Carmel, IN and Houston, TX – TALX, provider of Equifax Workforce Solutions, today announced that assessment division, pan, has partnered with the world’s leading petroleum industry eLearning provider, PetroED, to offer validated eLearning assessment services via pan‘s network of more than 600 North American proctored testing center locations. As eLearning-based oil and natural gas certification programs become increasingly crucial to the industry’s high-stakes recruitment and training processes, pan‘s industry-leading experience in delivering highly secure, verified assessments provides a natural extension to PetroED’s new @TEST™ eLearning system.

Through PetroED’s partnership with pan, oilfield workers are now enabled to take their industry-required assessments for certification at any one of pan‘s assessment centers. This allows for a controlled and secure delivery environment, ensuring the integrity of the evaluation system. pan‘s highly scalable and flexible technology platform integrates seamlessly with PetroED’s web-based training and assessment management system. Test takers and administrators now benefit from pan‘s online scheduling tool which provides greatly enhanced efficiencies as well as a convenient, consistent experience for all users throughout the exam process.

“PetroED recognizes how vital it is to the oil and natural gas industry that the workforce is properly educated, and that these achievements are documented and verified before accessing oilfield facilities. We believe that the features of this new partnership provide the highest quality throughout the hiring process and talent lifecycle,” commented PetroED vice president of Global Sales, Gerry Wienholt. “We are pleased to have found a partner in pan, a company with the proven ability to meet the crucial requirements of our industry and a capacity to expand its deliverables to international locations.”

pan delivered more than 250,000 proctored testing sessions in 2011, and maintained a satisfaction rating of over 99 percent from test takers during their required exit survey. Each of pan‘s testing center facilities undergoes rigorous physical and security audits on a regular basis from government bodies such as NIST and FIPS as well as third parties and internal auditors. All test proctors undergo an in-depth training, and must recertify every six months.

“Security, scalability and performance are at the foundation of pan‘s technology and proctored testing center network, as evidenced by our ongoing relationships with multiple federal government agencies,” says Douglas Cole, president of pan. “We look forward to providing PetroED’s client base an eLearning solution that will generate the quality outcomes they are looking to achieve from their field personnel.”

About PetroED
PetroED Multimedia, Inc. is the world’s leading eLearning provider for the oil and natural gas industry. Since 1991, PetroED has focused on the technical delivery aspects of training and development, offering a wide range of rich multimedia educational experiences for workers in the oil and natural gas industry. Complex technical processes are presented by PetroED using the latest in multimedia innovation and instructional techniques, resulting in the delivery of engaging content that resonates with the visual learning styles of today’s modern workforce. This expanding eLearning library of over 300 modules specialized in the functional areas of drilling fundamentals, production operations, HSE, and electrical and mechanical skills can be taken either online or offline, through a thin-client delivery system with enterprise deployment options for medium to large corporations available.

About Equifax
Equifax (NYSE: EFX) is a global leader in consumer, commercial and workforce information solutions, that provides businesses of all sizes and consumers with insight and information they can trust. Equifax organizes and assimilates data on more than 500 million consumers and 81 million businesses worldwide, and uses advanced analytics and proprietary technology to create and deliver customized insights that enrich both the performance of businesses and the lives of consumers. Workforce Solutions (TALX) is an Equifax business unit. It is a leader in human resource, employment, tax management, and payroll-related services.

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