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Solder training and IPC certification

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.

Illinois Solder Training

The state of Illinois has a robust economy that includes businesses of all sizes and from a range of different industries. From agribusiness and the energy industry, to life sciences and advanced electronics manufacturing, it has one of the most diverse business sectors in the nation. With seven research and technology parks, Illinois is becoming an environment where the industries of the future can thrive.

The state’s ability to compete in this ever-changing economy comes from its well-educated work force and a state government that is dedicated to building and maintaining an atmosphere where high-tech ventures can be successful.

With a technologically advanced workforce and some of the most innovative entrepreneurs in the country, the state is in a good position to become more competitive in the technology sector. However, the government, the citizens, and the business leaders, will need to take steps to keep this progress going. For the state’s workforce, that means a continued effort toward learning and advancing the skills that attract high-tech businesses.

For the manufacturing jobs of the future, one skill that technical firms are going to require is soldering. BEST is ready to help the businesses and workers in Illinois to develop the skills that they need to stay competitive in the modern manufacturing sector. Illinois solder training is available at BEST locations, or a business can arrange to have the mobile classroom brought wherever it is needed.

All Illinois solder training classes are taught by master instructors and they can be tailored to meet the needs of the client. BEST offers operator and instructor courses for IPC-A-610, IPC-A-600, IPC 7711/7721, SMT and Advanced SMT, BGA Rework and more. Being a leader in the technology training industry, BEST is uniquely positioned to provide businesses in Illinois with all of their solder training needs.

Missouri Solder Training

Missouri has an economy where businesses of all sizes can thrive. While the state does have a strong agricultural sector, the industries of aerospace, healthcare, chemical production, bioscience and electronics manufacturing also play major roles. In addition to these sectors, Missouri is also one of the leading states for the mining of lead and limestone.

As with many states, manufacturing is starting to take on a larger role in the state’s economic picture. While more traditional forms of production are part of this growth, much of it has come from the advanced manufacturing processes that produce items for the tech sector. This includes products for aerospace, nanotechnology and automation.

Part of the reason that companies in need of advanced manufacturing services come to Missouri, is because the state has a workforce that is equipped with the skills that are needed. With an attractive workforce, and the state’s business friendly atmosphere, growth in these high-tech industries is expected to continue for some time. Due to this, working to stay current with the times will always be necessary.

The business leaders of the state will need to continue to be innovative and productive, the state government will need to maintain the qualities that make the state a great place to do business, and the workers will need to stay competitive by acquiring and maintaining the skills that are needed. One of the skills that these workers and businesses will need is Missouri solder training.

BEST is a company that provides solder training for some of the biggest companies in the world. With a range of diverse Missouri solder training programs and the latest equipment, businesses can obtain first-rate solder training for their staff.

Clients can choose courses at one of the many BEST training centers throughout the country or they can arrange for Missouri solder training and certification from the mobile training center. Contact BEST to learn more about the different options that are available.

Michigan Solder Training

Michigan has a reputation as an industrial powerhouse of a state. This is where America’s automotive industry was built, and it is still the current leader in American car manufacturing. Along with being home to America’s top car manufacturers, it is also one of the nation’s leaders in research and development, and it is home to one of the best overall environments for manufacturing of all types.

Michigan has always been at the forefront when it comes to the electronics technology found in automobiles (accident avoidance systems, self driving vehicles, auto parking, etc) and that is unlikely to change any time soon. In addition to that, the state is also one of the leaders in fields like information technology, advanced manufacturing, defense, medical device production, water technology, food processing and much more.

Michigan attracts businesses in these high-tech fields because it is a state with a great environment for business. The state government is continually finding ways to invest in growth, the state is home to businesses that have experience with the latest technologies, and it also has a workforce that is already equipped with many of the skills that tech firms need.

For companies that want to compete in this advanced and ever-changing economy, it is important to have the resources that are needed. This includes the facilities to manufacture the products of the future, but also employees with the skills to do the work. This means that, along with other skills, there will be a high demand for Michigan solder training.

The instructors at BEST are some of the most experienced when it comes to providing solder training and certification. With training locations around the country and the BEST mobile training center, businesses have a range of options that can fit the needs of almost any employer. Contact the team from BEST for Michigan solder training and certification courses that are some of the most advanced available.

Kentucky Solder Training

Kentucky is a state with great opportunities. Long a home to some of the nation’s agricultural and mining industries, it is also a place where electronics manufacturing and energy production is growing. Much of the electricity in the US is produced with enriched uranium or coal which comes from Kentucky, and the state has natural resources that could be important for a range of emerging industries in the tech sector.

While Kentucky has always been known as a state with great mineral resources, much of the mining has left for countries where resources can be obtained at a lower cost. In the place where mining once was, industries like manufacturing and energy production stepped in to fill the void. However, mining still has a place in the current and future economy of the state, such as the mining of Kentucky’s clay for the building of superconductors.

Due to resources being needed for the production of high-tech items and manufacturing facilities around the state, it only makes sense that advanced manufacturing firms would look to Kentucky as a likely place to do business. Additionally, businesses are attracted to the state because of its dedicated workers and lower operational costs. To bring these investments to the state, workers will need skills like Kentucky solder training.

Businesses that want to compete for many of these advanced manufacturing contracts will need employees that can perform the work that companies need. BEST can provide Kentucky solder training for companies that want to get in on the growing electronics manufacturing sector. BEST has training and certification courses that cover all electronic components including, SMT and BGAs.

With BEST, tech firms get Kentucky solder training that can be designed to fit their individual needs and instruction can be provided in a range of different formats. We have instructors and places for solder training in neighboring Tennessee as well as a mobile training center which can come to your location. Get in touch with the team from BEST to get more information about the courses and certifications that are available.

Iowa Solder Training and Certification

Iowa is a state with a robust and diverse economy (anon on of the “filtering” states for helping us to choose new presidents). For many people that are not familiar with the state, they assume that farming is the primary economic driver. While farming may be an important part of Iowa’s economy, it is really only one piece of a much larger picture that includes advanced manufacturing, biotechnology and renewable energy.

In recent years, one of the fastest growing sectors in the economy has been the tech industry (with a great degree of emphasis on electronics). With Iowa being a particularly business friendly state, it has attracted millions of dollars in investment from some of the leading names in tech. Iowa attracts interest from information and technology businesses because it offers a low cost environment, strong infrastructure, and a workforce that is well-educated.

To stay competitive, the state government and the business community will need to continue to work and provide this attractive environment. Keeping the cost of business low, and providing great opportunities for investment will help, but an attractive workforce with advanced skills like Iowa solder training, will always be a key factor to keep the state’s economy growing.

Electronics manufacturing is a skill that is in high demand in the modern manufacturing sector. With that being the case, many of the technical firms in the state will need Iowa solder training for their employees. With the soldering instruction team at BEST, employers get professional training opportunities to ensure that their staff has the skills that attract investment.

BEST has been serving the state of Iowa, and much of the country, for training courses that cover everything from IPC-A-610 to SMT and more. Training can be provided at one the many BEST training centers, or clients can request on-site services with the BEST mobile training center. Contact BEST for an Iowa solder training program that is both effective and versatile.

North Carolina Solder Training

North Carolina industry consists of a wide range of small, medium and large companies engaged in a variety of manufacturing activities, including food processing, textiles, health care and others. North Carolina has attracted the likes of Apple, Google, and Facebook. North Carolina is also becoming known as a computer data center corridor is paying off with companies like Apple, Google and Facebook all opening centers here in North Carolina.

North Carolina’s technology focus has been in aerospace, aviation and defense. Companies such as GE Aviation, Genral Dynamic, Goodruich and Lockheed Martin and Boeing all have facilities in North Carolina. More than 180 aerospace companies are engaged in manufacturing in North Carolina

BEST  has been serving the North Carolina  solder training market either from its North Carolina location or Alabama locations or by bringing its mobile solder training classroom to the customers in North Carolina. In addition, BEST certified master instructors make their way down to North Carolina.

JSTD-001 certification training , IPC-A610 certification training, IPC-A-620- certification training  and IPC-7711/21 training is available through North Carolina from BEST Inc.

Georgia Solder Training

Georgia is home to a diverse group of technology companies including Boeing, Gulfstream, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney, Thrush and Triumph Aerostructures who are just a few of the many OEMs with manufacturing operations in Georgia.  TIMCO Aviation Services, StandardAero, and the U.S. Air Force also have major MRO operations in the state. In year 2009, Fortune 500 Technology company NCR moved over 3,000 new jobs in to the Atlanta area. They also announced that its headquarters will be moving to Georgia

EMS activity is diverse in Georgia with the workforce supporting the likes of Clover, Spectral Response and others. Approximately 6% of the manufacturing base in Georgia supports the various electronics companies.

Georgia industry consists of a wide range of small, medium and large companies engaged in a variety of manufacturing activities, including food processing, textiles, metal products and transportation equipment.

BEST  has been serving the Georgia solder training market either from its North Carolina location or Alabama locations or by bringing its mobile solder training classroom to the customer in Georgia. In addition, BEST certified master instructors make their way down to Georgia.

JSTD-001 certification training , IPC-A610 certification training, IPC-A-620- certification training  and IPC-7711/21 training is available through Georgia from BEST Inc.