IPC-A-600 CIS Training

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IPC A-600 Training For Specialist

With the proliferation of electronics into everyday life and now the desire to make everything “smart” and to put even toasters onto a home network, the printed circuit board and the manufacturing of same have become very important to the electronics ecosystem. The IPC-A-600 specification document on the acceptance criteria for these printed circuit boards has set the standard for PCB workmanship quality, giving comprehensive acceptance criteria with full-color illustrations and photographs showing all types of printed board surface and internal conditions.

Due to the importance of this critical component to the electronics assembly, the IPC-A-600 has become one of the most widely used documents ever published by IPC.

The knowledge of the acceptance criteria for printed circuit boards is essential in tracking down non-conformances to their origins. The IPC A-600 specialist training program makes a bold statement to users of printed circuit boards that a company is serious about continuous quality improvement. No one wants to source, pay for and place numerous electronic components on a defective PCB. The IPC-A-600 Specialist training and certification gives the assembler the information to do a better job at incoming inspection. Knowing acceptable conditions means that boards are not scrapped; potential liabilities are exposed early in the production process.  Certified inspectors working in electronic assembly can then experience a more productive relationship with their PCB suppliers.

This increased level of importance has made the necessity for the certification program surrounding the IPC-A-600 ever more mission-critical to the assembly industry. The program which ensures that a common knowledge base exists surrounding the knowledge of the board specifications is the IPC-A-600 Specialist training program. Working colleagues in the procurement, sourcing, incoming inspection and QC ends of the operation should be knowledgeable about the IPC-A-600 document and be able to become an IPC-A-600 Specialist by going through the certification program.
The objective of the IPC-A-600 Specialist training program is to qualify and certify the student in the IPC-A-600 Inspection by taking them through the material in the document,  This certification program assists all segments of the electronics interconnection industry to improve their understanding of printed board quality issues; greatly enhances communication between PCB manufacturers, their suppliers and their customers; and provides a valuable credential to industry professionals as well as recognition for their companies.

The objective of the IPC-A-600 Specialist training is to qualify and certify the student as an IPC Specialist (CIS) training in the IPC-A-600 and award the IPC-A-600 Certified IPC Specialist certificate. More on the IPC-A-600 training here.

Who should become an IPC-A-600 Specialist?

Anyone who is responsible for procurement, product quality, and reliability would benefit from becoming an IPC-A-600 specialist Typically students are in the procurement, incoming inspection, design and operations areas of a board shop where the PCBs are fabricated.

What’s in the class? 

  • Introduction or Overview of IPC Professional Training and Certification Policies and procedures, IPC-A-600 organization and will introduce the acceptance criteria, the general requirements of the specification and related documents.
  • External Observable Characteristics
  • Define and describe the external elements of a printed board that can be inspected with localized magnification.
  • Assessment and testing


  • Internal Observable Characteristics
  • Provide acceptability requirements for those characteristics that appear internally in the printed board
  • Assessment and testing


  • Define and describe the external elements of File.
  • Print Designs and special application boards that can be inspected with localized magnification.
  • Assessment and testing
  • Board shop tour (if time permits)

How long does the IPC-A 600 CIS training it take?
3 days or less depending on which optional modules are chosen

What do you get when successfully completing the IPC-A-600 CIS training?

IPC certificate upon successful completion