Dear Certification Colleague:
Temporary CIS Updates
As discussed in the training committee meetings and the Hot Topic webinar in October, IPC implemented some temporary measures to address operators enrolled in the CIS program. The CIS program was originally designed for inspectors, supervisors, technicians, and engineers, yet a significant portion of CIS candidates are operators. The Essentials program was not built for the operators. Therefore, IPC is temporarily providing instructors with the ability to bypass the Essentials training, or to decide which sections of the training to review with their students. We believe by granting the instructor the ability to control which content is taught, we can create a better education experience for the student.
As part of these efforts, EP&P exam has been removed from all CIS courses, and the policy and procedures questions that were previously in the EP&P exam, have been moved back into Module 1.
To provide instructors with more flexibility in their classes, we are also temporarily removing the restrictions on testing optional modules until module 1 is completed successfully. Certifications are still dependent on Module 1 being successfully completed.
Over the last week, we have received some questions about pricing after the temporary relaxation of the Essentials requirement for the CIS program. However, the Essentials program represents only a small part of the costs on which the increase is premised. Over the last several years, we have received feedback from students, instructors, and the industry about areas where future improvement and investment were needed. As such, we have begun to invest in several improvements to Certification and Education, some of which includes:
- A new flexible and expandable internal platform hosted on AWS
- A distributed cloud architecture for improved global performance
- A full time LMS Administrator
- A psychometrician
- Multiple additions to the certification customer service team
- The Job Task Analysis Committee
- Workforce development programs
As a non-profit designed exclusively to serve the electronics industry, IPC strives to meet the evolving needs of its constituents as efficiently and effectively as possible. Our proudly lean Certification and Education Teams will convert this relatively modest investment in new programs, platforms, and personnel into large improvements in the quality and timeliness of IPC products and services.
Since the launch of EDGE 2.0, we have received many questions and issues surrounding scheduling exams on the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). As an international organization, IPC chose to utilize UTC as the baseline in our system because it represents the zero point for time zones globally.
Many instructors travel to different time zones to deliver training. As most PCs are set to the home time zone this creates a time conflict which we resolve by using a single time zone, in this case UTC.
The current UTC time is always displayed on the EDGE 2.0 home page as well as on the exam scheduling page. This is to aid you in converting the time from your time zone to the UTC time zone. Help and examples lists the different time zones along with how much time should be added to your local time to reach the UTC time.
Instructors are strongly encouraged to double check the time before the exam begins to make sure the time was scheduled properly. If needed, the time can be edited to make sure the students are not timed out of the exam prematurely. Instructors should also inform their students that when there is 30 minutes or less remining before the close of the test, a time clock will appear. This is the countdown before the close of the test. If the student will not complete the exam before the close time, they should alert the instructor immediately so that the instructor can edit the close time. Once the close time is reached, the exam will close, and the scores will be saved. If the student did not finish the test, they will need to wait for the cool off period (24 hours CIS/30 days CIT) before they can begin the test again.
Missed Question Review
Training and Certification are independent from one another.
Training Definition: The purpose of training is to ensure students obtain pre-determined knowledge and skills. In training, reviews of any missed questions are vital to a good training program.
Certification Definition: The purpose of certification is to validate the knowledge and skills an individual possesses against a predetermined criterion. In certification, missed questions are not reviewed.
Trainers should go through the training material, the content of the standards, the hands-on skill building, and any other necessary reviews prior to the CIS or CIT candidate attempting the exam.
During the exam, instructors may not, “help” the candidate in any way. A certification exam is a pass/fail determination of the student’s knowledge, skill, and ability. If the candidate understands the content and the techniques well enough to meet or exceed the measurements as set by the certification committee, that student should pass the exam.