A recent blurb in GoCertify’s Certification Watch (Vol 16 #7) clued us into an interesting side effect of the recent government shutdown, now into its second week. The item is entitled “Your Government Is Not Available,” and discloses that Pearson VUE — one of two major global IT (and other) cert testing organizations — operates authorized testing centers on numerous US Military bases and at other government-run locations.
A “Special Notice” on the Pearson VUE homepage currently reads:
A US Government shutdown could result in the closure of certain Pearson VUE Authorized Test Centers located on US military or government sites as well as affect other test appointments of Service Members and federal employees.
In an attached Special Notice, Pearson VUE reports that it continues to monitor the situation closely and will contact any appointment holders who may be affected by this aspect of the shutdown to help them reschedule exam appointments or locations. It also indicates that potentially affected test candidates can contact their testing centers to make alternate arrangements but also points out that those unable to reach such test centers — themselves likely to be inoperative thanks to the same shutdown — can contact any Person VUE customer call center instead.
Whoda thunk it? Government shutdown stymies IT certification plans for military personnel and government contractors? Just goes to show you that the definition of “essential personnel” can’t always be stretched far enough to cover what IT professionals are bound to think of as both essential and important, no matter what Congress and/or the Executive Branch may dictate!