Developed in collaboration with the Equipment & Engine Training Council, the Principles of Small Engine Technology Certification provides students with an in-depth knowledge of small engine technology and equips students with the fundamental skills necessary to pursue a career within this industry.



Certification Overview

The Principles of Small Engine Technology Certification features student access to video demonstrations from industry professionals and specialists working within the field. The certification consists of 11 modules and a 100-question final certification exam.

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Erik Sides
Executive Director
Equipment & Engine Training Council


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  • Select and identify standard tools and equipment while demonstrating proper safety procedures, maintenance and storage.
  • Demonstrate how to properly assemble and disassemble a small gas engine.
  • Understand four-stroke engine operation, normal combustion and abnormal combustion.
  • Evaluate the components and operation of four-stroke engines, including cooling systems, uses of engine oil and lubrication systems.
  • Identify the various components of fuel systems, such as proper use of fuel and fuel types, carburetors and carburetor functions, fuel delivery methods, and engine management.
  • Discuss the standards of four-stroke engine emission systems, engine servicing and emissions warranties.
  • Identify the various components of electrical systems, such as electrical ignition, functions of ignition systems, spark plugs and spark plug function, and engine charging and starting systems.
  • Explain the mechanical and electronic functions of governor systems.
  • Understand various maintenance procedures and the importance of servicing and troubleshooting engine systems.


  • Four-Stroke Engine: Overview
  • Four-Stroke Engine: Components & Operation
  • Four-Stroke Engine: Fuel System
  • Four-Stroke Engine: Emissions System
  • Four-Stroke Engine: Electrical System
  • Four-Stroke Engine: Governor Systems
  • Four-Stroke Engine: Servicing & Troubleshooting
  • Small Engine Tools, Parts & Equipment: Identification & Operation
  • Small Gas Engine: Disassembly Procedures
  • Small Gas Engine: Assembly Procedures
  • Small Engine Technology: Troubleshooting, Repair, Service & Maintenance