China Distance Education Holdings Limited, together with its subsidiaries, provides online and offline education services, and sells related products in the People’s Republic of China. Its online courses are designed to help professionals and other course participants to obtain and maintain the skills, licenses, and certifications necessary to pursue careers in the areas of accounting, law, healthcare, construction engineering, and other industries. The company offers online test preparation courses to self-taught learners pursuing higher education diplomas or degrees, and to secondary school and college students preparing for various academic and entrance exams; and online foreign language courses. Its courses feature audio-video lectures by experienced lecturers or practitioners within their fields delivered through a multimedia and interactive Web interface using streaming media and other Internet-based technologies. The company’s online lectures are supplemented by its proprietary textbooks, tutoring, online assignments, exercises, mock examinations, and other forms of course-related support. It also provides in-person professional training for accounting firms; course production services and accounting magazine content production services to certain customers on a contractual basis; and develops online platforms for its customers and provides them with technical support and maintenance services on a contractual basis. In addition, the company offers offline primary and secondary school supplementary courses and business start-up training courses. China Distance Education Holdings Limited sells its books and reference materials through third-party bookstores and distributors; and through its online bookstore and offices. The company was founded in 2000 and is based in Beijing, the People’s Republic of China.