Introduction to Industry Certifications

Industry Certifications

The REC Foundation provides two industry certifications (Pre-Engineering and Robotics) for schools, students in engineering related programs, and robotics clubs. These certifications were designed by a team of accomplished professionals composed of engineers, college professors, and high school teachers.

The REC Foundation Certifications Program is a response to a global need for more students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.


Certifications are divided into a Fundamentals of Engineering section and eight engineering area modules.

  • Aerospace Pre-Engineering
  • Chemical Pre-Engineering
  • Civil Pre-Engineering
  • Computer Science/Programming
  • Electrical Pre-Engineering
  • Engineering Technology
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Mechanical Pre-Engineering

Curriculum Suggestions

The REC Foundation does not require or provide proprietary curriculum but instead aligns with the curriculum of many Engineering, Technology, and Robotics courses. Whereas the REC Foundation does not require curriculum, the following resources are available for teachers to consider.

VEX V5 STEM Labs (free) – VEX V5 STEM Labs include Over 65 hours of instruction (13 lessons) on topics including Math, Science, Engineering, and Programming. All the lessons include Objectives, Materials and Standards as well as necessary teacher lesson plans for the classroom.

Project Lead The Way (Registration and Training costs vary) – PLTW Engineering curriculum is broken into year-long classes with national standards, lesson plans and all digital resources included in the school registration. All the RECF Certification standards are found in the PLTW curriculum resources.

NASA (free) – Find resources to support your STEM curriculum, professional development opportunities to expand your knowledge base, contests to engage your students and more!


  • Engineering Fundamentals: Design, Principles, and Careers, 2nd Edition; By: Ryan A. Brown, Joshua W. Brown, and Michael Berkeihiser
  • Engineering Fundamentals: An Introduction to Engineering, 6th Edition; By: Cengage Learning