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Robotics in Manufacturing Fundamentals (RMF) Certification

The Robotics in Manufacturing Fundamentals (RMF) credential, focused on the fundamentals of manufacturing robotics, provides a starting point for career pathways in the field of robotics.

RMF is focused on assessing a candidate’s comprehension of fundamental robotics concepts, and may be used by those currently looking to upskill or reskill into manufacturing careers before pursuing equipment-specific or career pathway-specific training in robotics. The credential can help individuals begin a lifelong career in an industry where there is opportunity for advancement and good-paying jobs.

The industry recognized RMF credential was developed by SME, with two leading organizations in the robotics education area: Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation and FIRST®.

The RMF credential is ideal for high school and college students, dislocated workers, under-employed individuals, veterans, at-risk youth and others who are seeking new employment in high-demand manufacturing jobs.

With a RMF credential and the fundamental knowledge it represents, a candidate has many options available to them.

Candidates may pursue the RMF credential on their own, work with their local training provider or access Tooling U-SME resources to prepare for the exam.


Need Help Preparing?

Tooling U-SME offers an optional preparatory program of 22 online classes covering foundational manufacturing topics such as an introduction to manufacturing, applied mathematics, robotic applications, robot systems and components, robot programming concepts, and more – topics agreed upon by manufacturing experts as being relevant for foundational robotics knowledge across a wide-range of industries.

With each class lasting approximately 60 minutes, the training program can be completed in just a few weeks (typically less than one month) or in one semester as part of an Introduction to Robotics course, offering short-term, but comprehensive, preparation for the certification exam.

Please contact Tooling U-SME for information on a subscription at or 866.706.8665. Note that the Tooling U-SME training program is not required.

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To inquire about certification for groups (companies, schools, etc.) please contact Tooling U-SME at or 866.706.8665.


Individuals may pursue the RMF as part of their own professional development journey.

Individuals must identify a proctor to monitor the individual while taking the exam. A proctor can be a manager, supervisor, HR personnel, or teacher. The Proctor Form should be completed and submitted at least two weeks before taking the exam.

To prepare for the exam, be sure to review the RMF Body of Knowledge and certification exam tips.

Pricing for Individuals

College Student $75
Unemployed Individual $75
Employed Individual $125
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Take the Exam

Apply today for Robotics in Manufacturing Fundamentals Certification.

Body of Knowledge

To prepare for the exam, be sure to review the RMF Body of Knowledge and look at the weighting of questions.

Robotics Skills Checklist

A skills checklist is a list that details the skills required to perform or have the knowledge of using the topics outlined on the body of knowledge.

Have Questions or Need Additional Information?

Please reach out to us if you have questions about how the RMF Certification can benefit you or your organization.

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