IPC Training and Certification

IPC and PCB Training Certification Courses

IPC-A-600 Certification | Newly released "J" Revision

Nearly everything electronic in the universe depends on the printed wiring board (PWB). From the simplest toys to the most intelligent computers, all are useless if the PWB’s inside of them are not functional. That means printed board quality is the responsibility of thousands of people both inside and outside manufacturing.

For many years, the IPC-A-600 Acceptability of Printed boards document has set the standard for PCB / PWB workmanship quality. The IPC-A-600 gives comprehensive acceptance criteria with full color illustrations and photographs showing all types of printed board surface and internal conditions. Because of its importance to both the PWB manufacturer and assembler, the IPC-A-600 has become one of the most widely recognized and used documents ever published by IPC.

(The newly released "J" revision of IPC-A-600 includes significant changes parallelling the new requirements for IPC-6012.)

IPC-A-610 Certification

IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies is the most widely used standard published by the IPC. With multiple language versions, it has an international reputation as the source for end product acceptance criteria for consumer and high reliability printed wiring assemblies.

An industry developed and approved program that includes training, certification and instructional materials based on the IPC-A-610 is available to your company. This certification will demonstrate your commitment to customer requirements and greatly assists any company dedicated to ISO-9000 or other quality assurance initiatives.

IPC-6012 Certification

The IPC organization is in the final development stages of the IPC-6012 Training and Certification Program. If you would like to sign-up for our notification list when the program is available.

IPC-WHMA-A-620 Certification

IPC/WHMA-A-620 describes acceptability criteria for crimped, mechanically secured, and soldered interconnection and the corresponding lacing/restraining criteria associated with cable and harness assemblies. Now at Revision C (published January 2017), WHMA-A-620 is the industry consensus standard for cable and wire harness fabrication and installation.

Classes of products are defined and include criteria for Target, Acceptable, Process Indicator and Defect conditions to support the collection of visual quality acceptability requirements for each class.

Program Benefits

Certification demonstrates commitment to customer requirements and greatly facilitates certification to ISO Certification or other quality assurance initiatives. By having earned this portable credential, you'll receive immediate recognition, legitimacy and value throughout the electronics industry.

IPC Open Challenge and Re-Certification

Open Challenge

Individuals who are very familiar and work on a daily basis with the IPC Standard are able to take the exam without having to complete the full training course (operators only).


In order to maintain your certification status, re-certification is required every two years.

PCB Microsection (Cross-Section) Training

The course will teach you how to improve your PCB Microsectional preparation techniques and develop the knowledge to accurately evaluate the prepared Microsectional for common defects. Both technicians and inspectors will benefit from this dynamic combination of classroom presentation with defect analysis images and hands-on laboratory training. This course is conducted at our state-of-the-art Anaheim, California facility or can be customized and presented at your facility utilizing you own in-house equipment.

About the IPC and PCB Training Courses

Each course is designed at helping individuals meet the necessary criteria in becoming a certified instructor or inspector. Upon successfully completing a course, the following is typically provided:

  • Certificate of Completion and Instructor's Guide
  • Copies of the student handbook
  • Test specimen
  • Set of worker proficiency exams (along with the answer sheets and keys)
  • Complete set of slides

Once the certificate has been awarded, the certified individual will be able train others within your organization.

Course Fees

Course fees covers the costs of providing all program materials and documentation along with training, testing and certification of an individual(s). Catered lunch and facility tours are also included.


There is no fee for substituting or cancelling. If you are unable to attend and would like to send a substitute, contact NTS prior to your course date. If you need to cancel, your tuition is valid for a full year and can be used as a credit toward a future training program. Minimum class size is five students, maximum class size is fourteen. NTS reserves the right to reschedule classes if minimum class size is not met.


Course length and hours of classroom instruction varies upon the IPC training course.