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SkillSoft Launches Certification Services to Help Organizations Implement and Manage Professional and Internal Certification Initiatives

Newest Offering Combines Wide Variety of Learning Resources and Program Management Services; Tailored to Specific Corporate Objectives and Learning Audiences

Nashua, NH June 28, 2005 SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL), a leading provider of content resources and complementary technologies for integrated enterprise learning, announced today the launch of SkillSoft Certification Services, an offering designed to help organizations efficiently implement and manage certification programs, reduce certification costs and raise pass rates.

Certification Services packages and broadens a range of services that SkillSoft has provided to a small number of large client organizations for several years. Each certification program is customized to the needs and budget of the organization and the skill levels and learning preferences of various employee audiences. Programs can be tailored to professional certification initiatives, such as certifications for project management, human resources, Microsoft, or Cisco, or to internal certifications such as those developed for sales effectiveness, customer service, or a new product offering. A SkillSoft program manager oversees each certification program and provides planning and implementation support, management updates, ongoing communication with learner audiences and monitoring of progress, and detailed reporting.

Certification programs are based on blended solutions and use instructor-assisted distance learning as well as self-paced, Web-based instruction. Programs can include a variety of learning resources and activities, including pre- and post-exam assessments, SkillSoft e-learning courses, online labs, mentoring, Express Guide manuals, Referenceware? from Books24x7?, instructor-led review sessions, exam test preparation, and exam vouchers for certification exams.

"We're seeing a growing emphasis placed on major certification initiatives. Many companies struggle with managing these programs, which can involve multiple vendors and span several business units and locations," said Mary Miller, vice president of SkillSoft's Solution Services. "We offer proven best practices for certification developed through years of experience in managing major enterprise learning programs, along with dedicated program management and an unmatched breadth of resources." The Solution Services group also offers program management and administrative services to clients seeking assistance with enterprise learning programs.

Pricing is based on a range of factors, including number of employees participating in a certification program and resources required. For more information, call 877-545-5763 or go to http://www.skillsoft.com/support/solution_services.asp.

About SkillSoft

SkillSoft is a leading provider of comprehensive e-learning content and technology products for business and IT professionals within global enterprises. SkillSoft's multi-modal learning solutions support and enhance the speed and effectiveness of both formal and informal processes and integrate SkillSoft's in-depth content resources, learning management system, virtual classroom technology and support services.

Content offerings include SkillSoft's business, IT, desktop and compliance courseware collections and BusinessPro(TM), ITPro(TM), OfficeEssentials(TM), FinancePro(TM), EngineeringPro(TM), GovEssentials(TM), ExecSummaries(TM) and ExecBlueprints(TM) collections from Books24x7(R). SkillSoft's complementary technologies include SkillPort, the company's learning management system with its powerful Search-and-Learn(TM) technology and premium add-on modules, and SkillSoft Dialogue(TM) virtual classroom, a solution that allows customers to create and deliver effective blended learning programs using custom content and off-the-shelf learning resources. For more information, visit http://www.skillsoft.com.

SkillSoft, the SkillSoft logo, Ahead of the Learning Curve, SkillPort, Search-and-Learn, SkillChoice, Books24x7, Referenceware, ITPro, BusinessPro, OfficeEssentials, GovEssentials, EngineeringPro, FinancePro, ExecSummaries, ExecBlueprints, Express Guide and Dialogue are trademarks or registered trademarks of SkillSoft PLC in the United States and certain other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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