Don’t you think it is imperative to know accept/reject criteria for PCBs before you assemble them? Well, from my point of view it’s extremely necessary to be conversant of the acceptability of electronic assemblies before you start manufacturing them. This will prevent you from rework or repair work in the future. Keeping this in mind, IPC has issued an instructional book for trainers willing to teach IPC-A610 CIS students. It includes the IPC 610 standards in detail with a list of topics covered in it.

IPC 610 Standards


Now before you ask, have a look at the topics included in the IPC 610 standards publication. It defines the accept/reject criteria for a number of elements such as:

  1. Handling of electronic assemblies
  2. Mechanical assembly
  3. Soldering
  4. Component installation
  5. Location and orientation
  6. Marking of assemblies
  7. Cleanliness of assemblies
  8. Laminate conditions
  9. Coatings
  10. Discrete wiring assemblies
  11. SMT assemblies

What’s the IPC-A-610 certified IPC trainer course all about?

The IPC-A-610 certification course for IPC trainers is a skill-based course containing a detailed review of the IPC 610 standards. That’s not all, it also includes a review of basic instructor skills that trainers can learn and reflect during teaching. Once a trainer completes this course successfully, he/she will have the ability to determine accept/reject criteria for all three classes of products based on the acceptability requirement listed in the IPC-A-610 instructional book.

What’s more, the instructors who successfully complete all the examinations conducted by IPC are certified as the official instructor by them. What else, with the certificate they are also given the instruction materials that are required to teach IPC-A-610 CIS course to other candidates. In case you don’t know what CIS means here, it’s a Certified IPC Specialist course.

The main advantage of getting certified in this course is that you gain an understanding of the best and worst quality of products. That means you acquire skills to continuously improve the quality of a product and make it more reliable than what it was earlier. Here, one thing you need to take note of is that this course for trainers does not include any instruction for hand soldering. In case you want to know the same, you can check out assembly courses for hands-on training.

What are the objectives met by this course?

  1. Once you are certified by IPC in the CIT course, you gain the ability to figure out the difference between class 1,2, and 3 products.
  2. You can easily understand IPC terminology and definitions and can explain that to others.
  3. You will be able to correctly refer to the IPC-A-610 standard to make decisions related to accept/reject criteria of electronic assemblies.
  4. You can score 80% or more in both the open and closed book examinations conducted by IPC to certify you.
  5. Last but not least, you become able to conduct the CIS training excellently once you are certified in this course.

What are the materials you are provided to conduct IPC-A-610 Certified IPC Specialist training?

There are a handful of things you get as an instructor when you pursue this course. Check out each of them in the pointers below:

  1. You get an instructional book named IPC-A-610 “Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies” standard. 
  2. A valid certificate by IPC indicating that you have successfully completed the IPC-A-610 CIT course.


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