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ActiveEducation Announces OASIS Support for XML Certification

GOLDEN, CO. March 6, 2001.

ActiveEducation, provider of the new Certified XML Expert (CXE) exam, today announced support from OASIS, the XML interoperability consortium. OASIS, an international not-for-profit organization, advances electronic business by promoting open, collaborative development of interoperability specifications. The Consortium publicly recognizes the need for XML certification as a means of nurturing and verifying skills in the fast-growing field of structured information standards.

"The time for XML certification is now," stated Laura Walker, executive director of OASIS. "As the demands of the IT marketplace increase, it becomes critical for the industry to have a reliable benchmark for judging XML skills. We applaud the formation of objective certification programs that stress hands-on XML applications."

ActiveEducation's CXE program provides a vendor-neutral, performance-based exam in which students create working XML documents. "We believe that performance-based exams are more effective than pure multiple-choice tests for assessing skill proficiency, especially for a technology as critical as XML," said Mike Jossi, ActiveEducation founder and CEO.

The tight labor market for IT professionals is compelling employers to increasingly rely on certifications as a proficiency gauge for foundational IT skills. Fifty percent of hiring managers rank certification as "very important" or "important" according to the ITAA's comprehensive IT workforce study, "Bridging the Gap." In addition, the demand for XML technology budgets will increase 86 percent over last year, according to a study by IDG Research Services Group. ActiveEducation believes this growth in spending for XML-based solutions will create an urgent need for individuals with XML skills.

ActiveEducation, a private, venture-backed firm, was named Colorado's 26th fastest growing technology company as ranked by Deloitte and Touche in their 1999 and 2000 Colorado Fast 50 award program. ActiveEducation has clients ranging from universities to Fortune 500 corporations. The company also creates customized training and provides content for Microsoft Press and PeoplePC. For more information, call 800-494-7367 or visit

OASIS ( is the international not-for-profit consortium that advances electronic business by promoting open, collaborative development of interoperability specifications. With the United Nations, OASIS sponsors ebXML, a global framework for electronic business data exchange. OASIS operates XML.ORG, the non-commercial portal that delivers information on the use of XML in industry. OASIS technical work embraces conformance, security, business transactions, repositories, and other interoperability issues.

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