The IPC Education Team hopes you are staying healthy and safe. We have taken additional steps to support the electronics industry through these difficult times and would like to provide you some updates.
Certificate Extensions: At the beginning of May, we announced that we would be offering complimentary 30-day extensions for all hands-on (workmanship) certifications. These extensions only applied to certifications where the required modules had a workmanship component. Beginning with May certifications, those of you who are certified in programs with optional workmanship modules may request an extension of these modules after you have renewed the mandatory non-workmanship modules. The optional modules will be extended for 60 days upon completion of the mandatory modules. Since the base certification would be renewed, IPC believes that granting you a 60-day extension on the workmanship portion would be fair.
For Example: if you renew the mandatory 001 certification you may request an extension to the optional workmanship modules to which you were certified at the time of retesting. You would then have to complete the workmanship testing for the optional modules within 60 days for it to be reflected on your current certificate.
This would be handled as any other extension request by e-mailing email@example.com. After review, IPC will provide an email notification of the extension of the optional modules.
Remote proctoring: As we are seeing faster adoption of remotely proctored exams, we wanted to remind all trainers of the Minimum System Requirements for students utilizing this system:
Windows: 10, 8, or 7 – Mac: OS X 10.10 or higher
Web camera (internal or external) & microphone
A broadband internet connection
If using a company issued device, you may need to work with your IT department to download the required software. Please note you must have administrator rights that allow you to download software to the computer on which you wish to take the certification exam.
We also encourage candidates to take the Proctored Practice Exam located in every remote proctoring course prior to attempting the Certification Exam. This will give them an opportunity to test their software and get a feel for the lockdown browser.
Extensions of CQI Credits. As a courtesy, all CQI Exam Credits set to expire at the end of May will be automatically extended until the end of August.
If you are experiencing any challenges not addressed in this email, please reach out to the IPC Education Team for aid through the Certification Help Desk. We are actively working to ensure that the critical services you provide the electronics manufacturing industry continues in a safe, efficient, and secure manner.
We plan to send update emails as needed to address changing conditions. Please also visit IPC EDGE or IPC Certification Help Desk for the latest updates.