610 Inspection Criteria

CIS - Certified IPC Specialist

610 Inspection Criteria


Workmanship Standards and inspection criterion for assembled PCB’s. The IPC 610 Certified IPC Specialist (CIS) training course will provide the students with the industry approved inspection criteria for all the assemblies commonly encountered in an electronic assembly environment. This training course has been updated to the G revision. With the modularized format, classes can be customized to cover the specific areas that your manufacturing facility uses. The E revision has the added criteria for the lead free and BGA soldering inspection criteria, as well as updated information on bare board inspection criteria. Numerous lead free solder joint pictures have been added to quickly familiarize the student with new look of the lead free solder joint. The IPC-A-610, “Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies” is the most widely used specification published by the IPC for the electronics manufacturing industry. There have been extensive and significant changes to the IPC A-610 with the launch of the G revision. Many of the criteria have also changed, along with the addition of “lead-free’ solder criteria. The IPC-A-610G Certified IPC Specialist (CIS) Course for initial certification now has 9 different Modules Upon successful completion with a score of 70% or better, the student will receive an IPC “Application Specialist (CIS)” Operator Certificate. Successfully pass Modules 1 & 2 with an average score of 70% or better Successfully pass Modules 3-9 with an average score of 70% or better *Note: the IPC-A-610 Curriculum does not include any hands-on soldering.



CSE- Certified Standards Expert

610 Inspection Criteria


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, but the CSE will be able to: 

  • Act as a subject matter expert for their organization, answering standard related questions, providing support to various levels of the organization, and, interpreting the standard for their organization.
  • Judge organizational conflicts in opinion of a viewed condition.
  • Act as the intermediary between the organization and IPC staff and/or industry experts on standards questions.
  • Update the organization on the latest standards and best practices from industry.
  • Provide feedback to standards committees on updates to the process for inclusion in the standards.
  • Interface with designers and process engineers to develop assembly processes.
  • The Certified Standards Expert (CSE) program is divided into two levels:
    • Certified Standards Expert (CSE)
    • Senior Standards Expert (SCSE)


What does the CSE certify?

  • The CSE program confirms that an individual has demonstrated the level of knowledge and understanding required to act as a subject matter expert for a specific IPC standard including:
    • IPC-A-610
    • J-STD-001
    • IPC/WHMA-A-620
    • IPC-A-600
    • IPC-6012
    • IPC-7711/IPC-7721
  • The IPC Certified Standards Expert (CSE) possesses the ability to:
    • Navigate the IPC standard quickly and efficiently
    • Identify relevant sections of the standard to address specific questions 
    • Act as a subject matter expert on all matters related to the standard
    • Apply the standard to specific company needs


How does this certification differ from the IPC Certified IPC Trainer (CIT)?

  • The CIT program is designed for classroom instructors. It confirms that an individual has the technical and pedagogical knowledge and skills required to train individuals in the IPC Certified IPC Specialist (CIS) program.
  • A CIT must host at least one IPC course per calendar year.
  • A Certified Standards Expert (CSE) is not required to train.


Who can provide the IPC CSE training program?

  • The IPC CSE training program must be conducted by an MIT that is, at the time of the training, certified as a Master IPC trainer in the specific standard being taught.


Who can offer the IPC Certified Standards Experts (CSE) certification

  • Only IPC Training Centers may offer training and testing for the IPC Certified Standards Experts (CSE) certification.



CIT- Certified IPC Trainer

610 Inspection Criteria


Workmanship Standards and inspection criterion for assembled PCB’s. The 610 is the most widely used specification published by the IPC for the electronics manufacturing industry. The CIT level certification is an engineering level course designed to allow the successful candidate to certify individuals in their company to the 610 CIS level or to simply be a higher level certification. Candidates for this course should have a broad range of experience in the electronics industry or have completed the 610, J standard or 7711 CIS certification.

*Note: the IPC-A-610 Curriculum does not include any hands-on soldering.


 Instructor Training Course Topics

  • Establishing and maintaining integrity of the certification program
  • Purpose and application of IPC-A-610
  • Hardware installation
  • Soldering criteria, including lead free connections
  • Soldered requirements for connecting to terminals
  • Soldered connection requirements for plated-through holes
  • Surface mounting criteria for chip components, leadless and leaded chip carriers
  • Swaged hardware, and heatsink requirements of mechanical assemblies
  • Component mounting criteria for DIPS, socket pins, and card edge connectors
  • Jumper wire assembly requirements
  • Solder fillet dimensional criteria for all major SMT component groups
  • Soldering, such as tombstoning, dewetting, voiding, etc
  • Criteria for component damage, laminate conditions, cleaning and coating
  • Steps to effectively using the lesson plan and materials, tips on inspection and a review of important Certified IPC Trainer skills


Who Should Become a Certified Trainer?

Anyone responsible for the quality and reliability of electronic assemblies should consider becoming an IPC-A-610 Certified IPC Trainer. Trainers and quality supervisors versed in electronic assembly are excellent candidates for A-610 training, as are engineering and manufacturing supervisors with assembly responsibilities.


Program Benefits

The IPC-A-610 Training and Certification Program offers those interested in company-wide quality assurance initiatives in an industry traceable, IPC-sponsored program to support their commitment to continuous improvement of product quality and reliability. The program provides individuals with a portable credential that represents their understanding of the IPC-A-610. 





Introduction/IPC Professional Policies and Procedures


Module 1 Foreward, Applicable Documents, & Handling - Required


Module 2 Soldering and High Voltage


Module 3 Component Damage & PCBs, Cleanliness


Module 4 Terminals (requires Module 2)


Module 5 Through Hole Technology (Requires Modules 2 & 3)


Module 6 Surface Mount Assemblies (Requires Modules 2 & 3)


Module 7 Hardware


Module 8 Solderless Wire Wrap 


IPC 610 Rev H - Virtual

Monday June 21, 2021 through Thursday June 24, 2021

610 CIS - June 21 - 23

610 CSE - June 21 - 24

610 CIT - June 21 - 24

IPC 610 - Virtual

Monday July 12, 2021 through Thursday July 15, 2021

610 CIS - July 12 - 14

610 CSE - July 12 - 15

610 CIT - July 12 - 15