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We make a difference in a person's life through education using breakthrough technology.

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Company History

From our humble beginnings in the 1990s to where we are today, learn what has helped us make a difference for over 30 years.

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The Early Years
In 1991, after working as a market analyst for Novell's education and certification department, Noel Vallejo started a marketing consulting company focused on helping computer training companies better market and sell IT certification training programs. In early 1992, the company changed its name to United Education Centers (UEC) and began sponsoring national and international industry conferences. UEC also began offering customized direct marketing and advertising services to training companies throughout North and South America.

Video Training Leads the Way
In the early 1990's, the IT certification training market began growing at an incredible rate. Many IT professionals, however, did not have the means to attend expensive training centers. To better help these individuals access quality, low-cost training, United Education Centers developed and released the industry's first video training series dedicated to exam candidates for Novell's Certified Novell Engineer (CNE) exams. The video training series, So You Wanna Be A CNE?!, was released in 1994 and was an instant hit. Packaged with training manuals and test preparation software, the video series propelled UEC to the top of the IT distance training industry.

Lab Simulations Build Experience
With an expert team of instructional designers, software engineers, technical writers, and graphic artists, UEC continued to deliver quality IT training products in the most cost effective ways. In 1996, UEC developed a computer-based version of its popular video training to be delivered on CD-ROM. As this team incorporated video lessons, text lessons, and exam preparation into one tool, it became apparent that IT students needed hands-on training to truly understand the material. So, UEC integrated simulation technology and hands-on labs into its computer-based training products.

Product Line Expansion
To better align itself with its most successful product line, in 1998 the company changed its name to TestOut Corporation. TestOut also began breaking away from its Novell training focus with the release of its first training for Microsoft certification programs—the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE). Between 1999 and 2000, TestOut further expanded its product line to better serve the exploding IT certification market by adding training for CompTIA's A+ and Network+ and Cisco's Certified Network Administrator (CCNA) certifications. Also in 1999, TestOut began releasing its simulations as a separate hands-on training product named LabSim. LabSim is a robust simulation product that gives users a hands-on, real-world experience using current technologies.

Learning Platform for Educators
As the 2010s arrived, TestOut transitioned to hosting courses online while shifting its focus to IT learners at colleges and high schools. This included offering not just courses but educator tools for class management, grading, reporting, and exam delivery. While continuing to innovate simulations, TestOut expanded with training for the Microsoft Office Specialist certifications. Into the 2020s, expansion continued with enhancements to online delivery, additional educator tools, and additional courses in cybersecurity, IT fundamentals, and digital literacy.

TestOut Joins Forces with CompTIA
On January 9, 2023, CompTIA (The Computer Technology Industry Association) and TestOut joined forces, accelerating the shared goal of empowering millions of students with technical training and digital literacy education.  

Demand for skilled digital and tech workers hit an all-time high in 2022, with projections indicating continued explosive growth. CompTIA's acquisition of TestOut greatly accelerates the process of expanding its training and certification offerings into more tech and IT job roles.

Focus and Future
TestOut has consistently focused on the continued development of high-quality training products and technologies that help educators and students prepare for the most popular industry certification exams, jobs, and successful careers.

With TestOut now part of CompTIA, our mission "to make a difference in a person's life, through education using breakthrough technology" will live on as a new facet of CompTIA’s mission to “unlock the potential of every individual.”

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A Company With a Cause

Our mission is to make a difference in a person’s life through education using breakthrough technology. TestOut Corporation has helped hundreds of thousands of students gain critical certifications, knowledge, and job skills by providing the most true-to-life IT simulation training ever created. We make it possible for students to enhance their earning potential and we give them self-confidence that leads to lifelong success. This is our cause and why we come to work excited every day.

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The TestOut Culture

Our work environment is unique... In a good way! We work hard, we smile harder! We don’t just talk about it; we make sure employees have work/life balance. We adhere to a set of values that we believe lead to lasting happiness and success. We believe employees should thrive, not just survive. Our goal is that every employee goes home with a sense of accomplishment every day.

Awesome Benefits!

We hire great people. We expect great things from everyone. You should expect TestOut to take great care of you and your family, and we do!

  • 100% Employer paid health and dental plan
  • Richly funded employer match 401K plan
  • Generous vacation plan
  • Numerous company and family activities with additional days off
  • Extremely amazing surprises, which have included fully-paid family vacations to exotic locations! You’ll just have to work here to find out the details
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