =    Create a formula to sum all of the above cells
Ctrl + '    Insert the value of the above cell into cell currently selected.
Ctrl + Shift + !    Format number in comma format.
Ctrl + Shift + $    Format number in currency format.
Ctrl + Shift + #    Format number in date format.
Ctrl + Shift + %    Format number in percentage format.
Ctrl + Shift + ^    Format number in scientific format.
Ctrl + Shift + @    Format number in time format.
Ctrl + Arrow key    Move to next section of text.
Ctrl + Space    Select entire column.
Shift + Space    Select entire row.
Ctrl + -    Delete the slected column or row.
Ctrl + Shift + =    Insert a new column or row.
Ctrl + Home    Move to cell A1.
Ctrl + ~    Switch between showing Excel formulas or their values in cells.

IT Forum / What are the F1 through F12 keys?
« on: March 13, 2014, 12:12:18 PM »

    Almost always used as the help key, almost every program will open the help screen when this key is pressed.
    Enter CMOS Setup.
    Windows Key + F1 would open the Microsoft Windows help and support center.
    Open the Task Pane.


    In Windows renames a highlighted icon, file, or folder in all versions of Windows.
    Alt + Ctrl + F2 opens document window in Microsoft Word.
    Ctrl + F2 displays the print preview window in Microsoft Word.
    Quickly rename a selected file or folder.
    Enter CMOS Setup.


    Often opens a search feature for many programs including Microsoft Windows when at the Windows Desktop..
    In MS-DOS or Windows command line F3 will repeat the last command.
    Shift + F3 will change the text in Microsoft Word from upper to lower case or a capital letter at the beginning of every word.
    Windows Key + F3 opens the Advanced find window in Microsoft Outlook.
    Open Mission Control on an Apple computer running Mac OS X.


    Open find window in Windows 95 to XP.
    Open the address bar in Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer.
    Repeat the last action performed (Word 2000+)
    Alt + F4 will close the program window currently active in Microsoft Windows.
    Ctrl + F4 will close the open window within the current active window in Microsoft Windows.


    In all modern Internet browsers pressing F5 will refresh or reload the page or document window.
    Open the find, replace, and go to window in Microsoft Word.
    Starts a slideshow in PowerPoint.


    Move the cursor to the Address bar in Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and most other Internet browsers.
    Ctrl + Shift + F6 opens to another open Microsoft Word document.


    Commonly used to spell check and grammar check a document in Microsoft programs such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, etc.
    Shift + F7 runs a Thesaurus check on the word highlighted.
    Turns on Caret browsing in Mozilla Firefox.


    Function key used to enter the Windows startup menu, commonly used to access Windows Safe Mode.


    Opens the Measurements toolbar in Quark 5.0.
    With Mac OS 10.3 or later shows all open Windows.
    Using the Fn key and F9 at the same time will open Mission Control on an Apple computer running Mac OS X.


    In Microsoft Windows activates the menu bar of an open application.
    Shift + F10 is the same as right-clicking on a highlighted icon, file, or Internet link.
    Access the hidden recovery partition on HP and Sony computers.
    Enter CMOS Setup.
    With Mac OS 10.3 or later shows all open Windows for active program.


    Full-screen mode in all modern Internet browsers.
    Ctrl + F11 as computer is starting to access the hidden recovery partition on many Dell computers.
    Access the hidden recovery partition on eMachines, Gateway, and Lenovo computers.
    With Mac OS 10.4 or later hides all open windows and shows the Desktop.


    Open the Save as window in Microsoft Word.
    Shift + F12 save the Microsoft Word document.
    Ctrl + Shift + F12 prints a document in Microsoft Word.
    Preview a page in Microsoft Expression Web
    Open Firebug.
    With an Apple running Mac OS 10.4 or later F12 will show or hides the Dashboard.

IT Forum / Know your Internet browser shortcuts
« on: March 13, 2014, 09:44:01 AM »
There are dozens of different shortcut keys that can be used with Internet browsers. Below are a few of our top suggested Internet browser shortcuts.

- Pressing Alt + D in any major Internet browser will move the cursor into the address bar. This is a great way to quickly enter an Internet   
address without having to click the mouse cursor in the address bar.

- Hold down the Ctrl key and press the + or - to increase and decrease the size of text.

- Press the backspace key or hold down the Alt key + left arrow to go back a page.

- Press F5 to refresh or reload a web page.

- Press F11 to make the Internet browser screen full screen. Press F11 again to return back to the normal view.

- Press Ctrl + B to open your Internet bookmarks.

- Press Ctrl + F to open the find box in the browser to search for text within the web page you're looking at.

IT Forum / Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts
« on: March 13, 2014, 09:37:06 AM »
 Knowing at least some of the Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts will make your Windows 8 experience much more enjoyable. Try to memorize these top Windows 8 shortcut keys.

1. Press the Windows key to open the Start screen or switch to the Desktop (if open).

2. Press the Windows key + D will open the Windows Desktop.

3. Press the Windows key + . to pin and unpin Windows apps on the side of the screen.

4. Press the Windows key + X to open the power user menu, which gives you access to many of the features most power users would want (e.g. Device Manager and Command Prompt).

5. Press the Windows key + C to open the Charms.

6. Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings, which is the same Settings found in Charms.
7. Press and hold the Windows key + Tab to show open apps.
8. Press the Windows key + Print screen to create a screen shot, which is automatically saved into your My Pictures folder.

IT Forum / General cleaning Tips of your computer.
« on: March 11, 2014, 06:06:52 PM »
Below is a listing of general tips that should be taken when cleaning any of the components or peripherals of a computer as well as tips to help keep a computer clean.

1. Never spray or squirt any liquid onto any computer component. If a spray is needed, spray the liquid onto a cloth and then use that cloth to rub down the component.

2. You can use a vacuum to suck up dirt, dust, or hair around the computer on the outside case. However, do not use a vacuum for the inside of your computer as it generates a lot of static electricity that can damage the internal components of your computer. If you need to use a vacuum to clean the inside of your computer, use a portable battery powered vacuum designed to do this job or try using compressed air.

3.When cleaning a component or the computer, turn it off before cleaning.

4. Be cautious when using any cleaning solvents; some individuals may have allergic reactions to chemicals in cleaning solvents and some solvents can even damage the case. Try to always use water or a highly diluted solvent.

5. When cleaning, be careful not to accidentally adjust any knobs or controls. In addition, when cleaning the back of the computer, if anything is plugged in, make sure not to disconnect any of the plugs.

6. When cleaning fans, especially the smaller fans within a portable computer or laptop it's suggested that you either hold the fan or place something in-between the fan blades to prevent it from spinning. Spraying compressed air into a fan or cleaning a fan with a vacuum may cause damage or back voltage to be generated.

7. Never eat or drink around the computer.
8. Limit smoking around the computer.

IT Forum / Is your PC slow? 10 tips to speed up your computer.
« on: March 11, 2014, 04:37:36 PM »
Here are 10 tips and tricks to boost a Windows PC:

1. When your system starts, a lot of programs auto load which slow down your machine. Therefore, it is suggested to remove unneeded programs at startup with the help of Microsoft's MSConfig tool. Go to Start > Run > type "msconfig". Go to the startup tab and uncheck the programs you don't want to load whenever the system boots up. Click OK and restart.

2. Your PC comes pre-installed with a lot of programs which you don't even use. They unnecessarily eat up a significant amount of space on your machine and slow your system down. Go to Control Program > Programs and Features > Unintall the programs you don't use.

3. Whenever a program runs on your computer, it leaves certain files on your machine which consume a certain portion of disc space. Over a period of time, hundreds of programs run and thousands of files pile up on your device - which eventually decelerate your machine and sometimes lead to system crash. Therefore, you are suggested to periodically delete temporary files. Go to Start > Run> type "%temp%" > click OK. A folder full of files comes. Select those temporary files and delete.

4. You are advised to timely update software running on your machine. Most of us tend to click on the "Remind Me Later" button whenever a window pops out suggesting us of any update, and we never bother to go back to update.

5. A computer is vulnerable to viruses and other types of malicious programs like Spyware and Adware. These malware load into computer memory and slow down its speed. Thus, it is recommended that you install an antivirus on your machine to check for such programs. While there are many antivirus software available for free, we would recommend you Microsoft Security Essential. Also, ensure that the antivirus installed on your machine is not scheduled to run scan during the time of the day when it is heavily used. Schedule it to run scan when you are not using the system.

6. As your PC runs, files get spread across the device in pieces - framgents. It is recommended that you defragment your disk to bring back separated parts in one place. Defragmenting disk has a noticeable effect on a slow computer. Windows 7 comes with a built-in defragger which automatically defrags at intervals.

7. By turning off Windows graphics, you can set your computer to deliver a slightly better performance. Go to computer icon on your desktop > Properties > Advanced System settings > Advanced > Click Settings under performance > Enable Adust for best performance. It will have an impact on the speed of your PC.

8. Users should optimise the browser they use as per their needs. Ensue that your brower does not have unnecessary plugins and add-ons installed which may affect the performance of your device.

9. Hard drive on your machine must be partitioned. Partioning your hard disk helps in improving the speed of your slow PC.

10. ReadyBoost in Windows 7 can use your flash memory device to add instant RAM to your PC. Plug in a USB flash drive or card and ReadyBoost is active to use. ReadyBoost is designed to help when your PC's memory is running low. ReadyBoost works with most flash storage devices.

« on: March 11, 2014, 04:16:28 PM »
It is common observation that some times our computer slows down due to low performance of hard drive. This problem happens due to the slow performance or poor speed of hard drive. When we say about poor performance, actually we mean, poor speed of reading/writing of hard drive. This problem can be solved by increasing the hard drive speed. Follow these steps to solve your problem.

Click Start menu and select run.
Now type (sysedit.exe) in run and press enter.
System configuration editor will appear.
Here you can see some multiple windows but you will select (system.ini).
This window contains a line (386enh)
Now after this line type (irq14=4096)
Now close this window and save it.
Reboot your computer now.
You will surely feel better performance of your computer.

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