EETC Principles of Small Engine Technology Certification

The Equipment & Engine Training Council (EETC) Principles of Small Engine Technology Certification verifies competency in industry-standard equipment and tools needed to begin entry-level careers in the outdoor power equipment industry.


NOTE: The EETC Principles of Small Engine Technology Certification is only available to high school students.

If you are not enrolled in high school but are still interested in earning a certification from EETC, visit their website.

Meeting the Industry Need

The certification assesses industry-valued and industry-recognized standards produced by EETC, whose membership comprised of industry professionals from manufacturers, distributors, dealers, educational institutions and associations. Companies who are represented through membership include Kawasaki Engines, Honda Engines, Briggs and Stratton, Kohler Engines and others.

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


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.

Related Occupation

  • Outdoor Power Equipment & Other Small Engine Mechanics

Industry Standards

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


Engine Components & Operations Overview

  • Engine Component Identification
  • Engine Cooling Systems
  • Engine Oil & Lubrication Systems
  • Fuel System
  • Emission System
  • Electrical System
  • Governor System



Tools, Parts & Equipment Identification & Management

  • Precision Measuring Tools
  • Testing Instruments
  • Servicing Tools & Equipment
  • Hand Tools
  • Testing Tools & Equipment
  • Storage & Maintenance



Disassembly Procedures

  • Preparation of Disassembly
  • Removal of Muffler Assembly
  • Removal of Levers & Linkage
  • Removal of Valve Cover Breather Assembly
  • Removal of Closure Plate



Assembly Procedures

  • Installation of Oil Sentry
  • Installation of Flywheel
  • Installation of Ignition Module
  • Installation of Fuel Tank



Basic Troubleshooting, Repair, Service & Maintenance Procedures

  • Inspection of Parts
  • Evaluation of Parts for Wear Tolerance
  • Repairing Parts
  • Testing Procedures


Engine Components & Operations Overview


Tools, Parts & Equipment Identification and Management


Disassembly Procedures


Assembly Procedures


Basic Troubleshooting, Repair, Service & Maintenance Procedures


Optional Certification Preparation Materials

The iCEV online curriculum platform offers a variety of preparatory content and resources designed to prepare individuals to earn industry certifications.

Multimedia Presentations

Prepare for the certification exam with engaging video and PowerPoint® presentation lessons. Each lesson is developed through collaboration with industry experts in order to address industry standards within each certification.

Interactive Coursework


iCEV's interactive activities, projects and assessments are based on real-world scenarios and reinforce comprehension of the industry standards assessed within each certification exam.

Featured Support Letters

View letters from businesses and organizations expressing their support of the certification.

About Equipment & Engine Training Council

The Equipment & Engine Training Council (EETC) is a non-profit association addressing the critical shortage of service technicians through its school accreditation and EETC technician certification programs. Membership is made up of industry professionals from manufacturers, distributors, dealers, educational institutions and associations.

"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

Employer Certification Verification

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