MEDIA ALERT: ARM Launches MCU Engineer Accreditation

September 16, 2013

New Accreditation Enables Software Engineers to Officially Qualify in ARM® MCU technology

What: ARM has launched a new accreditation as part of its ARM Accredited Engineer (AAE) program. The new “ARM Accredited MCU Engineer” (AAME) accreditation will focus on software aspects of ARMv6 and ARMv7 Cortex-M architecture profiles and is aimed primarily at embedded Microcontroller Unit software engineers who are familiar with the ARM Cortex-M processor series and want to demonstrate their knowledge of ARM MCU technology.

Why: The AAE program is the only global exam-based accreditation program that offers engineers, trainers, consultants and students the opportunity to gain credible evidence of their knowledge of ARM technology. It offers individuals a way to validate their skills and differentiate themselves and gives employers a reliable benchmark that helps in recruiting new staff and developing existing staff.               

The new AAME accreditation complements the existing AAE accreditation (focused on Cortex-A and Cortex-R technology) to offer a professional qualification to the growing community of embedded software engineers using ARM Cortex-M based MCU devices in their products.               

At a time when the rapid growth of the “Internet of Things” (IoT) is driving ever wider adoption of Cortex-M based devices for their impressive combination of performance, cost, power, size and ease of use, the need for good quality engineers is imperative.               

Companies that place a strong emphasis on quality (especially those with ISO Certifications) may also wish to use the AAME accreditation as part of their formal learning and development process for engineers working on ARM MCU technology.

When: This new AAME accreditation is officially launched on 16th Sept 2013 and full details (including the official syllabus and learning resources) will be available on the AAE website ( from this date. Additional learning resources will be rolled out on the website as they become available over the following months and ARM will be working with our growing global network of Accreditation Training Partners to make high quality training courses available around the world.

The ARM University Program is also working with universities around the world to support learning on ARM Cortex-M based MCU devices. Please see to find out more.

Where: The AAE program is a global program administered by ARM’s delivery partner, Prometric, who operate a network of 10,000 test centers in over 160 countries around the world. Candidates will be able to attend any of Prometric’s Authorized Testing Centers in order to take their tests.Exam registration/scheduling for this accreditation will go live on the Prometric website ( on the launch date, so candidates will be able to start scheduling their tests immediately.               

For more information on the ARM Accredited Engineer Program and how you or your organization can participate please see or email

Who: ARM designs the technology that is at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM’s comprehensive product offering includes RISC microprocessors, graphics processors, video engines, enabling software, cell libraries, embedded memories, high-speed connectivity products, peripherals and development tools. Combined with comprehensive design services, training, support and maintenance, and the company’s broad Partner community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies.

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