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DRAKE TARGETS NEW TESTING CENTERS AND INTRODUCES NEW REMARKETING PROGRAM; SERVICES ADDED FOR NOVELL CERTIFICATION CANDIDATES

 BLOOMINGTON, Minn., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Drake Training & Technologies, the global leader in computerized certification testing, today announced new programs and services that will provide numerous benefits and incentives to North American Novell training partners and Novell certification candidates.
 The company also announced it will introduce a program to significantly expand its network of authorized testing centers.
 Effective Aug. 2, 1993, the company will initiate a remarketing program that allows Novell training partners to purchase, at a discount from Drake, test vouchers good for any Novell certification test. These vouchers can be resold along with training to provide training partner customers with total certification solutions.
 In response to growing demand, Drake is also expanding its network of authorized testing centers. Effective immediately, Drake is accepting applications from training vendors and others interested in becoming DATCs. All applicants that pay the annual fee and meet technology, facility, staffing and security requirements will be authorized. Drake believes that over the next year, its authorized testing center network in North America could expand to include more than 400 locations.
 In addition, Drake and Novell are introducing a new incentive for certification candidates. Novell certification candidates who pass six Novell exams at the new $85 price will earn a free test. This new incentive rewards those that follow through on their commitment to become certified. Also effective Aug. 2, 1993, Drake is introducing same-day testing for Novell certification candidates. This new service has been developed in response to customer demand for greater flexibility and shorter lead times when scheduling tests. Currently, candidates must register 48 hours prior to taking their exam. With the new service, candidates can register and take their exam the same day, usually within a few hours of registration. These changes further streamline the certification testing process for Novell candidates.
 "Today's announcement signals Drake and Novell's commitment to strengthen and grow Novell's certification programs. In so doing, certified NetWare professionals can feel assured that their investment in certification will continue to gain value in the years ahead. This commitment is reinforced by our decision to reinvest in voucher programs and expanded channels, providing more opportunities for organizations who partner with us in the certification testing business," said Clarke Porter, president of Drake. "We are confident these decisions will strengthen Drake's leadership position in the computerized certification business."
 Drake is the global leader in computerized certification testing, operating a network of over 300 testing centers located in major markets throughout the world. Drake administers exams for leading computer industry manufacturers, professional associations and government agencies.
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 /CONTACT: Lauri Johnston of Drake Training & Technologies, 612-921-7475/


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