IPC J-STD-001 CSE Subject Matter Expert

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IPC J-STD-001 Certification For CSE's

The IPC J-STD-001 assembled by BEST is accordance with the latest IPC J-STD-001 standard  and is designed for those who want to “brush up” on their knowledge base (the pother option being going through the entire IPC J-STD-001 certification  program and then taking the certification tests for the CSE) The J-STD-001 is a worldwide standard assembled and published by the IPC.

The IPC-J-STD-001, the Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies, is the is the standard for assembling printed wiring boards and other electronic assemblies. The standard describes methods, verification criteria and various techniques for producing solder interconnections. The standard zeroes in on requirements as well as process control for a broad range of electronic products.

The “industry or general knowledge” part of the IPC J-STD-001 CSE standard certification testing is a closed-book test with multiple-choice questions. The examination is time-limited and candidates must answer the questions within a one hour time slot (speed PLUS accuracy count!). Topics include but not limited to the following topical areas:

Terms and definition

  • Flow down requirements
  • Acceptance requirements
  • Classification of electron assemblies
  • Component ID
  • Assembly requirements
  • Appendix in the standard

The IPC J-STD-001 certification program has multiple levels including Master Instructors, Certified Instructors, applications specialists as well as the CSE and Senior IPC J-STD-001 CSE designations. IPC A- J-STD-001 CSE and Master CSE for the J-STD-001 retains its validity for a 2 year period of time after successful certification. After the two year certification period has lapsed credentialed individuals they must then re-certify .

What’s material is taught as part of the J-STD-001 CSE certification by BEST? 

Foreword, Applicable Documents, and Handling
Wires and terminals

Throughhole components
Surface Mount Assemblies-continued
Inspection of electronic assemblies
Review Materials for the Open book general knowledge

CSE certification exam

Closed Book Examination

Hand soldering skills evaluation and testing

How much time should I budget for the IPC J-STD-001 CSE certification testing if I am NOT going to challenge test the material? 

2 days

Reasons for Becoming Certified as an IPC J-STD-001 CSE

Subject matter experts show customers that your firm is serious about learning and developing your craft at inspecting, building or using electronic assemblies. The J-STD-001 CSE program is for those companies who do not require or desire to have an IPC J-STD-001 certified trainer on staff.

Who Are Candidates for Becoming an IPC J-STD-001  CSE?

In most cases, someone from the QC, operations training or engineering staff will become the IPC J-STD-001 CSE or Master CSE.  These are people associated with 610 instructor training as are personnel associated with process troubleshooting, process development, program management or other various engineering disciplines.

After training many specialists as well as trainers BEST has come up with a list of practical filters for choosing who should become the J-STD-001 CSE or subject matter expert in your company:

  • Someone who has at least 3 years of experience in electronics manufacturing so that they can illustrate concepts through “real world experiences”
  • Speak, read and write in the English language (unless the class is being held in another language using non-English material such as Spanish or Mandarin) at least to the 5th-grade level
  • Someone who can relate well to people and who has very solid communication skills and is not shy about standing in front of people to teach
  • Someone who is authorized to travel to IPC meetings in order to improve the standard through the IPC committee standards development process.

What do you have to achieve to pass the IPC J-STD-001 CSE certification?

  • At least one time passing the EPP or the the material which demonstrates the proficiency you have in knowing the IPC Policies and Procedures for the IPC CSE program.
  • At least one time in passing an open exam on general electronics industry knowledge
  • Passing to a satisfaction of 80% or greater an open book test on general and advanced concepts in the IPC-J-STD-001
  • Satisfactorily demonstrate skills in hand soldering inclusive of wires and terminal assembly, throughhole component assembly, SMT assembly and inspection of the finished assembled board

Further requirements on the CSE program can be found here