Testing center?

SephStormSephStorm Member Posts: 1,732
I dont know if anyone here has ever owned a testing center, or known someone who has, but i'm wondering, how much does it cost to own and operate one? How is income generated, and whats the profit margin?

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  • jibbajabbajibbajabba Member Posts: 4,317 ■■■■■■■■□□
    I doubt you can "just" operate a testing center. I don't know any testing center which do only that - most testing center are some sort of education institution which their main business is. They just act as a testing center because they can .. like a petrol station. I don't know any petrol / gas station which does just that - most of them a glorified shops where the petrol / gas sale is secondary as they cannot live only on those sales.

    Here:

    Pearson VUE: Become a Test Center

    Needs to be a

    Academic institution
    IT Training - Business - Corporate
    Government
    U.S. military installation
    U.S. correctional facility
    My own knowledge base made public: http://open902.com :p
  • SephStormSephStorm Member Posts: 1,732
    well to that point, I am interested in opening/operating an IT training center/acedemic institution. I think that will be a seperate thread though. Thank you!
  • LizanoLizano Member Posts: 230 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I have heard, from not the most reliable source so don't quote me on this (figure of speech), that testing centers receive a poor profit margin off of the test themselves. It's because of the business that being a testing center attracts (courses and stuff) that makes its worth their time.
  • jibbajabbajibbajabba Member Posts: 4,317 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Another problem is that you have to make the investment and it takes a LOT of candidates to even break even ..
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  • QordQord Senior Member Member Posts: 631 ■■■■□□□□□□
    The college I work for is currently looking into this process as we already offer the Cisco NetAcad courses, but the nearest test center is at least 2 1/2 hours away.

    Pearson VUE: Become a Test Center
  • jfitzgjfitzg Member Posts: 102 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Lizano wrote: »
    I have heard, from not the most reliable source so don't quote me on this (figure of speech), that testing centers receive a poor profit margin off of the test themselves. It's because of the business that being a testing center attracts (courses and stuff) that makes its worth their time.

    I can tell you directly from a testing center admin that they are paid $5 for every test that they proctor. There is no money in the testing side of it, its all in the training side.
  • SteveLordSteveLord Member Posts: 1,717
    ^ Yup. $300-$600 a day Microsoft/Cisco/CompTIA training that barely scratch the surface!
    WGU B.S.IT - 9/1/2015 >>> ???
  • mishymishy Member Posts: 209 ■■■□□□□□□□
    jfitzg wrote: »
    I can tell you directly from a testing center admin that they are paid $5 for every test that they proctor. There is no money in the testing side of it, its all in the training side.

    I can second that, I tried to open a test centre here in the UK and yes you would only get something like between £3-5 for a £100 exam. Like what everyone is saying and your intentions your main source of income will have to come somewhere else. Most test centres I have gone to just have a small room with 3 or 4 computers and then they run a college and a IT consultancy business on the side.
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