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General questions about the AAE Program
Questions about the AAE accreditation
Questions about the AAME accreditation

General questions about the AAE Program

How can I gain practical experience of coding for the ARM architecture?

You can download a free 30-day evaluation copy of ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5).
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How do I order a paper certificate?

If you would like us to send you a paper certificate, please send us an email providing the following details:

  • Your full name, as it appears on the notification printout you were given at the Prometric test center when you completed the exam.
  • Your unique candidate reference number, as it appears on the notification printout you were given at the Prometric test center when you completed the exam.
  • The date you took the exam.
  • The Prometric test center at which you took the exam.
  • The postal address to which you would like the certificate to be sent.

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For how long is my accreditation valid?

The accreditations that are currently available in the AAE program do not expire. By passing the test and becoming accredited, you have demonstrated that you have met the required standard of knowledge of ARM technology. You will not need to be retested on a periodic basis. As newer ARM architecture versions and technologies become available, we may introduce further exams to match these architectures. Existing Accredited Engineers may wish to take such new exams to update their skills.
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How do I get a refund?

If you need to cancel a scheduled test before the scheduled date you may be able to get a full refund from Prometric. For more information, visit the register, reschedule, cancel or confirm page on the Prometric website. Whether or not you receive a refund for your cancelled exam depends on the exam you are scheduled to take, how far in advance you cancel your exam, and the prevailing rules and procedures surrounding exam cancellation.
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How can I check that a certificate is authentic?

AAE Program certificates have three basic authenticity features – one is a custom holographic image on the certificate, the second is a custom embossed area on the certificate and the third is a unique candidate reference number printed on the certificate.
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I have passed one of the exams and now wish to share my success. Can I use the AAE Program logo to promote my new status?

If you have successfully passed one or more of the AAE Program exams, you are authorized to use the AAE logo shown below, so long as you follow the logo usage guidelines and your use is accurate, fair and not misleading.

ARM Accredited Engineer logo
(to download this image, simply right-click and then select "Save image as...")

Logo usage guidelines (80kb)

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Questions about the AAE accreditation

How much does the AAE accreditation exam cost?

Please check the Prometric website for up-to-date prices.
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What are the prerequisites for sitting the AAE exam?

In order to successfully sit the AAE Exam, candidates should have the following:

  • Some familiarity with the C programming language and the ability to read and understand ARM assembly language code.
  • A good grounding in basic software engineering and development skills.
  • Experience of programming in embedded systems.
  • An understanding of all the subject areas covered in the syllabus.

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How many hours should I devote to studying each week?

As every student is different, it is hard for us to give general guidance on how much time you should devote to studying each week. However, using the AAE Study Guide and mock exams, you should be able to determine your current level of AAE proficiency and the areas you need to focus on to improve your knowledge. You will then have a better idea of how much studying you need to do and when you will be ready to sit the exam. If you feel you need to gain practical experience of coding for the ARM architecture, you can download a free 30-day evaluation copy of ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5).
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Questions about the AAME accreditation

What’s the best way to prepare for this exam?

Every student’s learning journey will be different depending on where they are starting from and how much effort they are prepared to dedicate to obtaining the accreditation. Generally speaking we would recommend that candidates consider taking the following actions:

  • Study the AAME Syllabus document – This will give you a full breakdown of exactly what subject areas are covered by the AAME exam and an indication of the depth to which you will need to learn them.
  • Decide which areas of the syllabus you are already familiar with and which you need to spend some more time learning about. Plan your study around the areas you need to spend time on.
  • Read the appropriate sections of the necessary learning resources.
  • Test your understanding of the subject matter by taking the mock tests.
  • When you feel you know the subject matter sufficiently well, register for the exam at www.prometric.com/arm.

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What are the prerequisites for this exam?

In order to successfully sit the AAME Exam, candidates should have the following:

  • Some familiarity with the C/C++ programming language and the ability to read and understand ARM assembly language code.
  • A good grounding in basic embedded software engineering and development skills.
  • Experience of programming in embedded systems.
  • An understanding of all the subject areas covered in the AAME syllabus.

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How does the AAME accreditation differ from the AAE accreditation?

The AAME exam is focused on ARMv6-M and ARMv7-M Cortex-M technology so it is aimed at embedded microcontroller engineers, whereas the AAE Accreditation is focused on ARMv7-A Cortex-A technology and is therefore aimed at embedded application processor engineers. Apart from the difference in subject matter focus the AAME exam is very similar in format and difficulty level to the AAE exam. It consists of the same number of items and is delivered in the same way.
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