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Clayton Wood Close, Leeds,
LS16 6QE

+44 (0)113 274 4270

8am - 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8am - 4pm Friday

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IPC A-610 – Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies

What is the IPC A 610 Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies? 

The IPC A 610 standard is the most widely used inspection standard in the electronics industry. It has earned a reputation around the globe as being the source for end product acceptance and defect criteria for consumer electronics, as well as high reliability printed circuit assemblies, or printed circuit board assemblies. The IPC A 610 standard has been used by original equipment manufacturers and electronics manufacturing companies worldwide.

What is covered in the IPC A 610 Standard/Training Course? 

Topics included in the IPC A 610 standard include: 

  • Criteria for component damage and board laminate conditions 
  • Criteria for cleaning and coating 
  • Surface mount soldering criteria including chip components, leadless and leaded chips 
  • Criteria for soldering through-hole components 
  • Jumper wire assembly 
  • Component mounting 
  • Swaged hardware and heat sink requirements for mechanical assemblies 
  • Solder fillet criteria for all major surface mount component groups 

Who is the IPC A 610 standard/training course suitable for? 

Almost all companies involved in the electronics supply chain would benefit from IPC A 610 certification. Whether you’re supplying components and need to know about component damage, or you’re a CEM (contract electronics manufacturer) knowing the criteria for acceptable components and electronics assemblies is critical.  

Any person within an electronics business that is responsible for the quality and reliability of electronic assemblies should look at the IPC A 610. This could be Quality Managers, Engineers, Assembly staff and anyone involved in inspecting products. The IPC A 610 certification highlights the acceptance criteria for all three classes of product: Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3. 

IPC A 610 training is available at the following levels: 

  • Certified IPC Specialist (CIS) and is suitable for Assembly Operatives, Quality staff, Inspection personnel, Engineers 
  • Certified Subject Expert (CSE) and is best suited for staff required to have an advanced knowledge of the standard in the event of conflict resolution or staff liaison 
  • Certified IPC Trainer (CIT) for delegates wishing to deliver internal training to CIS level 

Which level of training is best suited for you depends on your aims and goals for training and adopting the standard. The Electronics Group is happy to guide and advise you through this decision process. 

All IPC Certificates are valid for two years and recertification criteria found in the Policies and Procedures apply for CSEs and CITs. 

How long is the IPC A 610 training and how is it delivered? 

  • Certified IPC Specialist Training is 3 days 
  • Certified Subject Expert Training is 4 days 
  • Certified IPC Trainer training is 4 days 

The IPC A 610 training can be taught at our training centre, on your premises or remotely via Teams/Zoom. 

What do I need for the IPC A 610 course? 

  • A copy of the latest IPC A 610 standard 
  • A copy of the relevant IPC Policies and Procedures 
  • A laptop or computer for exams 

We can provide these items on loan should you not have your own or wish to purchase a copy of the book, however, having a cop of the standard available to trained IPC staff is beneficial in their day-to-day work. These items are required for all delivery methods, levels and locations. 

If you are taking a remote course, you will need to ensure that your IT equipment meets certain specifications. Details on this can be found here. 

Training at your facility will require a suitable classroom environment with a HDMI compatible TV or Projector. 

Are there any prerequisites to studying for the IPC A 610 course? 

Whilst there are no prerequisites for enrolling on the course, we do recommend delegates have basic knowledge of printed circuit boards. PCB manufacturing terminology and processes would be advantageous. 

What is included in the cost of the IPC A 610 training course? 

Included in the cost of the course is: 

  • IPC Exam Fee 
  • Tuition for the duration of the course 
  • Loan copies of books and laptops for face-to-face training, admin fees apply for remote training 
  • Lunch and refreshments (courses at The Electronics Group only) 
  • Downloadable training materials (successful CIT only) 
  • On going support, advice and guidance throughout the duration of your certification 

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