IPC Training

WHY PURSUE CERTIFICATION

How will IPC certification benefit me / my company?

 

Overall, IPC certification allows for a better understanding of industry guidelines for meeting proper classification of product.  Other benefits of IPC certification include:

 

  • Help interpret proper techniques and how they are applied to the manufacturing process
  • Provide a better understanding of industry terms and definitions
  • Satisfies end customers’ requirements for industry recognized certification
  • If in contract manufacturing, customers may require operator level certifications
  • Increased confidence in operator competency
  • Higher quality product
  • Lower cost, increased profit through better efficiency, better quality and higher first pass yields

 

 

TYPES OF CERTIFICATION

 

Certification Levels

IPC offers three levels of certification to accommodate the needs of the market:

 

-       CIS – Certified IPC Specialist

-       CSE – Certified Standards Expert

-       CIT – Certified IPC Trainer

 

At the CIS level, a passing grade of 70% or greater is required and the testing is open book.  At the CSE and CIT levels, the passing requirement is 80% or higher, with a combination of open book and closed book testing.  The primary differentiator between the CSE & CIT levels is that there is no requirement for the CSE to teach in order to maintain certification; a CIT is required to train at least 10 students over the course of their 2-year certification.

 

Certifications are valid for 2 years from the date of issue—students are able to re-certify up to 6 months in advance of their certification expiration, and are not required to take a full class in order to re-certify.  Students may “challenge” the test, meaning that they can participate in the testing portion only; this usually takes place over the course of one business day.  We also offer a “hybrid” version where we do a comprehensive review and test.

 

Descriptions of each level certification according to the IPC website are below:



  • Certified IPC Specialist (CIS) - CIS training and certification is appropriate for any individual that will benefit by having a consistent understanding of the criteria in a standard. Line operators, engineers, quality engineers will find this training and certification beneficial for their knowledge in the electronics industry. 

 

  • Certified Standards Expert (CSE) - The Certified Standards Expert (CSE) is a subject matter professional with a high level of knowledge and understanding of a specific IPC standard or group of standards. The role of the Certified Standards Expert may vary by organization. 

 

  • Certified IPC Trainer (CIT) - The Certified IPC Trainer is a subject matter expert who will train others to the CIS level.  All CIT’s must train at least 10 CIS students in their 2-year certification period.

 

Reference: www.ipc.org

Select a IPC Training Category Below:

IPC Training

J Standard Soldering Process

J-STD001 – Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies

 

  • The preeminent authority for electronic assembly worldwide
  • Consists of both lecture and practical hands-on to validate understanding of the standard and putting requirements to use on circuit boards
  • Addresses materials, methods and verification criteria for the production of high-quality soldered leaded and lead-free assemblies
  • Certification is required in most products used in military, medical, specialized high end designs classified as critical Class 3 production

Notes:

  • Current J-STD001 Rev is H with corresponding Rev H Space Addendum


J-STD001 is not eligible for virtual learning due to the hands-on nature of the course.

Would you like a J-STD class on-site at your facility?  Email training@circuittechnology.com for a quote.

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IPC Training

7711/7721 Rework & Repair

IPC-7711/7721 – Rework, Modification and Repair

 

  • Offers a wide range of industry approved techniques and methods on through-hole and surface-mount rework
  • Primarily hands-on training where students perform multiple component removals and replacements of many types of SMT and TH devices
  • Shows techniques for land, conductor and laminate repair
  • Removing and replacing conformal coatings and encapsulants
  • Shows acceptable procedures for repairing damaged boards as well as modifying boards and assemblies
  • Updated to support lead-free, BGAs and flex-print repairs

7711/7721 is not eligible for virtual learning due to the hands-on nature of the course.

Would you like a 7711/7721 class on-site at your facility?  Email training@circuittechnology.com for a quote.

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IPC Training

610 Inspection Criteria

IPC-A-610 – Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies

 

  • The most widely used inspection standard for assembled PCBs in the electronics industry
  • The electronics manufacturing industry’s leading standard available in many languages.
  • Specifies industry classification acceptance criteria for Class 1, 2 and 3 products
  • Used by OEM & EMS organizations as primary inspection document

Interested in a dedicated virtual or on-site 610 class at your facility?  Email training@circuittechnology.com for a quote.

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IPC Training

620 Wire Harness Assembly

IPC/WHMA-A-620 – Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies

 

  • Addresses process, materials and inspection for the cable and wire harness industry
  • Developed by IPC with the WHMA (Wire Harness Manufacturer’s Association) 
  • Primary document for assembly, and final product inspection and acceptance.
  • Updated to include lead-free for terminal soldering criteria, IPC/WHMA-A-620
  • Has been adopted by OEM (original equipment manufacturers) and EMS (electronics manufacturing services) worldwide

Notes:

  • There is a 1-day, optional hands on module for IPC/WHMA-A-620
  • Soft skills only classes are available virtually



IPC/WHMA-A-620DS - Space and Military Applications Electronic Hardware Addendum


IPC/WHMA-A-620D-S space addendum provides additional requirements to IPC/WHMA-A-620D standard to ensure the reliability of cable and wire harness assemblies that must survive the vibration and thermal excursions encountered getting to and operating in the military and space environments. 

IPC/WHMA-A-620D-S cannot be used as a standalone document. It must be used with the base standard IPC/WHMA-A-620D.  This is a 5-day, hands-on course.



Interested in a dedicated virtual or on-site 620 class at your facility?  Email training@circuittechnology.com for a quote.

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IPC Training

600 Acceptability Criteria

IPC-A-600 – Acceptability of Printed Boards

 

  • IPC-A-600, Acceptability of Printed Boards, has set the standard for PCB workmanship quality with its comprehensive acceptance criteria for target, acceptable and nonconforming conditions on bare printed boards
  • PCB manufacturers and assemblers alike rely on this internationally recognized document to improve their understanding of printed board quality issues as well as help enhance communication with their suppliers and customers
  • IPC-A-600 is one of the most widely used standards ever published by IPC

Interested in a dedicated virtual or on-site 600 class at your facility?  Email training@circuittechnology.com for a quote.

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IPC Training

Virtual IPC Training Classes

Virtual IPC Training Classes Now Available



The health and safety of our employees and customers is a top priority for Circuit Technology and IPC.

IPC recognizes the unique and unexpected challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has created for the electronics manufacturing industry, and the training community. While this situation is still evolving, there are specific steps IPC felt they could set into motion to help address some of these challenges, one of them being remote training with a live instructor.

Circuit Technology Training is pleased to be able to offer remote training for the specs below--please click the class to view the upcoming schedules. Classes will be considered tentative until class capacity has reached 5 people.

If you would like to re-certify / challenge test remotely for a spec during one of the classes listed below, please email caitlin@circuittechnology.com and we will provide scheduling options as well as a quote.

If you have a group of 4 or more interested in virtual training for 600, 610, or 620, please contact us to learn more about our Circuit Technology VIRTUALPlus program.

 

Thank you for being a Circuit Technology Training customer. 

Caitlin Samples

Vice President, Training Services

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IPC Training

6012 Qualification and Performance Specification for Rigid Printed Boards

IPC-6012 – Qualification and Performance Specification

 

  • The industry-standard program for the performance and quality assurance of bare rigid printed boards based on the IPC-6012 qualification and performance specification
  • It includes coverage of performance criteria, requirements for testing of structural integrity, and frequency of end production inspection

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IPC Training

620 Space Addendum

IPC/WHMA-A-620D-S provides additional requirements to IPC/WHMA-A-620D to ensure the reliability of cable and wire harness assemblies that must survive the vibration and thermal cyclic environments getting to and operating in space. The IPC/WHMA-A-620D-S space addendum cannot be used as a stand alone document, it must be used with the base standard IPC/WHMA-A-620D.

This is a 5-day hands on course.  Prerequisite is IPC/WHMA-A-620D.

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