Wire Harness Assembly FAQs
Who should take this course?

This course is ideal for students and operators new to the electronics industry, as well as current operators, technicians, and other staff that need to learn or review the fundamental aspects.

How much do I need to know before taking this course?

No previous knowledge is required. An engaging combination of videos, illustrations, audio narration, interactive activities, and practice quizzes make every concept and process easy to understand and master.

How is this course structured?

This course is comprised of 14 training modules. The first seven modules are mandatory and cover topics the industry determined are critical for every wire harness operator. These include safety, documentation, materials and components, tools and equipment, wire preparation and processing, and inspection and testing. The second set are optional and focus on specific job tasks such as crimped and soldered terminations, splicing, connectors, labeling, securing and coverings, and finished assembly. 

How is the course presented?

This course is offered in self-paced and instructor-led versions. Both versions are accessed via the IPC Edge Learning Management System. Participants in the self-paced version can complete the course at their own pace. However, organizations may set completion deadlines, as well as monitor the progress of the participants they register for a course. Instructors can stream course materials at any time for presentation to a group of participants in a classroom setting. Participants receive access to the same version of the course to take assessments. The instructor may also elect to have participants follow along with the lesson. 

How long do I have to complete this course?

Course licenses are good for 1 year from the date of purchase. Participants have access to the course content 24 hours a day for a period of 90 days from the date of enrollment. For example, if you purchase one or more licenses on February 18, 2021, they will expire on February 18, 2022. If you use those licenses to enroll you or your students on April 10, 2021, both instructors and students will have to complete the course by July 10, 2021.   

Do I need to purchase any other materials?

No. All the materials required to complete the course objectives are included.

Can I track training progress?

Absolutely. The IPC Edge Learning Management System allows self-paced students to keep track of their progress throughout the course. Course instructors and designated organization administrators can do the same for their groups of participants.

Can I get help with the implementation of training and the measurement of results?

Yes. An IPC Learning Advisor can help you identify and tailor the implementation of IPC learning solutions to fit the needs of the learners in your organization. Experienced Learning Advisors are also available to help you measure the impact of IPC training programs in your organization. 

Do I have to be a Certified IPC Trainer (CIT) to present the instructor-led version of this course?

Yes. Instructors must be a current CIT in good standing to present the instructor-led version of this course. The CIT can be certified to any IPC standard to qualify to teach the course.

Is an instructor-guide included with this course?

Yes. The instructor guide consists of a detailed description of the course contents, including optional hands-on activities that help reinforce learning. Instructors are responsible for achieving proficiency in the content and its delivery.

Does this course include a final exam?

Yes. Upon completion of the mandatory modules (modules 1-7) participants are prompted to take an exam designed to assess their comprehension of the subject matter. The final exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions and must be completed within a 90-minute period. Participants who attain the 80% passing score can download their Qualified IPC Wire Harness Assembly Operator Certificate directly from their online course dashboard. Students may attempt the exam up to three (3) times. Please note that a third and final attempt is permitted after 24 hours of the second attempt.

Do I receive a credential upon successful completion of this course?

Yes. Participants who attain the 80% passing score on the final exam can download their Qualified IPC Wire Harness Assembly Operator Certificate directly from their online course dashboard. The final exam covers the mandatory modules (modules 1-7). The title of each completed module appears on your certificate, so make sure to re-download your updated certificate if you complete optional modules at a later date. Qualified IPC Wire Harness Assembly Operator Certificates are serialized with a unique ID number that can be utilized for validation.

How do I register for this course?

You can register online or request a quote if you would like to pay with a purchase order. You must be a CIT to purchase the instructor-led version of the course. CIT’s can purchase licenses for each of their students and assign those licenses to each student when they are ready to present the course. Licenses are good for 365 days from the date of purchase. Instructors and students will have access to the course for 90 days from the date of enrollment. 

How do I access this course?

You can access your IPC course from most devices with an Internet connection. Upon enrollment, you will receive an email with a link and instructions on how to access the course in the IPC EDGE Learning Management System.

Do I receive Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for completing this course?

Yes. Participants will receive 14 PDHs for completing the seven mandatory modules and 2 PDHs for completing each additional optional module. The total number of PDHs awarded are printed on a participant’s Qualified IPC Wire Harness Assembly Operator Certificate.

Does this course take the place of the IPC/WHMA-A-620 Certified IPC Specialist (CIS) program?

No. The Wire Harness Assembly for Operators course is designed to help individuals acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) required to assemble printed circuit boards to industry-approved levels of proficiency. In contrast, standards-based certification programs such as IPC-A-620 Certified IPC Specialist (CIS) are designed to measure an individual’s understanding of the criteria in the standard. The educational portion of standards-based programs are designed to review content with which participants are already familiar and prepare them to take the certification exam. In other words, participants of standards-based certification programs should already know the terms, concepts, processes, and materials discussed in an introductory course such as Wire Harness Assembly for Operators.

Will this course prepare me to take the IPC/WHMA-A-620 for Operators course?

Yes. The Wire Harness Assembly for Operators course is a prerequisite for the IPC/WHMA-A 620 for Operators course. This brief 6 to 8-hour course introduces participants to the terms, concepts, and acceptability criteria of the IPC/WHMA-A-620 standard as it applies to the role of the operators, technicians, and other assembly line staff. Individuals who successfully complete the course receive a serialized certificate of completion with a unique ID number that can be utilized for validation.

NOTE: This is NOT the IPC/WHMA-A-620 Certified IPC Specialist (CIS) program. CIS certification programs are designed to review and measure a participant’s ability to navigate and apply the criteria in a given standard.  The IPC/WHMA-A 620 for Operators course is designed for operators, technicians, and other assembly line staff that need to acquire the knowledge and skills required to effectively locate and apply the criteria stipulated in WHMA/IPC 620 Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies.

What platforms and devices can I use to view IPC online courses?

Participants can access their course from any laptop, desktop, tablet, or mobile phone with an Internet connection. The IPC EDGE Learning Management System supports the latest versions of Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Explorer, and Microsoft Edge.