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Principles of Small Engine Technology

Entry Level Certification for High School Students

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for small engine mechanics are expected to grow by five percent from 2016 to 2026.

The Equipment and Engine Training Council is proud to offer the Principles of Small Engine Technology Certification, designed to introduce the next generation of entry-level small engine technicians to the industry. Learners can earn this certification while in secondary school. It verifies competency in industry-standard equipment and tools needed to enter the outdoor power equipment industry.



Meeting the Industry Need

The certification validates individuals have acquired the entry-level technical knowledge and skills necessary to service and maintain 4-stroke small engines. Those who earn the certification are more qualified and prepared to enter entry-level, high-demand roles within the industry. Additionally, the certification allows employers to connect with more skilled candidates, filling gaps in the labor market, and jump-starting individuals’ careers.



Individuals who earn this certification have demonstrated possession of the technical knowledge and skills vital to succeeding in the outdoor power equipment industry. Through the EETC Principles of Small Engine Technology Certification process, individuals prove they are more qualified for employment in the outdoor power equipment industry than an applicant without the certification.


Industry Standards

The certification exam consists of 100 questions and assesses knowledge and skills from the following weighted industry standards:

• Engine Components & Operations Overview
• Tools, Parts & Equipment Identification & Management
• Disassembly Procedures
• Assembly Procedures
• Basic Troubleshooting, Repair, Service & Maintenance Procedures

Why We Created This Certification

We work closely with professionals in the field to lead the way in the power equipment industry. Because of our knowledge of and passion for the power equipment industry, we take great responsibility in sharing it. What better place to start than providing individuals interested in the industry with an opportunity to validate their knowledge and skills?

"We strive to provide relevant and meaningful training opportunities for students providing them the first step on the pathway to a career within the power equipment industry..."

Erik Sides
Executive Director
Equipment & Engine Training Council

“It is crucial we develop a pipeline of skilled workers for current and future positions in the industry. A student that has earned the Principles of Small Engine Technology Certification that is endorsed by a nationally recognized association such as EETC has proven that they are more qualified and prepared for stepping into high demand roles in our industry.”

Michael Broetzmann
Lead Service Training Specialist
Kohler Engines

Testing Platform

EETC utilizes iCEV for the certification testing platform. As the testing platform, iCEV fulfills the following responsibilities:

• Provides secure testing technology for certification exams
• Regulates testing environment
• Works with secondary and post-secondary academic institutions, workforce development associations and the public-at-large to offer certification options for career advancement
• Provides certification verification to employers for potential job applicants
• Offers optional certification exam preparation materials

For more information about earning this certification, visit

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