What Are the IPC/WHMA A-620 Certification Benefits?
The IPC-A-620 Training/Certification Program offers those interested in company-wide wire harness and cable assembly quality assurance initiatives an industry traceable certification program. The program provides either instructors or technicians with a credential that represents their understanding of the IPC/WHMA-A-620, the industry’s preeminent acceptability criteria document on wire harnesses or cables.
Further benefits are as follows….
- Rewards demonstrated ability.
- Receive professional recognition of skills and experience..
- Measures competence levels in a particular product or technology.
- Customers look for high levels of service from certified, technical professionals.
The IPC-A-620 program is an industry standard for cable and wire harness fabrication and installation. Classes of products are defined and include criteria for Target, Acceptable, Process Indicator and Defect conditions to support the collection of visual quality acceptability requirements for each class.
This specification was developed by members from user and supplier companies, represents a consensus among industry leaders belonging to either .the IPC or the Wire Harness Manufacturers' Association prepared this standard.
This training and certification is highly recognized throughout the electronics and cable and wire harness industries. Many individuals have been trained and certified as IPC-A-620 CIT instructors in the program. The IPC-A-620 Training and Certification provides instructors with high quality materials and detailed instructional plans for training operators.
The IPC-A-620 training and certification program has two tiers of instruction. CIT candidates are sent by their parent companies to receive intensive training on the IPC-A-620 from an IPC-approved certification center. Candidates are certified once they complete their course of study and pass the certification examination. If they feel they do not need the training course, candidates may opt to take a "challenge test" administered by one of the certification centers. CIT (instructors) are provided instructional materials for training workers in a 1-4 day technician level training program. CITs nd CISs are considered certified for two years after the course completion date. They must then re-certify at an IPC-approved certification site (CITs) or with a certified instructor at the company or at a certification center (CIS).
What Materials do IPC/WHMA-A-620 Instructors (CITs) Receive?
All IPC A-620 instructors receive materials for teaching the CIS training course, including:
Topics Covered in IPC/WHMA A-620
- Soldered terminations
- Cable and wire dimensioning
- Cable preparation
- Crimp terminations:
- Insulation displacement connections
- Ultrasonic welding
- Molding and potting
- Marking and labeling
- Co-ax and twin-ax assembly
- Wire bundle securing
- Testing of Cable/Wire Harness Assemblies