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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

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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

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.

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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.

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IPC 610 Class

How the IPC Certification Program Works

IPC-A-610 Training and Certification program has two tiers of instruction. Certified IPC Trainer candidates are sent by their parent companies to receive intensive training on the IPC-A-610 from an IPC authorized certification center. Candidates are certified once they complete their course of study and pass the certification examinations. 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. Certified IPC Trainers are provided instructional materials for training Application Specialist in a modular training program. Certified IPC Trainers are considered certified for two years after the course completion date. They must then re-certify at an IPC authorized certification site.

Instructor Training Course Topics

  • Establishing and maintaining integrity of the certification program
  • Purpose and application of IPC-A-610
  • Hardware installation
  • Soldering criteria, including lead free connections
  • Soldered requirements for connecting to terminals
  • Soldered connection requirements for plated-through holes
  • Surface mounting criteria for chip components, leadless and leaded chip carriers
  • Swaged hardware and heatsink requirements of mechanical assemblies
  • 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 others
  • Criteria for component damage, laminate conditions, cleaning and coating
  • Steps to effectively using the lesson plan and materials, tips on inspection and a review of important Certified IPC Trainer skills

 

Who Should Become a Certified Trainer

Anyone responsible for the quality and reliability of electronic assemblies should consider becoming an IPC-A-610 Certified IPC Trainer. Trainers and quality supervisors versed in electronic assembly are excellent candidates for A-610 training, as are engineering and manufacturing supervisors with assembly responsibilities.“An excellent course of study on an excellent document… My students were nervous about testing, but we have had high pass rates and a lot of personal satisfaction gained from participating in the training. Without question, the greatest strength of the program is its relevance: it is used by our operators every day. The program has given the entire facility a much higher level of common knowledge about terminology and important concepts.

~ Bernie Schaeffer, Kimball Electronics Group

Program Benefits

The IPC-A-610 Training and Certification Program offers those interested in company-wide quality assurance initiatives in an industry traceable, IPC-sponsored program to support their commitment to continuous improvement of product quality and reliability. The program provides individuals with a portable credential that represents their understanding of the IPC-A-610.

All IPC-A-610 Certified IPC Trainers receive materials for participating in the A-610 training as well as instructional materials for conducting the Modular Application Specialist training. The modular approach lets users control cost by tailoring training to the specific needs of their work force.

These include:

  • A CD-ROM with full color teaching visuals illustrating every aspect of the IPC-A-610 document and training information, and all reports and forms required for conducting Application Specialist training
  • An Instructor Guide, providing complete instructions for conducting the Application Specialist training and testing
  • IPC-A-610D Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies and IPC-T-50 Terms and Definitions for Interconnecting and Packaging Electronic Circuits
  • Open and closed book Application Specialist Written Examinations
  • IPC certificate of course completion

Application Specialist training materials, including official, serialized IPC certificates, may be purchased from IPC only by Certified IPC Trainers and the companies they represent. Certified IPC Trainers may teach the course at any location and to any audience and may set a training fee, if applicable.

The term for an IPC-A-610 Certified IPC Trainer is two years. Re-certification training is conducted at the IPC Licensed Certification Centers.

For more information on IPC classes and mobile training opportunities, please contact BEST at http://www.solder.net