Universal Robots Launches First Cobot Certifications for Schools and Engineers in the Field

November 15, 2020 by Stephanie Leonida

Universal Robots receives accreditation by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and initiates its cobot educational training.

Universal Robots (UR) is a leading provider of collaborative robots. The company aims to bring affordable, safe, and easy-to-use cobots to businesses of all sizes globally.


UR offers an Education Program for training the next generation of robotics experts. Image courtesy of Universal Robots.


The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has recently accredited UR. This means that the company that is authorized to issue the IACET CEU (Continuing Education Units). 

The Education Program

With digital capabilities transforming manufacturing and development, the existing and next-generation needs to be ahead of the game when it comes to knowledge of automotive and robotic technologies and solutions paving the way for Industry 4.0.

 The Education Program gives students the chance to learn cobot programming and deployment. The program provides a defined pathway toward an Industry 4.0 career in advanced manufacturing and robotics.

For interactive and comprehensive learning, UR allows schools to purchase a package that includes a complete curriculum, a UR cobot arm, and software and hardware required to build industrial applications. 


UR offers an Education Program for training the next generation of robotics experts. Image courtesy of Universal Robots.


A gripper demo kit is included. It is a UR Academy hardware set with conveyor assembly, sensors and I/O simulation test box, 3D-printed training elements for exercises, 3D-printed dual TCP, and 3D-printed dual TCP. 

In a recent news release, Ritch Ramey, coordinator of RAMTEC (The Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative), said that “being able to offer a complete, turnkey training program with an industry-recognized credential gives schools increased access to both private grants and government funding when bringing cobots into classrooms.” Ramey added that “it will make all the difference in the acceleration of student access to a real industrial robot that is both safe to operate in a classroom and easy to use.”


The Curriculum

The UR Educational Training - Core Curriculum encompasses 32 credit hours of content with 10 units including Complete E-learning, Safety, Intro to Robotics, The Robotics World, Getting Started, Operations and Motion, Programming, Palletizing, Features/Planes, Safety Settings.

The curriculum is delivered with hands-on and in-class work alongside pre-and post-testing, which is managed through Universal Robots Learning Management Software. UR also offers instructor certification through a 4-day Teacher Certification Training Program.


The UR Education Program Package comes with all hardware and software needed for building industrial applications. Image courtesy of Universal Robots.


Ramey helped develop the UR course and has been supervising robotics training at the 24 Tri-Rivers career center in Ohio. The center represents the largest, most comprehensive robotics education center in the nation.


What Is The Benefit For Manufacturers?

Manufacturers looking for certified cobot training for their employees also have access to the UR course. Local and state governments encourage such education and continue to reimburse companies for the training costs. 

Industry professionals can attend classes via local schools and career centers or courses offered by URs’ authorized partners. Employees will be able to gain a certification for a desired skill and manufacturers can enhance the skill-set of their employees and attract new workers wishing to use skills in the field of advancing robotics automation. 


The UR Academy Education Program will be showcased at the virtual Cobot Expo 2.0 on November 16 -17.