IPC-A-610 Acceptability of Electronics Assemblies Training and Certification Program

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Targeting Excellence in Electronics Assembly

Support for Lead Free and Modular Training at the Application Level!

IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies is the most widely used standard published by the IPC. With multiple language versions, it has an international reputation as the source for end product acceptance criteria for consumer and high reliability printed wiring assemblies.

An industry developed and approved program that includes training, certification and instructional materials based on the IPC-A-610 is available to your company. This certification will demonstrate your commitment to customer requirements and greatly assists any company dedicated to ISO-9000 or other quality assurance initiatives.

This training and certification has immediate recognition, legitimacy and value throughout the electronics industry. Thousands of individuals have been trained to be IPC-A-610 Certified IPC Trainers. A comprehensive and technically accurate program, IPC-A-610 Training and Certification provides Certified IPC Trainers with high quality materials and detailed instructional plans for training Application Specialists at all levels, including buyers, sales teams and management.

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

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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.

Download the course synopsis (schedule format) (.pdf).

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-610E 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.

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How to Register for Instructor Training

The organizations listed have been licensed to provide the IPC-A-610 Training and Certification program. Centers operate independently and set their own course schedules and fees. To register for the program, contact a training center. For program information, email certification@ipc.org or contact IPC at +1 847-597-2802.

Approved IPC-A-610 Training and Certification Centers

Contact any of the IPC Licensed IPC-A-610 Certification Centers listed below for course locations, times and fees.

Asia Pacific & Australia

Australia SMCBA Training Centre Malvern East Vic Australia
Microtek Laboratories - Changzhou Xinbeiqu Changzhou China
IPC China Shanghai China
IPC Technology Consulting Pvt Ltd Jayanagar, Bangalore India
Celestica Japan K.K. Miyagi Japan
Blackfox Training Institute-Penang Penang Malaysia
Asian Centre for Aerospace Singapore Singapore
I-SAC Electronic Co., Ltd. Anyang-City, Kyunggi-Do South Korea

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Europe/Africa

PBT Rozv P.R, s.r.o. Roznov pod Radhostem Czech Republic
HYTEK Aalborg Denmark
Skaanning Quality & Certification -SQC Rungsted Kyst Denmark
Tallinn Polytechnic School Tallinn Estonia
Microniks Europe Bayonne France
IFTEC Bourg-La-Reine France
Balver Zinn, Josef Jost GmbH & Co. KG Balve Germany
FED-Fachverband Elektronik Design e.V. Berlin Germany
Fraunhofer IZM (ZVE) Weßling Germany
Elas Kft. Budapest Hungary
Microsolder Kft. Budapest Hungary
Atek Training Services Ltd. Killaloe Ireland
A. A. Training Consulting and Trade A.G. Ltd. Shoham Israel
Istituto Italiano della Saldatura Genova Italy
PIEK International Education Centre (L.E.C.) BV AC Heerlen Netherlands
Renex Electronics Education Center Wloclawek Poland
L&G Advice Serv SRL Bucharest Romania
NKOKA Training CC Centurion South Africa
Consultronica, S.L. Madrid Spain
Prodel AB Karlskoga Sweden
Scanditron Sverige AB Spanga Sweden
DNZ Ltd. Ankara Turkey
Impact Centre for Training & Staffing Blackwood, Gwent United Kingdom
BAE Systems Fife, Scotland United Kingdom
Advanced Rework Technology-A.R.T Chelmsford United Kingdom
Solder School Technology Glenrothes, Fife United Kingdom
Electronics Yorkshire Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom

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North America

STI Electronics, Inc. Madison AL USA
Blackfox Training Institute-Tempe Tempe AZ USA
Microtek Laboratories - Anaheim Anaheim CA USA
EPTAC Corporation San Diego Training Center Carlsbad CA USA
Omni Training Corp. Rancho Cucamonga CA USA
STM - Service To Mankind San Jose CA USA
Blackfox Training Institute Longmont CO USA
EPTAC Corporation Connecticut Training Center Watertown CT USA
EEI Manufacturing Services Clearwater FL USA
Justice Electronic Training Services Orlando FL USA
EPTAC Corporation Florida Training Center Palm Bay FL USA
Advanced Soldering Institute, LLC Idaho Falls ID USA
BEST Inc. Rolling Meadows IL USA
NASA Manufacturing Technology Transfer Center (NMTTC) Honeywell Columbia MD USA
EPTAC Corporation Minnesota Training Center Rosemount MN USA
Circuit technology Inc. Holly Springs NC USA
EPTAC Corporation Manchester NH USA
TCS-Training & Certification Specialists Milford NH USA
Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque NM USA
AP Solutions, Inc. Cleveland OH USA
Technical Training Center Aston PA USA
Conformance Technologies, Inc. Monroeville PA USA
ACI/EMPF Philadelphia PA USA
ACME Training & Consulting Rapid City SD USA
Verion Training Systems, LLC Dallas TX USA
Verion Training Systems-Austin Austin TX USA
Verion Training Systems-Sugarland Sugarland TX USA
Soldering.Biz Vancouver WA USA
Madison Area Technical College-Truax Campus Madison WI USA
EPTAC Corporation of Canada Markham ON Canada
Celestica Toronto ON Canada
TEKTRO Enr Pierrefonds QC Canada
Blackfox Training Institute-Guadalajara Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico
Owen-GL Circuit Technology S.C. Col. Ciudad Granja Jalisco Mexico
Dalus, S.A. de C.V. Apodaca Nuevo Leon Mexico

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