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In its 5th edition, the CRE Primer (January, 2018) contains 664 pages and 400 questions and answers.
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CRE Table of Contents

I. Certification Overview

  • CRE Exam
  • CRE Body of Knowledge
  • Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • CRE Primer Content

II. Reliability Fundamentals

  • Leadership Foundations
  • Benefits of Reliability
  • Interrelationships
  • Leadership Responsibilities
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Function of Reliability Engr
  • Ethics in Reliability Engr
  • Supplier Assessments
  • Performance Monitoring
  • Reliability Foundations
  • Reliability Terminology
  • Drivers of Reliability
  • CAPA
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Lifecycle Stages
  • Cost of Poor Reliability
  • Maintainability/Availability Econ.
  • Quality Triangle
  • Six Sigma Methodologies
  • Systems Engineering
  • References

III. Risk Management

  • Identification
  • Risk Mgmt Techniques
  • Types of Risk
  • Analysis
  • Fault Tree Analysis
  • Common Mode Analysis
  • Hazard Analysis
  • Risk Matrix
  • System Safety
  • Mitigation
  • References

IV. Statistical Concepts

  • Basic Statistics
  • Probability Concepts
  • Probability Distributions
  • Probability Functions
  • Reliability Sampling Plans
  • SPC & Process Capability
  • Confidence Intervals
  • References

V. data Management

  • Sources of Reliability Data
  • Types of Data
  • Data Collection Methods
  • Data Summary & Reporting
  • Failure Analysis Methods
  • References

VI. Reliability Planning

  • Reliability Test Strategies
  • Environmental/use Factor
  • Failure Consequences
  • Failure Criteria
  • Testing Environment
  • References

VII. Testing & Modeling

  • Testing
  • Accelerated Life Tests
  • Stress Screening
  • Qualification Testing
  • Degradation Testing
  • Software Testing
  • Modeling
  • Block Diagrams
  • Physics of Failure
  • Failure Models
  • Prediction Methods
  • Design Prototyping
  • References

VIII. Reliability Designs

  • Evaluation Techniques
  • Stress-strength Analysis
  • Design of Experiments
  • Reliability Optimization
  • Human Factors
  • Design for X
  • Design for Reliability
  • Parts & Systems Development
  • Selection Techniques
  • Parts Standardization
  • References

IX. Maintainability

  • Maintenance Strategies
  • Preventive Maintenance Analysis
  • Corrective Maintenance Analysis
  • References

X. Appendix

  • Tables
  • Supplement
  • Calculus Review
  • Author/name Index
  • Formulas Index
  • Subject Index
  • Question Answers

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Fifth Edition Primer Changes

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The CRE Body of Knowledge was revised for the January 1, 2018 certification exams and later.

The following information is provided by the American Society for Quality (ASQ):

CRE Certification Requirements


The Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE) understands the principles of performance evaluation and prediction to improve product/systems safety, reliability, and maintainability. This body of knowledge and applied technologies include, but are not limited to, design review and control; prediction, estimation, and apportionment methodology; failure mode and effects analysis; the planning, operation, and analysis of reliability testing and field failures, including mathematical modeling; understanding human factors in reliability; and the ability to develop and administer reliability information systems for failure analysis, design, and performance improvement and reliability program management over the entire product life cycle.

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