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What Is the Difference Between CIS and CIT Levels of Certification?

Tue, Jul 13, 2021 at 10:00AM

What Is the Difference Between CIS and CIT Levels of Certification?

IPC provides a wide range of certifications for companies to benefit from.  From solder certification to rework & repair, production staff have the necessary tools to succeed in their careers.  IPC offers several certification levels for the available standards.  In this article we will cover the two common levels, which are CIS and CIT.

What Is A CIS Certification Level?

CIS stands for Certified IPC Specialist, and is defined as an individual who can exhibit their knowledge of a certain standard to Class 1, 2, and 3 products. The CIS level is considered a basic certification level which is mostly obtained by production operators, inspectors, some engineers, and individuals who are seeking employment. At EEI, we commonly have a multitude of students who become CIS certified in IPC-A-610 and J-STD-001. Obtaining a CIS certification in both IPC standards is common due to its wide-spread use throughout the industry.

What Is A CIT Certification Level?

CIT is an acronym for Certified IPC Trainer. Individuals with this credential to any of the IPC standards have the authority to train and certify students obtaining a CIS certification. The CIT certification is popular amongst larger companies. Normally, the company will select one or two employees to become CIT certified in a specific standard. Once certified, the trainer (s) will be able to certify operators at the company.

Differences between CIS & CIT Levels of Certification

Even though the information taught in class almost the same, there are differences when obtaining CIS or CIT level of certification.  Some differences include:

  • CIS students have open book exams each day they are in class. CIT students take an open and closed book on the last day of class.
  • CIS students have fewer requirements than CIT students when it comes to certification renewal.
  • CITs must know how to set-up a class and use IPC Edge.

For more information on CIS and CIT certification levels and to find which one is right for you, please contact Training Center Coordinator, Jessica Wilson, at jwilson@eeimfg.com.

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