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4 Things to Consider Before Enrolling in IPC Certification Classes

Tue, Mar 08, 2022 at 9:00AM

4 Things to Consider Before Enrolling in IPC Certification Classes

Within the electronic manufacturing industry, most companies will require their employees to be IPC certified in one or more disciplines depending on their daily tasks.  From soldering to rework & repair and inspection, IPC offers training courses to help enhance the skillsets of those in the workforce.  Let’s look at 4 things to consider before enrolling in IPC certification classes.

Identify Which Course to Take to Take

Though IPC offers a wide selection of courses, it is not necessary to become certified in all of them.  Two main factors that determine which course you will need are the type of work you do for a company, and what the customer’s contract state in regards to operators being certified to a certain standard to perform the job. Here are some examples of IPC courses to take depending on your position.

  • IPC-A-610= Candidates for this course are electronic assemblers, quality inspectors, quality auditors, and quality engineers.
  • J-STD-001 = Candidates for this course are electronic assemblers who utilize any of the soldering methods taught in this standard.
  • IPC/WHMA-A-620=Candidates for this training include in-process quality inspectors, incoming quality inspectors, assembly technicians, and wire and cable harness fabricators.
  • IPC-7711/7721= Candidates for this training include rework & repair technicians, test technicians, and service technicians.

Certification Level

As you are inquiring to take IPC courses, it is important to know the certification level.  The two main certification levels we offer at EEI are CIS and CIT.

  • CIT or Certified IPC Trainer level is for individuals who will become internal trainers at a company to certify & re-certify production operators as a CIS.
  • CIS of Certified IPC Specialist is usually obtained by production operators, and other individuals who do not plan on becoming a trainer.

Certification Type

There are different ways students can become certified.  The full certification option means if you are taking a specific standard for the first time or never obtained an IPC certification.  As a general rule, IPC certifications are valid for only two years and then the student will need to renew their certification.  One option of renewing is to take a re-certification course in which students will receive a lecture before taking the exam. Another option is challenging or testing out.  Students do not receive a lecture, but they will come in to complete all exams and workmanship within the day.

Location of Training

Aside from holding classes at our facility, we can accommodate our students by providing on-site training.  For on-site training the instructor travels to the customer’s location to conduct the class.  Whether at our location in Clearwater, FL or on-site, EEI will provide an exceptional training experience for our students.

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