With the proliferation of electronics into everyday life and now the desire to make everything “smart” and to put even toasters onto a home network, the printed circuit board and the manufacturing of same have become very important to the electronics ecosystem. The IPC-A-600 specification document on the acceptance criteria for these printed circuit boards has set the standard for PCB workmanship quality, giving comprehensive acceptance criteria with full-color illustrations and photographs showing all types of printed board surface and internal conditions.

Due to the importance of this critical component to the electronics assembly, the IPC-A-600 has become one of the most widely used documents ever published by IPC.

The knowledge of the acceptance criteria for printed circuit boards is essential in tracking down non-conformances to their origins. The IPC A-600 specialist training program makes a bold statement to users of printed circuit boards that a company is serious about continuous quality improvement. No one wants to source, pay for and place numerous electronic components on a defective PCB. The IPC-A-600 Specialist training and certification gives the assembler the information to do a better job at incoming inspection. Knowing acceptable conditions means that boards are not scrapped; potential liabilities are exposed early in the production process.  Certified inspectors working in electronic assembly can then experience a more productive relationship with their PCB suppliers.

This increased level of importance has made the necessity for the certification program surrounding the IPC-A-600 ever more mission-critical to the assembly industry. The program which ensures that a common knowledge base exists surrounding the knowledge of the board specifications is the IPC-A-600 Specialist training program. Working colleagues in the procurement, sourcing, incoming inspection and QC ends of the operation should be knowledgeable about the IPC-A-600 document and be able to become an IPC-A-600 Specialist by going through the certification program.
The objective of the IPC-A-600 Specialist training program is to qualify and certify the student in the IPC-A-600 by taking them through the material in the document,  This certification program assists all segments of the electronics interconnection industry to improve their understanding of printed board quality issues; greatly enhances communication between PCB manufacturers, their suppliers and their customers; and provides a valuable credential to industry professionals as well as recognition for their companies.

The objective of the IPC-A-600 Specialist training is to qualify and certify the student as an IPC Specialist (CIS) training in the IPC-A-600 and award the IPC-A-600 Certified IPC Specialist certificate.

Who should become an IPC-A-600 Specialist?

Anyone who is responsible for procurement, product quality, and reliability would benefit from becoming an IPC-A-600 specialist Typically students are in the procurement, incoming inspection, design and operations areas of a board shop where the PCBs are fabricated.

What’s in the class? 

  • Introduction or Overview of IPC Professional Training and Certification Policies and procedures, IPC-A-600 organization and will introduce the acceptance criteria, the general requirements of the specification and related documents.
  • External Observable Characteristics
  • Define and describe the external elements of a printed board that can be inspected with localized magnification.
  • Assessment and testing


  • Internal Observable Characteristics
  • Provide acceptability requirements for those characteristics that appear internally in the printed board
  • Assessment and testing


  • Define and describe the external elements of Fle.
  • Print Designs and special application boards that can be inspected with localized magnification.
  • Assessment and testing
  • Board shop tour (if time permits)

How long does the IPC-A600 CIS training it take?
3 days or less depending in which optional modules are chosen

What do you get when successfully completing the IPC-A-600 CIS training?

IPC Certificate of Training