Certiport Releases New Entrepreneurship and Small Business Certification

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First Product in Certiport Business Fundamentals Certification Program Available Now

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The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) endorses the new ESB certification.

Certiport (http://www.certiport.com), a Pearson VUE business, the leading test delivery solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets, today launches the Entrepreneurship and Small Business (ESB) Certification, the first product in the new Certiport Business Fundamentals Certification program. The ESB exam is designed to test and validate foundation-level concepts and knowledge in entrepreneurship and small business management with a 50-minute exam covering topics such as: recognizing and evaluating opportunities, starting and operating a business, marketing and sales, and financial management.

“Every minute a new business is started in the U.S. and we saw a need in the marketplace for young people to master and validate the skills necessary for entrepreneurship success,” said Aaron Osmond, general manager, Certiport. “The ESB certification will help hopeful entrepreneurs make the leap from business concept to reality by arming them with the skills required for starting and running a small business.”

ESB certification validates entrepreneurial concepts to prepare students who will pursue additional post-secondary training or those who elect to enter the small business sector immediately upon high school graduation. In addition, adding an industry-recognized certification will optimize entrepreneurship course effectiveness and classroom efficiency for teachers while strengthening programs and curricula. The ESB exam is intended for use primarily in academic settings including secondary schools, vocational schools, community colleges and technical colleges.

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) is dedicated to helping young people reap the benefits of entrepreneurial education as a pathway to career readiness and endorses the new ESB certification. “Through entrepreneurship, young people discover that what they are learning in the classroom is relevant to the real world – whether they are starting a business or pursuing college and career,” said Shawn K. Osborne, president and CEO, NFTE. “We are pleased to endorse the new ESB certification as a way to validate that individuals have learned essential entrepreneurship skills that will give them the tools to overcome adversity and address future personal, economic and global challenges.”

ESB exam content was developed by Certiport with the direction of an Advisory Board including individuals from the Louisiana Department of Education, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education, CareerSource North Central Florida, Mississippi Council of Economic Education, and Working in Support of Education. ESB certification will be administered through Certiport’s network of more than 14,000 Certiport Authorized Testing Centers worldwide.

Try the new ESB certification by registering here for a free ESB practice test demonstration: http://ow.ly/QQoX30860fx.

About Certiport

Certiport, a Pearson VUE business, is the leading provider of certification exam development, delivery and program management services delivered through an expansive network of over 14,000 Certiport Authorized Testing Centers worldwide. Certiport manages a sophisticated portfolio of leading certification programs including: the official Microsoft Office Specialist certification program, the Microsoft Technology Associate certification program, the Microsoft Certified Educator program, the Adobe® Certified Associate certification program, the Autodesk Certified User and Autodesk Certified Professional certification programs, the Intuit QuickBooks Certified User certification program, the IC3 Digital Literacy certification and the Certiport Business Fundamentals certification program. Certiport reliably delivers over three million tests each year throughout the secondary, post-secondary, workforce, and corporate technology markets in 148 countries and 26 languages worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.certiport.com or follow Certiport on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/certiport.

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About NFTE
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) is an international nonprofit that activates the entrepreneurial mindset in young people and builds their knowledge about business startup. Students acquire the entrepreneurial mindset (e.g., innovation, self-reliance, comfort with risk), alongside business, STEM, and presentation skills—equipping them to drive their best futures in the 21st Century. NFTE focuses its work on under-resourced communities, with programs in 23 locations in 10 countries.

To learn more, visit http://www.nfte.com, like NFTE on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/NFTE, or follow us on Twitter at @NFTE.

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