PEOPLECERT, one of the leading certification Awarding Organisations globally, offering more than 500 exams in 160 countries worldwide, has expanded its activities in the field of English language assessment and competence and has recently become an Official IELTS Test Centre in Greece.
The Greek-Australian partnership of PEOPLECERT with IDP Education Ltd (www.idp.com), the Australian co-owner of IELTS, further enhances PEOPLECERT’s ambition to become one of the leaders in the field of English language qualifications.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is now delivered by a company with 20 years of experience in the global field of certification. Such experience and the resulting know-how in fact empowers PEOPLECERT to administer IELTS:
• on multiple dates
• in several major cities around Greece
• by responding to local demands and offering test dates accordingly
• by providing free online preparation material for test takers
• by offering excellent customer service, available 24/7/365.
The official announcement of this partnership was made during “The new era for IELTS” events on Saturday 12 November, 2016 at the Divani Caravel Hotel, in Athens and on Sunday 13 November, 2016 at the Makedonia Palace Hotel, in Thessaloniki. In both events the turnout was substantial, as the number of the English teachers as well as owners of schools of foreign languages exceeded 1,000.
The participants were given the chance to listen to interesting presentations by PEOPLECERT Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Byron Nicolaides, and by IDP Education Ltd Regional Manager in Western Europe, Melissa Cudmore. They also had the opportunity to listen to valuable information from Marios Molfetas, Business Development Director (Languages), and from Nikos Pylarinos and Ellie Noitsi, Corporate Executives, as well as to attend two academic presentations by PEOPLECERT Academic Associates, Marili Kousteni and Tina Karalis, which focused on the tasks of IELTS Writing and Speaking.
“IDP Education Ltd chose PEOPLECERT to deliver IELTS in Greece, which once again proves our outstanding reputation for technology robustness and service offering, as well as our commitment to the core values of “Quality, Passion, Innovation and Integrity” which guide everything we do” stated Byron Nicolaides, Chairman and CEO of PEOPLECERT. “The celebration for PEOPLECERT becoming the Official IELTS Test Centre in Greece highlights our ongoing investment in providing opportunities for students” he concluded.
“We are excited to join forces with PEOPLECERT, a highly professional and innovative company with similar values, aims and standards” noted Melissa Cudmore, Regional Manager Western Europe, IDP Education Ltd.
At both events the publishing houses of Andrew Betsis ELT / Global ELT, ELT News, Express Publishing, Grivas Publications, Macmillan Education and Super Course ELT Publishing exhibited their IELTS preparation material for instructors and test takers.
IELTS is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test, measuring four skills – Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking, with over 2.7 million tests taken in 2015. It opens the door to study, work and migration opportunities in Greece and foreign countries where English is widely spoken. IELTS is a high-stakes test that is accepted by more than 9,000 organisations worldwide – including higher education institutions, professional associations, private employers and governments. In Greece it is also recognised by ASEP, as well as by public and private sector bodies, no matter when the test results were issued.
PEOPLECERT is a global leader in assessment and certification of professional skills, partnering with multinational organisations and government bodies for the development and delivery of standardised exams. Delivering exams across 160 countries over its state-of-the-art assessment technology, PEOPLECERT enables professionals to boost their careers and realise their life ambitions.
About IDP Education Ltd
IDP Education Ltd is a global leader in international student recruitment and a co-owner of IELTS (International English Language Testing System), a leading English language proficiency test. Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, IDP Education Ltd is 50% owned by 38 Australian universities through Education Australia Limited, with the remaining 50% traded on the ASX.
For more than 45 years, IDP Education Ltd has played a major role in international education and placed more than 400,000 students into quality institutions in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada and New Zealand. IDP Education Ltd has also been involved in English language teaching since 1988.
IDP Education Ltd employs more than 1,600 staff globally, has 90 student recruitment offices in 30 countries and more than 400 IELTS test locations in 60 countries.
For further information on IELTS through PEOPLECERT, please visit the Official IELTS Greece website: www.ieltsgreece.org.
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