IPC/WHMA-A-620 Training and Certification Program

The A-620 Technical Training Committee has approved release of IPC/WHMA-A-620B training programs. Certification is not revision specific. Currently certified IPC/WHMA-A-620 CITs may purchase the Revision B course materials from IPC or from your preferred A-620 IPC Authorized Training Center.


Optional Hands-on Training Now Available

The A-620 Technical Training Committee has developed this optional hands-on training as a suggested method to help users become familiar with the basics of cable and wire harness fabrication. This course is suitable for both CIT and CIS training. Download the course materials.

Translated Training Materials

Translated training materials for this program are available. Additional languages are continuously being added.

Targeting Excellence in Cable and Wire Harness Manufacturing

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

IPC/WHMA-A-620, Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies, now at Revision B published October 2012, is the first industry consensus standard for cable and wire harness fabrication and installation. Classes of products are defined and include criteria for Target, Acceptable, Process Indicator and Defect conditions to support the collection of visual quality acceptability requirements for each class. These criteria are supported by 682 full-color illustrations.

Revision B, developed during a six-year process by members from user and supplier companies, represents a consensus among industry leaders. The IPC Wire Harness Acceptability Task Group of the Product Assurance Committee and the Wire Harness Manufacturers' Association Industry Technical Guidelines Committee prepared this standard.

IPC/WHMA-A-620 describes acceptability criteria for crimped, mechanically secured and soldered interconnection and the corresponding lacing/restraining criteria associated with cable and harness assemblies.

An industry developed and approved program that includes training, certification and instructional materials based on the IPC/WHMA-A-620B is available to your company. Thousands of individuals have been trained to be IPC/WHMA-A-620 Certified IPC Trainers (CIT). A comprehensive and technically accurate program, IPC/WHMA-A-620 Training and Certification provides Certified IPC Trainers with high quality materials and detailed instructional plans that have been used for training Certified IPC Application Specialists (CIS) at all levels, including buyers, sales teams and management. More than 20,000 A-620 Application Specialists have been trained.

Program Benefits

Certification demonstrates commitment to customer requirements and greatly facilitates certification to ISO Certification or other quality assurance initiatives. By having earned this portable credential, you'll receive immediate recognition, legitimacy and value throughout the electronics industry.

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How the IPC/WHMA-A-620 Certification Program Works

The IPC/WHMA-A-620 training and certification program has two tiers of instruction. Certified IPC Trainer candidates are sent by their parent companies to receive intensive training and are then certified to provide Application Specialist training.

  • Certified IPC Trainers will participate in a week-long program that has 29 instructional hours. An optional eight hour hands-on course is available.
  • Application Specialist training is modular and training/certification can be limited to the topics specific to an individual’s work requirements.

Download the A-620B course synopsis (schedule format) (.pdf).

All IPC/WHMA-A-620 Certified IPC Trainers receive instructional materials for conducting Application Specialist training. These include:

  • A CD-ROM with nearly 800 full color teaching visuals illustrating every aspect of the IPC/WHMA-A-620B 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
  • The IPC/WHMA-A-620B Requirements and Acceptance of Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies
  • Open Application Specialist Written Examinations
  • IPC certificate of course completion

Application Specialist training materials, including 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 set a training fee, if applicable.

The term for an IPC/WHMA-A-620 certification is two years. Instructor certification and re-certification training is conducted primarily at IPC Authorized Training Centers but may be conducted by the training center at company facilities.

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Some WHMA-A-620 Instructor Training Course Topics

  • Cable and wire dimensioning, tolerances and preparation
  • Crimp terminations:
    • Stamped and formed contacts
    • Machined Contacts
  • Insulation displacement connections
  • Ultrasonic welding
  • Soldered terminations
  • Splices
  • Connectorization
  • Molding and potting
  • Marking and labeling
  • Co-ax and twin-ax assembly
  • Wire bundle securing
  • Shielding
  • Installation
  • Wire wrap (solderless)
  • Testing of Cable/Wire Harness Assemblies

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Authorized Training Centers

The organizations listed below have been licensed to provide the IPC/WHMA-A-620 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, e-mail certification@ipc.org or contact IPC at +1 847-597-2802.

Asia Pacific & Australia

Australia SMCBA Training Centre Malvern East Vic Australia
IPC China Shanghai China
IPC Technology Consulting Pvt Ltd Jayanagar, Bangalore India
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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HYTEK Aalborg Denmark
Skaanning Quality & Certification -SQC Rungsted Kyst Denmark
Tallinn Polytechnic School Tallinn Estonia
IFTEC Bourg-La-Reine France
Microniks Europe Bayonne France
FED-Fachverband Elektronik Design e.V. Berlin Germany
Fraunhofer IZM (ZVE) Weßling Germany
A. A. Training Consulting and Trade A.G. Ltd. Shoham Israel
PIEK International Education Centre (L.E.C.) BV AC Heerlen Netherlands
Renex Electronics Education Center Wloclawek Poland
Consultronica, S.L. Madrid Spain
Prodel AB Karlskoga Sweden
DNZ Ltd. Ankara Turkey
Impact Centre for Training & Staffing Blackwood, Gwent 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
EPTAC Corporation Anaheim Training Center 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
BEST Inc. Rolling Meadows IL USA
EPTAC Corporation Illinois Training Center Schaumburg IL USA
EPTAC Corporation Boston Training Center Boston MA USA
Circuit technology Inc - Baltmore Reisterstown 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
EPTAC Corporation Buffalo Training Center Buffalo NY USA
EPTAC Corporation Rochester Training Center Rochester NY USA
AP Solutions, Inc. Cleveland OH USA
TE Connectivity Harrisburg 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
EPTAC Corporation of Canada Markham ON Canada
Circuit technology Inc - San Juan Alajuela Alajuela Costa Rica
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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