With only a few exceptions, IT technology vendors offer their certification exams through Pearson VUE and/or Prometric.
The cost to register for an exam is determined by the specific IT technology provider. Pearson VUE and Prometric are functionally identical in terms of the test-taking experience. The two main points for a candidate to consider with respect to the registrar are the following:
- whether the IT technology vendor limits enrollment to a particular registrar.
- which registrar is most geographically convenient to the candidate.
For instance, Cisco has an exclusive partnership with Pearson VUE and requires that all of its certification candidates schedule their exams through VUE.
Conversely, Microsoft and Prometric have a partnership that stipulates all Microsoft Certified Professional candidates schedule their exams through Prometric.
Finally, CompTIA allows certification candidates to schedule their exams through either Pearson VUE or Prometric.
There are no "standalone" Pearson VUE or Prometric testing centers. Most commonly, you can find VUE or Prometric testing centers within technology training center offices, such as New Horizons, ExecuTrain, and so forth. Fortunately, you can search for the closest authorized training center from the website when you register for your certification exam.