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Sylvan Prometric Delivers American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers Certification.

BALTIMORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 22, 1999--

Computer-based Test Provider Awarded Contract to Deliver First

Program to Certify Bookkeepers

Sylvan Prometric(R), the global leader in computer-based testing, announced today a partnership with The American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB) through which it is now offering the Certified Bookkeeper (CB) examination. The examination, which covers accounting, tax and payroll skills is the first test used to certify professional bookkeepers.

"The CB exam provides the first objective standard to measure a bookkeeper's ability to manage a smaller company's books," said Stanley Hartman, Executive Director of AIBP. "Previously, CPA's who wanted to hire bookkeepers could use only their best judgment to determine whether or not a candidate could do the job. Now, employers who hire a CB will know that the candidate has competence and speed in the specific skills necessary to do the job."

The development of the CB exam comes as a result of thousands of requests fielded by AIPB for a test to measure the knowledge base of prospective bookkeepers. AIPB spent more than five years developing the standards, level of difficulty and comprehensiveness of the CB exam requirements and examination subjects.

Hartman added, "AIPB's membership base of more than 40,000 bookkeepers stands to benefit greatly from the CB program. Because of our investment, we felt it necessary to enlist the services of a top-quality test provider to meet our needs. Sylvan Prometric offered the highest caliber testing available, as well as levels of security, convenience, flexibility, accuracy, efficiency and reliability that no one else offered."

In addition to passing the examination, candidates must possess two years of full-time experience or the part-time equivalent, and sign the Certified Bookkeeper code of ethics in order to receive the CB designation.

"AIPB is among more than 85 associations and credentialing organizations who count on Sylvan Prometric to fulfill their assessment and certification needs," said John Kennedy, vice president for Professional Licensure and Certification of Sylvan Prometric. Kennedy added, "we recognize that certification is a milestone in the careers of professionals around the world. It is the mark of professional achievement, and often serves as the passkey to career advancement. We are proud to assist AIPB in this effort."

Candidates for certification can prepare for the examination with self-study preparatory courses provided by AIPB specifically for the Certified Bookkeeper exam. Information on testing facilities offering the Certified Bookkeeper examination is available through Sylvan Prometric's Web site at www.prometric.com.

In addition, all details on bookkeeper certification are available in a free, 30-page booklet, "The Certified Bookkeeper Program," which includes all enrollment and registration forms. To order the booklet, candidates can call 1-800-622-0121, fax 1-800-541-0066 or visit AIPB's Web site at http://www.aipb.com.

As the global leader in delivery of technology-based assessment services for IT industry certification, academic admissions and professional licensure/certification, Sylvan Prometric(R) delivers standardized tests for more than 100 clients, through its network of more than 2,800 Authorized Prometric Testing Centers(TM) and Sylvan Technology Centers(R) in 142 countries.

Based in Baltimore, Maryland, Sylvan Prometric(R) is the technology-based testing division of Sylvan Learning Systems(R), Inc. (NASDAQ: SLVN), the world's leading provider of educational services to families, schools and industry. Sylvan Prometric(R) is accessible via the Internet at www.prometric.com.

Sylvan Learning Systems, Sylvan Prometric and Sylvan Technology Centers are registered trademarks and Authorized Prometric Testing Centers is a trademark of Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc., in the U.S. and Canada. Other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.

AIPB's 40,000 members are from all industries and professions including not-for-profit organizations and government agencies.
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