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IPC-A-610 Training Program for Instructors

The IPC-A-610 training program for instructors brings the flexibility for IPC PCB inspection training to your facility. Not only can pick and choose which modules or topic areas fit your business but you can be flexible as to when you this training can be accomplished at your business.  This IPC training program allows you to also have a subject matter expert on staff for customer audits.

The  IPC-A-610 standard is a widely-used international standard for the inspection of printed circuit boards. It is THE source for end-product acceptance criteria from toys to military hardware. The training program, whose goal it is to teach the use of the standard, can be employed by a variety of companies.

IPC-A-610 CIT training provides expanded information and materials to prepare individuals to deliver IPC-A-610 CIS training. Quality Supervisors, in-house solder trainers and incoming inspection personnel are excellent candidates for instructor training, as are engineering and manufacturing supervisors.

Certification in this industry-traceable program demonstrates your commitment to continuous improvement of product quality and reliability. Both the CIT and CIS programs provide individuals with a portable credential that represents their understanding of IPC-A-610.

IPC-A-610 CIT training prepares the instructor to teach all of the IPC-A-610 CIS modules. They are listed below by topical area:

  • Purpose and application of IPC-A-610
  • Hardware installation
  • Swaged hardware, and heatsink requirements of mechanical assemblies
  • Soldering criteria, including lead-free connections
  • Surface mounting criteria for chip components, leadless and leaded chip carriers
  • 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 and more
  • Criteria for component damage, laminate conditions, cleaning and coating
  • Soldered connection requirements for plated-through holes
  • Soldered connection requirements for connecting to terminals


IPC-A-610 CIT training from BEST can be taught at one of our training centers, in our fully-equipped mobile training center or on site at one of your locations


Applications Specialist Training IPC-A-610

IPC certification training for application specialists, otherwise known as IPC-A-610 certification course applicants, is the PCB inspection certification program in the electronics industry. This class will teach you about how to use and apply the IPC-A-610 standard. While it does not include any hand soldering or inspection skills, there are some add-on sections offered by most of the IPC certification training centers that touch on hands-on inspection skills.

The IPC certification for IPC-A-610 application specialists consists of several modules. These are enumerated below:

Module 1 Introduction/IPC, Professional Policies and Procedures

Module 2 Foreword, Applicable, Documents, & Handling

Module 3 Hardware Installation

Module 4 Soldering (Including High Voltage)

Module 5 Terminal Connections (Requires Modules 4 & 8 prior to taking this module)

Module 6 Through-Hole Technology (Including TH Jumper Wires) (Requires Modules 4 & 8 prior to taking this module)

Module 7 Surface Mount Assemblies (Including SMT Jumper Wires) (Requires Modules 4 & 8 prior to taking this module)

Module 8 Component Damage and Printed Circuit Boards and Assemblies

Module 9 Solderless Wire Wrap

This class is a modularized class meaning that the company personnel being instructed can “pick and choose” the applicable modules to their business. Modules 1 and 2 are mandatory whereas the others are optional. This IPC certification program can consume anywhere from 1 to 3 days in the training room.


Once credentialed the CIS application specialist retains their IPC certification for a 2 year period of time. These credentials are portable meaning that the person retains the cert. The IPC training portal keeps tracks of the testing results and the validation of the training program credentials.

In terms of getting some hands on training in using the standard each of the companies have different approaches. In some cases the student is placed under the guidance of a senior inspector for a while who explains strategies and double-checks the work. In other cases new inspectors may be involved in first checking simple assemblies followed by more complex tasks. In some cases they may have their own solder inspection and training program. Finally the option exists for the trainees to sit on a hands-on class developed by the local IPC certification training center in hands-on PCB inspection.

IPC-A-610 Certification CIS Course

The world standard in PCB inspection criteria for assembled PCBs is the IPC A-610 formally known as “Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies”. It includes hundreds of pictures, tables , diagrams and references developed by industry subject matter experts. It is THE definitive source for the inspection criteria for consumer grade, commercial grade and high reliability electronic assemblies.


The industry trade group, the IPC, develops the standards based on industry input and prints, distributes and monitors and develops the training program for this standard. By taking on this certification training you can demonstrate your commitment to discerning customer requirements and assists companies interested in quality assurance programs such as ISO-9000 or others.

IPC training comes with it a recognition and legitimacy worldwide in the electronics industry. Many individuals have been trained to be IPC-A-610 Certified IPC Trainers. The IPC-A-610 training and certification program for company trainers provides quality training materials, online testing and certification housing and detailed instructional plans for IPC training application specialists. These candidates typically come from nearly every level in the electronics “food chain” including but not limited to purchasing, sales, process engineering, quality and more.

IPC-A-610 training and certification program has two tiers of certification including both trainers and applications specialists. Trainers are sent by their respective employers to IPC training centers to receive standardized extensive training. They are certified as trainers after sitting through the instruction and passing the online tests. Potential IPC training instructors can “challenge test” at the training center if they feel like they know the material already . These trainers are then given the material and knowledge to train associates as IPC CIS candidates. The IPC A-610 CIS training consists of a modularized training course which is modularized or customized to the needs of the specific employer. In both cases the IPC solder certification program cert is valid for a 2 year time period. Recertification is also done at an IPC training center.

High Volume PCB Rework

There are cases where the nameplate holder and or the contract manufacturer is limited by their capacity when it comes to the rework of a high volume of PCBs. In a majority of the cases this is caused by a poor design by the OEM and a part or parts need to be swapped out, an undetected manufacturing flaw or an installed component does perform as per the specifications of the part. For hundreds or even a few thousand of fully assembled PCBs there is generally enough capacity in terms of either personnel or equipment to get the rework project completed in the time frame required but when it gets in to the thousands or tens of thousands of units, capacity can be constrained.


One of the reasons for this capacity constraint is having the immediate availability of lots of hand soldering technicians. Typically there only a few soldering techs available as boards in higher volume are pushed to have as many components placed as possible by the automated assembly equipment. This means there only a few soldering technicians with the advanced skill set which are required in order to perform high quantities of the rework project. Hence these resources must be found within either the temporary labor pool (their number is steadily shrinking as the number of available positions in a high volume manufacturing environment has shrunk.

The other capacity constraint is the manual nature of a majority of the rework equipment on the market today. For example most BGA rework systems are of the “semi automated” approach where loading and unloading of the part and board is done via human intervention. In addition the printing of the solder paste as well as the site excavation and preparation is also done via a manual process. This slows down the process and again requires armies of highly skilled rework technicians in order to get through large volume projects.

One of the ways companies are solving this challenge is by outsourcing these very large projects. In this manner the responsible company can manage the logistics of the project (getting product from customers, the supply chain and the manufacturing location) and letting the outsourced rework service provider take care of the rework and repair of the printed circuit boards. One of the examples of such a high volume rework project and how a much higher throughput was achieved can be demonstrated by the following video.


Cleveland Solder Training

Set on the Cuyahoga River on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland is an important business center in the state of Ohio. The major industry in the city is manufacturing, specifically steel, but includes other manufactured goods as well.

Although manufacturing plays an important role in the economy of Cleveland, diversification has taken place over the past few decades, and numerous companies have chosen the city to base their corporate headquarters out of. These include NACCO Industries, Applied Industrial Technologies, KeyCorp and Forest City Enterprises. NASA has a research center here as well.

The field of healthcare is an important provider of employment in Cleveland. In fact, the Cleveland Clinic is the largest private employment source in the city and offers over 37,000 jobs. Numerous other health care facilities are found here, including the University Hospital of Cleveland. In recent years, city management has made a concerted effort to grow the technology sector, and has offered numerous incentives to companies in this regard.

With the steel and manufacturing industry playing such a large part in Cleveland’s economic growth, skilled workers are essential to keep companies, and the city for that matter, at the forefront of trends in these industries.

At BEST, not only are we a leader in the field of solder training, but we are able to fulfill all your Cleveland Ohio solder training needs. We do this by providing numerous courses, including IPC Master Training Certification for both instructors and operators.

Our Cleveland Ohio solder training can even take place on your premises. How? Well we bring our Mobile Training Centre to you. In fact, we are the only Cleveland, Ohio solder training institution to offer training onsite.

For any queries, please contact us to have a solder training solution specifically drawn up for your needs.

Cincinnati Ohio Solder Training

Cincinnati Ohio’s economy is driven through diversification. The following fields contribute greatly to the economic base of the city: manufacturing, finance, insurance, education, health services, transportation, government and the wholesale and retail trade.

Numerous Fortune 500 companies have also made the city their home including, AK Steel, Procter and Gamble and Cinergy Corp. Cincinnati is recognized as an important international trade center of the United States. Interestingly, over 300 businesses in the greater metropolitan region are owned by companies outside of the States and from as far afield as Asia, Europe and Africa. These include Siemens, Bayer and AEG.

The manufacturing industry in Cincinnati is strong, with numerous goods produced including aircraft parts, auto parts, building materials, electronic equipment and robotics. The need for skilled workers in these manufacturing fields is great, and with ever evolving technology, training and improving employee skill sets has become an important priority for most companies.

BEST has been serving the Cincinnati Ohio solder training market with distinction in this regard. Not only do we provide your employees with the necessary skills to increase their knowledge and effectiveness, but we provide Cincinnati Ohio solder training opportunities with various courses and certifications. Our courses include, IPC-A-610, IPC J-STD-001, IPC-A-600, IPC/WHMA-A-620, IPC 7711/7721 and IPC Master Training for operators and instructors.

BEST has provided training solutions for a number of leading companies in the United States. These include Sanmina, Rockwell and Northrop. We are able to adjust our courses to your company’s individual needs, and we can provide onsite training through our mobile training center.

Are you a small company that needs training? BEST provides training for up to 100. If you have recently lost your trainer, plug us in in the mean time as your training resource. No matter if you are a small company or a large corporation, we can help. For your Cincinnati Ohio solder training solutions, contact BEST today.

Dayton Ohio Solder Training

Dayton Ohio’s traditional industries mainly consist of manufacturing, shipping, research and development. These core industries have developed over time, with many of Dayton’s businesses diversifying. A service-based economy has also begun to take foot in the city, which is composed of insurance, legal, healthcare, and government-based institutions. In 2008 and 2009, Dayton was ranked the best medium-sized metropolitan area in the United States for economic development.

Dayton’s area economy is largely composed of aerospace and defense contractors, as well as healthcare facilities. Hospitals in the region provide approximately 32, 000 jobs and contribute around $6.8 million to the economy. Impressively, Dayton ranks third in the United States for excellence in healthcare (study conducted in 2011 by HealthGrades).

The Aerospace industry is another massive contributor to the city’s economy. Since the Wright Brothers, the city has always been associated with flight, and is home to one of the biggest air force bases in the United States, Wright-Patterson AFB.

The demand for skilled labor in the city is increasing, and employers are either looking to employ skilled workers, or to train their staff. BEST has been serving the needs for Dayton Ohio solder training on an ongoing basis, providing both the knowledge and the skills for workers to increase their skill sets.

We do this by providing Dayton Ohio solder training in the form of numerous certifications. These include IPC-A-610, IPC J-STD-001, IPC-A-600, IPC/WHMA-A-620, IPC 7711/7721, as well as IPC Master Training for both operators and instructors.

Solder training is either provided at our facilities, or better still at your premises, through our mobile unit. We are the only Dayton Ohio solder training center to provide an onsite program. Having worked with numerous institutions including Flextronics, Plexus and GE Medical, you can be sure BEST has a solution for your solder training needs.

Columbus OH Solder Training

The city of Columbus, Ohio has an economy which is extremely diverse. Industries found in the city and surrounding areas include insurance, healthcare, retail, technology, education, banking, aviation, steel, energy and medical research. In fact, the biggest steel foundry in the United States, Columbus Steel Castings, operates just outside of Columbus. Additionally, as the state capital, many jobs are provided by government institutions.

A number of Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters in the city, ranking it 5th in the United States in this regard. Columbus prides itself on the diversification of its many industries. This diversification was one of the main reasons why the economic downturn of the 2007 recession had little impact on business here.

With the manufacturing industry a prominent player in the economy of the region, the need for skilled workers is paramount. BEST is an award winning leader in solder training in Columbus, specifically with regard to solder techniques. At BEST, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide Columbus, Ohio solder training which will help to improve the skills of your workforce.

We provide training and certification in numerous important fields. These include IPC-A-610, IPC J-STD-001, IPC-A-600, IPC/WHMA-A-620, IPC 7711/7721 and IPC Master Training for operators and instructors.

Our Columbus Ohio solder training courses emphasize “hands-on” work where each trainee is ultimately judged on the quality of the work they produce. We have trained many large corporations including Ericsson, Tellabs, Plexus and 3COM. You can be sure that BEST has a solder training solution to suit your needs.

BEST Columbus Ohio solder training can take place at our training facilities, or even on your own premises. This is thanks to our mobile training center, which is the only one of its kind in the region. In fact, we are the only IPC Certification Center to offer this facility. Contact us today to let us plan your customized solder training in Columbus, Ohio.

Ann Arbor Michigan Solder Training

The city of Ann Arbor, Michigan is home to one of the leading research universities in the United States – The University of Michigan. This institution is paramount to the economy in the region and employs over 30,000 people, of which 12,000 are found in the university’s medical center alone.

A number of technology companies are also based in the city, largely thanks to the research and development funding from the University. Another factor is the number of high-quality graduates Ann Arbor produces.

Although the University of Michigan drives much of the economy in the city, other important industries include health services, research facilities, laboratories, automobile manufacturers, and a number of high-tech industries. In recent years, both web development and online media companies have started to spring up in the city as well; either as expansions from other areas, or as start-up companies.

Skilled workers are highly sought in Ann Arbor in numerous fields, including research and manufacturing industries. BEST, a leader in training to electronics-based technology in the region, provides Ann Arbor, Michigan solder training to industries in the city itself, as well as in outlying areas. BEST is well respected in their field, having provided training for many clients including Motorola, Nokia and IBM.

As a leader in Ann Arbor Michigan solder training, BEST will provide your workforce with the required training and certification in many areas including IPC Master Training Certification for both instructors and operators.

Our Ann Arbor Michigan solder training courses are specifically designed to ensure “hands-on” training and can be undertaken at our facilities. We also offer our mobile training center, which we can bring to your premises. We are able to meet your training needs, developing a tailor-made program for you, whether you’re looking for single training, or the training of large groups.

Grand Rapids Michigan Solder Training

Grand Rapids or “Furniture City” as it is often called, is the main furniture manufacturing location in the United States. It is home to the five largest office furniture companies in the world.

Although furniture manufacturing is the primary contributor to the economy of Grand Rapids, the city is still is home to a very diverse range of other industries. Among these are healthcare and information technology, as well as a large number of manufacturing based companies producing consumer goods.

As with most modern cities, Grand Rapids attracts a number of companies, especially in the field of manufacturing. In fact, it is ranked in the top 10 United States cities for automotive, biopharmaceuticals and metal manufacturing. It is also ranked in the top 20 for the manufacturing of plastics.

With manufacturing playing an important part in the economy of the city, a large emphasis is placed on skilled workers, especially those trained in the field of solder techniques. Grand Rapids, Michigan solder training, provided by BEST, allows employers to support their workforce, so they can stay at the forefront of current practices in the field of solder technology. The training also allows workers to learn new skills in their field as new techniques and equipment come to the fore.

BEST is not only a leader in Grand Rapids, Michigan solder training, but provides certification in a number of areas in this important field of manufacturing. These include IPC Master Training Certification for both instructors and operators, IPC-A-610, IPC J-STD-001, IPC-A-600, IPC/WHMA-A-620 and IPC 7711/7721.

Grand Rapids, Michigan solder training programs provided by BEST can be conducted at our facilities which are just around the corner in Chicago IL or we can bring our mobile training center to your workplace. We are able to train from 1 to 100 employees, and will structure a program to suit your needs.