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College of Southern Maryland
Student Success Center


La Plata Campus
LR Building, Room 120

For information regarding academic issues contact:

Laurie Cangelosi


For information regarding testing contact:

Salman Zafarullah, Testing Center Manager
La Plata Testing Center: 301-934-7657

Leonardtown Campus
B Building, Room 111

For information regarding academic issues contact:
Beverly Dearstine-Russell

For information regarding testing contact:

Jacqueline Dyson, Testing Center Manager
Leonardtown Testing Center: 240-725-5340

Prince Frederick Campus
PFA Building, Room 125

For information regarding academic issues contact:
Laura M. Robins

For information regarding testing contact:

Linda Giles, Testing Center Manager
Prince Frederick Testing Center: 443-550-6040

Certification Testing

Certification Testing

The College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus is a test site for certification in various professions.  The college is looking forward to expanding its ability to provide certification testing through Pearson Vue at the Leonardtown campus by the end of 2014.

Prince Frederick Testing Center is now a certified Pearson Vue Test Site!

Pearson Vue

Pearson Vue provides certification exams for numerous vendors.  Many certifications in IT fields including CompTIA Security +, CompTIA A+, and CompTIA Network +, CISCO, Certified Ethical Hacker, Oracle Certification, GIAC, VMWare, and ITIL-F are available at CSM test sites.

For more information on exams offered at CSM locations and to schedule a test, visit the Pearson Vue website at  Some exams are only available through Pearson Professional Centers.

Pearson Vue exams are offered at the La Plata campus on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and on Tuesday and Thursday at the Prince Frederick campus.

  • The College of Southern Maryland offers classes leading up to IT certification and IT certification preparation courses.  Click here for more information.

    NEW! NREMT exams now available at CSM through Pearson Vue!

  • The Emergency Medical Services program here at the College of Southern Maryland prepares graduates to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (NREMT-P) exams.  For more information about the program click here.

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)

Certification for Microsoft Office 2010 is available through Certiport.  For more information and to pay for your exam online, click here to go to the Certiport website.  Contact the La Plata Testing Center at (301) 934-7657 to schedule an appointment.  Certiport exams are given on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There is a $25 proctor fee which can be paid at the Bursar's Office on the day of the exam.
  • The College of Southern Maryland offers beginner and intermediate classes in Microsoft Office Suite which can lead to MOS certification or an Entry-Level Administrative Assistant Certification through the college.  Click here for more information.

ACE Fitness Certification

Ace Fitness Certification exams are delivered by Castle WorldWide.  These exams are given on Tuesday and Thursdays at the La Plata campus. For more information on ACE fitness certifications, including exam registration, go to
  • The College of Southern Maryland offers courses leading up to certification as an ACE Personal Trainer and ACE Group Fitness Instructor.  Click here for more information.


EMPCO has partnered with the Maryland Sheriff's Association to provide pre-employment testing for Deputy Sheriffs and Jail/Corrections officers.  This testing program is available at all CSM Testing Centers.  Selected test dates are posted through the EMPCO website.  For more information click here for the EMPCO website or go to the Maryland Sheriffs' Association site by clicking here.


Contact for National and Certification Testing:

Lynda McDonald
Testing Center Coordinator
(301) 934-2251, x7128 or