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The IPC-A-620 certification program offers those interested in company-wide wire terminal and wire harness assembly quality assurance initiatives an industry traceable program. The program provides technicians and/or instructors or with a credential that represents their understanding of the IPC-A-620 “Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies”. The IPC 620 Class standard is the QA and visual acceptance standard for wire harnesses and cable assemblies.

Further benefits are:

Measures competence levels in a particular product or technology having to do with wire/cable assemblies
Receive professional recognition of skills and experience.
Customers looking for high levels of service from certified, technical professionals.

The Program:

The acceptability of wire harness and cable assemblies is a widely-used standard supported by the Wire and Harness Manufacturers Association. published by the IPC. It maintains an international reputation as the source for end product acceptance criteria for cable and wire harness assemblies.

This is an industry-consensus program that includes training, certification and instructional materials based on the IPC-A-620 standard. This standard is developed by users, consultants, assemblers and OEMs in the electronics industry. Many individuals have been trained and certified as IPC-A-620 CIT instructors in the program. This certification will demonstrate your commitment to customer requirements and assists any company dedicated to ISO-or other quality assurance initiatives. This training and certification is highly recognized throughout the wire and cable harness as well as the electronics industry. The IPC-A-620 Training and Certification program provides instructors with high-quality materials and detailed instructional plans for training operators (CIS).

The IPC-A-620 training and certification program has multiple tiers of instruction. CIT or instructor candidates are sent by their parent companies to receive intensive training on the cable and wire harness standards from an IPC-approved certification and training center. Candidates are certified once they complete their course of study and pass the certification examination. If they feel they do not need the training course, candidates may opt to take a “challenge test” administered by one of the certification centers.

CIT (instructors) are provided instructional materials for training workers in a 1-4 day technician level training program. CITs and CISs are considered certified for two years after the course completion date. They must then re-certify at an IPC-approved certification site (CITs) or with a certified instructor at the company or at a certification center (CIS).

What Materials do IPC-A-620) Instructors (CITs) Receive?

All IPC A-620 instructors receive materials for instructing CIS training courses including: 

  • Certification
  • An Instructor Guide for WHMA/IPC-A-620 through the IPC EDGE Platform
  • IPC EDGE access containing forms, handouts, and visuals for instructor use
  • CIT Survival Guide on the IPC EDGE platform

Topics Covered in IPC 620 Class:

  • Hardware installation
  • Soldering criteria
  • Soldered requirements for connecting to terminals
  • Crimp requirements
  • Wire and terminal requirements
  • IDC terminal requirements
  • Wire welding requirements
  • Wire interconnection requirements

What is the 620 Space Addendum Class?

In this instruction either technicians (CIS) or instructors (CIT) learn and are tested on the specifications and inspection criteria found in the 620 Acceptability of Wire Harnesses and Cable Assemblies along with the hands-on instruction on the space addendum's requirements. Students will be a taught a variety of hands on skills and be shown by the instructor how to build cable and wire harness structures per the standard. More specific information can be found at the CIS IPC A-620 Space class or the IPC A-620 Space CIT class outlines.