Pearson has acquired Certiport, an IT and literacy assessment firm, for $140 million (£88.1 million) in cash.
The vendor was Spire Capital Partners.
Certiport sells its certifications and assessments through a network of 12,000 testing centres operated by 70 partners. Its customers include Microsoft, Adobe, and HP, and its products are used in more than 150 countries, with over 60% of its revenues coming from outside North America.
Pearson said the acquisition would extend the product range and geographic reach of its existing professional testing business, Pearson Vue.
Rona Fairhead, chief executive of Pearson’s professional education business, said: “The combination of Pearson VUE and Certiport will strengthen both businesses and will give us a unique portfolio of technology assessments and certification, serving everyone from a basic word-processing users to technology experts.”
Centiport generated revenues of $48 million in 2011, and has increased revenues at a compound annual rate of more than 20% over the past three years.
Pearson said that it expects the acquisition to enhance adjusted earnings per share.