The EMPF, an authorized training provider, offers IPC certification to our J-STD-001 customers. Recertification and Challenge Testing are time-saving classes developed by the IPC for students with a previous certification, or a high level of comprehension of the standard. Technical trainers, process engineers, manufacturing supervisors, and lead technicians who have been previously certified, are eligible for recertification.
Both recertification and challenge testing are abbreviated versions of the initial certification. The Certified IPC Specialist (CIS) recertification modules one through five (both lectures and workmanship) are covered in half the time. Inspection criteria for the three production classes are reviewed by the instructor. Guidelines for tools, equipment, surface mount device (SMD) placement, plated through-hole (PTH) component mounting and process compatibility are reviewed. CIS classes are taught by either a Certified IPC Trainer (CIT) or a Master IPC Trainer (MIT). CIT recertification classes run for two days and are taught by an MIT. The course reviews the assembly processes, soldering processes, coating and encapsulation, rework and repair, defects and process control, and other technical requirements of the J-STD-001. Like the initial certification, all IPC recertifications are good for two years and are valid through the last day of the month, no matter what day the certification was granted.
Challenge testing is available to both CIS and CIT students. CIS challenge testing is performed on a module by module basis. Module one covers general requirements, materials, components, cleanliness, assembly and soldering processes and is a prerequisite for modules two through five. Module two tests include wrapping, soldering, and inspection of connections to terminals. Module three tests knowledge pertaining to installation, soldering, and inspection of components in plated through holes. Module four tests include mounting, soldering, and inspection requirements for surface mount components. Module five tests knowledge of the J-STD-001 inspection criteria. Challenge testing for CIS students is also available for the workmanship and inspection portion. CIS students must earn an average passing grade of 70% on an open and closed book test for module one. Every other module has an open book test where 70% is passing as well.
Challenge testing for CIT students involves one day of testing with no review from an instructor. An average grade of 80% must be earned to pass the written test after which the workmanship and inspection test is given. Challenge tests for CITs must be proctored by a MIT. CITs may only challenge test for J-STD-001 if they are currently or previously certified as a CIT in J-STD-001.
Recertification classes can be scheduled up to 90 days before the certification is set to expire. The new certification will still expire two years from the old expiration date, not from the day you take the test. If scheduling problems delay a timely recertification, a CIT may grant a CIS a ninety day extension without having to report this to the IPC. If a CIT has a delay, the IPC may grant an extension of up to ninety days. The new certification’s expiration date will reflect the original recertification date if extensions are granted.
The EMPF offers IPC certification courses, electronics manufacturing skill-based classes, lead free manufacturing and customized curriculum. Call the Registrar at 610.362.1295 or visit www.aciusa.org/courses for more details.