IPC Courses – Solder Training and IPC Certification

The IPC certification program is an industry-wide international standard whose training programs are ANSI-certified programs. Each of the IPC certification and training programs are based on an industry-wide IPC standard. These standards are determined by input from industry typically consisting of consultants, OEMs, contract manufacturers, suppliers, training companies and more stakeholders.
Industry practitioners can earn IPC credentials in numerous IPC standards. These IPC certification program cover both hands-on skills as well as discrimination skills. The hands on programs consists of the following:
J-STD-001 , Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies . This standards defines how a printed circuit board assembly is to be made.
IPC-7711/IPC-7721, Rework of Electronic Assemblies/Repair and Modification of Printed Boards and Electronic Assemblies. This standard defines how boards should have their physical parts repaired. Common among them include but are not limited to lifted pads, damaged laminate and damaged mask among others. Rework refers to the proper techniques involved in the removal and replacement of the component.
The second type of IPC certification program focuses on the understanding and application of criteria, reinforcing discrimination skills and supporting visual acceptance criteria in key IPC standards. These IPC certification programs include:
IPC-A-610 , Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies. This has to do with how flex, rigid-flex and rigid printed circuit boards should look like post assembly.
IPC-A-600 , Acceptability of Printed Boards. This IPC certification program has to do with acceptance criteria for the unpopulated rigid, rigid-flex and flex boards.
IPC/WHMA-A-620 , Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies. The acceptability of wire harnesses and cable assemblies is the purpose of this specification.
The IPC certification program is a multi-tiered certification and training program. At Master instructors, hired by IPC licensed training centers and credentialed by the IPC to teach and certify program instructors. CIT’s , or certified instructor level trainers, train technician level or CIS candidates. All of these IPC credentials are portable credential granted to the individual in the same manner as a degree from a college or trade school.
The IPC certified instructor trainer (CIT level) is recommended for individuals in companies, independent consultants and faculty members of education and training institutions. Upon successful completion of this IPC “train-the-trainer” program, candidates are eligible to deliver CIS training . They also receive IPC materials for conducting application-level (CIS) IPC training.
The IPC Certified IPC Application Specialist (CIS) is recommended for any individual who uses the standard, including operators, inspectors, buyers and management.