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IPC-A-600 Certified IPC Specialist (CIS)

Acceptability of Printed Boards for Application Specialist

The goal of IPC-A-600 Certified IPC Specialist (CIS) training is to improve an individual’s skill and ability to discriminate between acceptable and unacceptable Printed Boards. Students don’t just learn when a Printed Board should be accepted or rejected, they learn the reason why.

Who should undertake the IPC-A-600 Certified IPC Specialist (CIS) training?

The IPC-A-600 Certified IPC Specialist (CIS) training is aimed at anyone needing to understand wether a Printed Board is acceptable, such as:

Printed Board Manufacturers Knowledge of acceptance criteria is essential in tracing nonconforming conditions to their origins in the manufacturing process. The IPC-A-600 Training and Certification Program establishes the important relationship between the IPC-A-600 and the IPC-6012. This program also makes a powerful statement to users of printed boards that a company is serious about continuous quality improvement. Industry-recognized, technically accurate training for anyone involved in PCB fabrication did not exist until now.

Electronics Assembly Companies No one wants to put dozens of expensive components on a defective PCB. IPC-A-600 Training and Certification gives the assembler the information to do a better job at incoming inspection. Knowing acceptable conditions means that PCBs are not needlessly scrapped; knowing nonconforming conditions saves the assembler from an expensive component mounting operation. Certified IPC Trainers working in electronics assembly can forge a more productive relationship with their PCB suppliers.

OEMs and Material/Equipment Suppliers Anyone involved in purchasing or specifying printed boards needs to understand the criteria of IPC-A-600 and IPC-6012. OEMs, like assemblers, perform incoming board inspection and have a huge investment in PCBs. Designers will learn the baseline requirements for board quality for all classes of product. Material and equipment suppliers along with OEMs will sharpen their ability to recognize nonconforming conditions.

The IPC-A-600 Certified IPC Specialist (CIS) training is a modular program. Apart from mandatory module, your staff may only need elements relevant to your company. However both IPC and ETECH-trainingen strongly recommend that all modules are taken. Omitting modules is unlikely to reduce overall attendance time.

The Certified IPC Specialist (CIS) certification, is granted to each individual who successfully completes the training.

A minimum of at least 70% is required on each closed and open-book test to achieve a pass.

Each IPC course/training provides a global IPC certification valid for two years. For students who have previously achieved their Certified IPC Specialist (CIS) certification within the last two years a relevant Recertification course/training is available.

Preview the table of contents IPC-A-600H


Certification: 2,5 days including exam

Recertification: 1,5 day including exam

Challenge test: 0,5 day exam

Course materials

A copy of the IPC-A-600 Standard is included for each Student.


Modules Title Duration
Module 1 (Mandatory) Policies and Procedures and Introduction 3.0 Hrs Lecture 1.0 Hr Testing
Module 2 (optional) Externally Observable Characteristics 5.0 Hrs Lecture 1.0 Hr Testing
Module 3 (optional) Internally Observable Characteristics 5.0 Hrs Lecture 1.0 Hr Testing
Module 4 (optional) Miscellaneous and Cleanliness 3.0 Hrs Lecture 1.0 Hr Testing
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