STEM Certifications

STEM students have the opportunity to get many different industry certifications. All certification opportunities are provided to the students free of charge. Learn more about the certifications below.
Autodesk Inventor  Our students use real 3D engineering software! Students in the Aerospace Engineering pathway, the Civil Engineering & Architecture pathway, and the Computer Integrated Manufacturing pathway all use Autodesk Inventor. Autodesk Inventor is a 3D Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software used by engineers in industry worldwide. Students have the opportunity to become Autodesk Inventor Certified Users with a certification test they prepare for in one of their classes. Over 95% of Akins students who try for the Inventor certification get certified. Check out the Inventor screenshots below!
 
 
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)  Akins students now have the opportunity to earn a LEED professional credential. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and provides building owners and operators a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions. LEED is an internationally recognized certification for both architecture firms and buildings. Check out the LEED certified building projects in Austin here http://www.austintexas.gov/page/green-capital-improvement-projects. Did you know these Austin buildings below were LEED certified?
 
 
NEW 2021-2022! Autodesk Revit  For the first time this school year students will be able to become Autodesk Revit Certified Users. Revit is a 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM) software used in architecture, structural engineering, and construction. Students have the opportunity to become Autodesk Revit Certified Users with a certification test they prepare for in one of their classes.
 
 
 
NEW 2019-2020! Biotechnology Assistant Credentialing Exam (BACE) Also for the first time this school year, students can become certified biotechnology assistants. The BACE certification allows students to get jobs as entry level biotechnicians and work in a lab.
 
 
 
NEW 2020-2021! Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)  Akins students now have the opportunity to earn a HIPAA compliance certification. Established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act aims to protect the privacy and security of individual's health information. Students earning this certification have demonstrated their understanding of HIPAA compliance.