The IPC-A-610, The Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies is the most widely used standard published by the IPC, with an international reputation as the source for end product acceptance criteria for consumer and high reliability printed wiring assemblies. An industry-consensus program that includes training, certification and instructional materials based on the IPC-A-610 is available to your company. This certification will demonstrate your commitment to customer requirements and greatly assists any company dedicated to ISO-9000 or other quality assurance initiatives.
This training and certification has immediate recognition, legitimacy and value throughout the electronics industry. Over 3,000 individuals have been trained and certified as IPC-A-610 Registered Instructors in the first five years of the program. A comprehensive and technically accurate program, the IPC-A-610 Training and Certification provides instructors with high quality materials and detailed instructional plans for training operators.
The IPC-A-610 Training and Certification program has two tiers of instruction. Registered Instructor candidates are sent by their parent companies to receive intensive training on the IPC-A-610 from STM, an IPC-approved certification center, or STM can come to your site. Candidates are certified once they complete their course of study and pass the certification examination. Registered Instructors are provided instructional materials for training workers in a twenty hour Worker Proficiency training program. Registered Instructors are considered certified for two years after the course completion date. They must then re-certify.
Role and responsibilities of Class "A" Instructors
Criteria for acceptable laminate conditions
Soldered connection requirements for plated-through holes
Surface mounting criteria for chip components, leadless and leaded chip carriers
Swaged hardware, and heatsink requirements of mechanical assemblies
Component mounting criteria for DIPS, socket pins, and card edge connectors
Discrete wiring assembly requirements
Solder fillet dimensional criteria for all major SMT component groups
SMT Soldering anomalies, such as tombstoning, dewetting, etc
Steps to effectively using the lesson plan and materials, tips on inspection and a review of important instructor skills
Anyone responsible for the quality and reliability of electronic assemblies should consider becoming an IPC-A-610 Registered Instructor. Trainers and quality supervisors versed in electronic assembly are excellent candidates for Registered Instructor training, as are engineering and manufacturing supervisors with assembly responsibilities.
"An excellent course of study on an excellent document... My students were nervous about testing, but we have had high pass rates and a lot of personal satisfaction gained from participating in the training. Without question, the greatest strength of the program is its relevance: it is used by our operators every day. The program has given the entire facility a much higher level of common knowledge about terminology and important concepts." ~ Bernie Schaeffer, Kimball Electronics Group
The IPC-A-610 Training and Certification Program offers those interested in company-wide quality assurance initiatives an IPC-sponsored program to support their commitment to continuous improvement of product quality and reliability. The program provides individuals with a portable credential that recognizes their understanding of the IPC-A-610. All IPC-A-610 Registered Instructors receive materials for participating in the class as well as instructional materials for conducting Worker Proficiency training.
Over 600 color, teaching visuals on CD-Rom illustrating every aspect of the IPC-A-610 document and training information
An Instructor Guide, providing complete instructions for conducting the Worker Proficiency training and testing.
An IPC-A-610 Registered Instructor Student Handbook
The IPC-A-610 The Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies and the IPC-T-50 Terms and Definitions for Interconnecting and Packaging Electronic Circuits
An open and closed book Worker Proficiency Exam Kit
Worker Proficiency training materials not included in the Registered Instructor course, such as the Worker Proficiency Student Handbooks and Certificates of Course Completion, can be purchased from IPC only by Registered Instructors.
After a CIT successfully completes the course and gains a certification, then the CIT may return to his/her company and is authorized to teach/certify coworkers to the CIS level.