IPC-A-600 Acceptability of Printed Boards Training and Certification Program

IPC-A-600J CIT (Trainer)

For years, IPC-A-600 has set the standard for PCB workmanship quality with its comprehensive acceptance criteria for target, acceptable and nonconforming conditions on bare printed boards. PCB manufacturers and assemblers alike rely on this internationally recognized document to improve their understanding of printed board quality issues as well as help enhance communication with their suppliers and customers. This makes IPC-A-600 one of the most widely used standards ever published by IPC, and a natural choice for certification.

| Instruction

Certified IPC Trainer (CIT) training provides expanded information and materials to prepare individuals to deliver Certified IPC Application Specialist (CIS) training. Trainers and quality supervisors are excellent candidates for instructor training, as are engineering and manufacturing supervisors. Course fee covers: classroom training and an exam, certification and comprehensive materials for preparing and delivering CIS training.

| Why earn IPC-A-600 certification?

Certification in this industry-developed and approved IPC program helps build your employees’ understanding of critical quality assurance/visual acceptance criteria for unpopulated printed circuit boards. In addition, it shows your customers that your company is committed to continuous improvement of its operations and product quality. The CIT and CIS program provides individuals with a portable credential that represents their understanding of IPC-A-600.

| Pre-requisites to become an IPC-A-600 Trainer:

    • Qualification: BE with 6 years industry experience or a Technical Engineering Diploma with 10 Years Experience.
    • If participant is already a certified IPC trainer for any other course of IPC, the same needs to be mentioned.
    • Once registered for the chosen course, participant will be interviewed to gauge his/her suitability (Communication skills included) to become a certified trainer.
    • Only on clearing the interview and making Course Fee payment, participant can attend the course on next scheduled dates.
    • Participant must pass the Exam of the course to get certified.
    • If fails in the test, he/she will be allowed to take retest at applicable charges.
    • If the participant fails in retest also, he/she needs to apply afresh and has to pay the course fees once again.
    • On passing the test, participant becomes a “Certified IPC Trainer” (CIT) of the course.
    • This certificate is valid for a period of Two Years.
    • To get re-certified, CIT needs to take a challenge test at 50% of original price before the validity date expires.
    • Re-certification extends the validity for two more years.
    • Upon successful certification, Participants need to sign a CIT agreement with IPC India.


| Training Modules

CIT training prepares the instructor to teach all of the CIT modules.

    • Printed board product classifications and acceptance criteria.
    • Base material surface and subsurface conditions, such as measling/crazing.
    • Solder resist coverage over conductors and registration to lands.
    • Conductor width and spacing and annular ring requirements.
    • Dielectric material criteria for etchback, voids and resin recession.
    • Plated-through hole requirements for copper plating thickness, voids, nodules and cracks.
    • Acceptance criteria for flexible, rigid-flex and metal core printed boards.


| CIT Programs Extras

To help assure CIT candidates’ future success as trainers, the CIT program also includes:

    • How to establish and maintain the integrity of the certification program.
    • Steps to effectively use the lesson plan and materials.
    • Tips on inspection.
    • Essential trainer skills.
Training materials provided to CITs include:
    • Instructor guide with lesson plans, reference material and training guidance.
    • A printed board sample showing external characteristics, such as conductor width, conductor spacing, annular ring and solder resist registration.
    • A copy of IPC-A-600, Acceptability of Printed Boards, plus IPC-A-6012, Qualification and Performance Specification for Rigid Printed Boards.
    • Written tests with answer keys.
    • A CD-ROM with visual aids and electronic copies of training-support forms.
Make an investment in continuous improvement and quality enhancement today — with the IPC-A-600, Acceptability of Printed Boards Training and Certification Program!