A vision for testing in Canada
On July 5, 2017, Yardstick acquired Assessment Strategies Inc.
In regulated industries that affect us all – healthcare, finance, insurance, real estate, safety – a learner’s competence is the difference between certainty and calamity.
The public assumes that professionals are ready. That they are trained and qualified to tend to our health, to manage our money, to keep us safe. But how many people really think about how they got there? Where they received their training and how they were tested? We do.
At Yardstick, we believe that learning and assessment changes lives. It changes communities, industries, whole societies. Our goal is to help 1 billion learners achieve competence by 2025. For over a decade we’ve worked with subject matter experts, employers, industry regulators, and training managers to train, certify and verify today’s workforce.
On July 5, 2017, Yardstick acquired Assessment Strategies Inc. (ASI), Canada’s first homegrown full-service professional testing company. As a celebrated leader in delivering high quality licensing, certification and jurisprudence examinations, ASI shares Yardstick’s vision for a safe, secure and successful world. Together, we form a Canadian testing solution capable of competing, delivering and thriving on a global scale.
About Assessment Strategies Inc.
Assessment Strategies Inc. (ASI) was founded in 1997 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Canadian Nurses Association. From its early beginnings as a paper-and-pencil service provider for nursing examinations, ASI has established itself as a pioneer in the Canadian testing industry, offering a full range of bilingual testing and assessment services. ASI specializes in serving national and provincial/territorial government and regulatory organizations, with a diverse clientele in the healthcare, retail, human resources, tourism and not-for-profit sectors.
“YARDSTICK HAS LONG ADMIRED THE TRADITION AND BRAND THAT ASI HAS CULTIVATED OVER ITS 20 YEARS OF BUSINESS.” GREG SADESKY, PHD., CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER AT YARDSTICK
As one of Canada’s leaders in psychometrics, computer-based examination administration, online learning, and educational technology, Yardstick draws on the latest developments in computer and web technology to deliver rigorous and creative online testing and training. Yardstick experts build everything with learner and candidate success in mind, partnering with subject matter experts, employers, industry regulators, and training managers to train, certify and verify today’s workforce. Yardstick has been named on Alberta Venture Magazine’s “Fast Growth 50” list, Deloitte’s North American “Technology Fast 500” list, PROFIT Magazine’s “Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies” list, and was recognized as one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures in 2015.
“TOGETHER, WE ARE WELL-POSITIONED TO SERVE THE CANADIAN MARKET IN A WAY NEITHER ALONE HAS BEEN ABLE TO ACHIEVE.” CHRIS LABOSSIERE, CEO AND CO-FOUNDER OF YARDSTICK