High School Certification Test

WHAT IS THE AED HIGH SCHOOL CERTIFICATION TEST? 

The AED Foundation (AEDF) High School Certification Test is an end-of-program fundamental assessment that evaluates technical knowledge of pre-hire applicants and employed technicians in the heavy equipment industry upon high school graduation. The primary function of the test is to ensure industry standards are upheld by our members, schools, and partners by identifying the strengths and weaknesses of graduating high school seniors in the six core competencies of the AEDF technical standards: 

  • Powertrains 
  • Diesel engines 
  • HVAC 
  • Hydraulics/hydrostatics 
  • Electrical 
  • Safety/administrative processes 

The test aligns with AEDF’s national Standards for Construction Equipment Technology publication that is now in its 9th edition.  These technical standards are regularly updated by industry representatives from dealers, equipment manufacturers and technical colleges. 

HOW DO I TAKE THE HIGH SCHOOL CERTIFICATION TEST? 

Taking the test is easy. Each organization is assigned its own protected online login/password, where all assessment processes, purchases and results can be conveniently accessed by a coordinator. Upon completion of the test, students submit the completed exam and the results are then immediately available to the organization.  

HOW DO I USE THE RESULTS OF AN AEDF TECHNICAL TEST? 

Each test-taker receives a percent-correct score, as well as an overall score.  Scores are also reported in sub-categories for detailed benchmarking data. A variety of individual and organizational reports provide additional information that allow you to evaluate your test takers. 

FAST FACTS  

  • The test is available in both English and Spanish 
  • The test contains 100 questions 
  • High schools benefit from detailed benchmarking data 
  • Post-high school certificate 
  • Certification boosts student success in post-secondary school and/or employment opportunities 
  • Best opportunity for student performance at a much higher level than peers 

If you are interested in utilizing AEDF technical testing, please contact Linley Thompson at lthompson@aednet.org for information on registering as a program coordinator for your organization.