IPC-CID Training and Certification Program

Certified Interconnect Designer (Basic)

This professional development program provides objective evaluation of core competencies in PCB design, based upon industry standards rather than specifications of just one company. Courses enhance and assess technical knowledge: how to transform an electrical circuit description into a PCB design that can be manufactured, assembled and tested.

CID (Certified Interconnect Designer-Basic) (required before Taking CID+) and CID+ (Advanced), are valuable technical education programs with significant benefit for PCB designers with at least 2 years of hands-on experience. Because Designer Certification builds a foundation in design decision-making and practical application of IPC standards, the program is open to all engineering staff and managers with interest in design: Sales, Purchasing, R&D, Quality, and Test.

| Who can take the course?

IPC Designer Certification is not just for designers. Many professionals in supporting industries are being certified: electrical and mechanical engineers, PCB fabrication engineers, assembly techs, manufacturing engineers and parts engineers. Certification can be a valuable step in a person's career. Earning your CID or CID+ is a great way to be recognized for understanding the standards behind electronic design and manufacturing.

| CID sessions include:

The Designer Certification program is offered through IPC-licensed training centers all over the world.

    • Independent study of course materials prior to session is expected — Allow three weeks before taking the course.
    • Two full days of classroom instruction led by an IPC - Qualified Instructor.
    • One Day for exam with 100+ multiple-choice questions — score of 73% or better required for Certified status.
    • Typical sessions are from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM IST.

| Designer Certification Registration Fee includes:

    • All course materials, Shipped to student.
    • Two full days of classroom session led by an IPC-qualified Instructor.
    • Exam session and individual consultation with Instructor.
    • Certificate
    • Verification of Certified status — See the List of Certified Designers
            There is NO need to purchase any documents separately.

Cancellations for registrations will not be refunded once materials are shipped. Students may work with their training center to transfer to another session.

NOTE: Students who do not feel prepared to take the exam immediately after the classroom instruction may choose to test at a later date, but testing must be proctored at a training center.

| Course session for your team

Course sessions may be customized to organization needs, but the minimum time required is two full days of classroom instruction plus one half day for the exam.

    • Considerations
    • Materials
    • Component requirements
    • Assembly requirements
    • Board fabrication
    • Physical board characteristics
    • Documentation