IPC-A-610 Certified IPC Specialist (CIS)
Training and Certification Program
“Operator Acceptability Of Electronic Assemblies”
The education and training goal of this program is to improve individual “discrimination” skills; that is, to improve accuracy of discrimination between “acceptable” or “unacceptable” electronic assembly per the IPC-A-610 series. This program will also teach individuals the reasons for the accept/reject criteria to enhance their motivation and ability to consistently and correctly apply the discrimination criteria.
IPC certification demonstrates a commitment to customer requirements and greatly assists companies dedicated to ISO-9000 or other quality assurance initiatives.
The three major benefits of receiving or renewing IPC certification in electronic assemblies and inspection include:
1.) Building Consistent Products
Consistency is key to profitability and industry success. Maintaining IPC certification in visual inspection of electronic assemblies provides guidelines and standards for the efficient production of a consistent product. Consistency in manufacturing methods and final product specifications has a direct and positive correlation to consumer satisfaction and repeat business.
In terms of industry compliance, failure to follow the most widely accepted set of IPC standards results in a “massive duplication of effort costing the industry millions of man hours in waste and creating industry chaos and global non-standardization.” An organization’s level of internal consistency should mirror industry best practices to guarantee optimal production symmetry and cooperation.
2.) Improving Cross-Channel Communications
Miscommunication can lead to inconsistency and delayed production. In the OEM and EMS industry, it is crucial that vendors and manufacturers use the same terminology and practice the same standards. IPC certification ensures that this is the case. Employees and managers from all sides of supply channels confirm the benefits of IPC certification in cross-channel communication and attribute their success, in large part, to speaking the same language. When cross-channel interactions are streamlined, overall production time and coordination is improved.
3.) Reducing Costs
When a company is able to produce consistently and streamline cross-channel communications and interactions, what follows is a natural reduction in production costs.
The requirements laid out in IPC-A-610 and J-STD-001 courses ensure that each product, at each stage in the assembly line and process, is evaluated and serviced under the same scrutiny as others. This will not only reduce costs by decreasing the number of rebuilds and reworks, but also improve production time. These certifications ensure that your operation employs a higher standard of quality control.
After receiving or renewing your IPC certifications, you’ll find that your ability to efficiently produce a consistent, high-quality product, and communicate with other vendors/manufacturers in your supply chain, becomes significantly simpler. These certifications not only enable your company to become a trusted provider within the industry, but also allow for future business growth.
Upon satisfactory completion of this course:
Students will be able to make correct “accept/reject” decisions for the appropriate class/classes of production based on the acceptability requirements of IPC-A-610.
Successfully pass written exams with a 70% or better average score on the open and closed book exam
Module 1 – Introduction/IPC Professional Policies and Procedures, Foreward, Applicable Documents, & Handling
Module 2 – Hardware Installation
Module 3 – Soldering (Including High Voltage)
Module 4 – Terminal Connections
Module 5 – Through Hole Technology (Including TH Jumper Wires)
Module 6 – Surface Mount Assemblies (Including SMT Jumper Wires)
Module 7 – Component Damage and Printed Circuit Boards and Assemblies
Module 8 – Solderless Wire Wrap