SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Free training for engineers who want to qualify under the ARM Accredited Engineer (AAE) program proved a big draw on the opening day of the ARM TechCon exhibition and conference.
AAE is a program of engineer certification being rolled out by ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England). The room selected for the all-day training seated about 150 and was full for large parts of the 6 hours of classes.
In July, ARM signed up Prometric Inc. (Baltimore, Md.) to design and deliver the AAE certification program for software and hardware engineers. Demand for this type of certification of engineers is coming from Taiwanese employers in particular, but also appears to be finding traction in Asia-Pacific region in general among employers, engineers and universities, according to sources close to the program.
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Qualification as an AAE is by computerized test that costs between about $100 and $200, depending where in the world the test is taken. The free day of training was valued at $500 and came with a 20 percent discount towards the cost of taking the exam.
ARM offered two days of free training at ARM TechCon based on the AAE syllabus and culminating in the chance to sample a mock test giving a flavor of what the full exam will be like. A source said that registration had been high prior to the opening of TechCon and that a high proportion had shown up on the day, as many as 170 people.
ARM TechCon is organized by UBM Electronics, the publisher of EE Times.