IPC A-610 – Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies

Accurate assembly and manufacture of electronic equipment results in an increase in quality and reliability and a decrease in reworking, saving time and money and, even more importantly, ensuring that customers don’t receive faulty equipment or products that fail shortly after purchase.

In some circumstances the only way to gain a manufacturing contract might be to meet the IPC A-610 standards and hold IPC A-610 certification. This course is therefore aimed at anyone in your team who needs to understand soldering standards and acceptance criteria for assembled electronic products. Those who pass the course will be able to discriminate between good, bad and acceptable solder joints for components soldered to PCBs.

Who should undertake IPC A-610 Training?

This standard is aimed at anyone needing to understand whether a soldered joint is acceptable, such as:

  • assembly operators
  • goods in inspectors
  • quality assurance inspectors
  • quality supervisors
  • assembly manufacturing supervisors
  • production managers
  • managers and directors who want to understand the impact of assembly quality on their products and processes
  • anyone responsible for the quality and reliability of electronic assemblies
IPC A-610 for trainers or staff

There are two levels of IPC A-610 training.

To have your team able to apply the standard you need the Application Specialist (CIS) level.
To take responsibility for your own training at least one of your team must gain the Certified IPC Trainer (CIT) level to train and certify other staff. Any company with a large number of staff who will benefit from IPC A-610 knowledge and certification may find it more beneficial to have a certified trainer to train and maintain its own employees.

The Electronics Group have Master IPC Trainers delivering CIS and CIT certification across all five practical and classroom-based IPC courses.

IPC A-610 course overview

The goal of IPC A-610 training is to improve an individual’s skills and ability to discriminate between acceptable and unacceptable electronic assemblies. Candidates don’t just learn when a particular assembly should be accepted or rejected, they learn the reasons why.

IPC A-610 covers three classes of quality assurance:

  • Class 1

General electronic products – such as cameras, audio/video and domestic appliances. The lifetime of these products is limited, and a failure is not critical.

  • Class 2

Dedicated service electronic products – such as printers, copiers, computers and general production equipment. The lifetime of the products is longer than class 1, the amount of usage is higher, and an uninterrupted service is desirable.

  • Class 3

High reliability/critical products – such as military, aerospace and medical. Not only is the product lifetime extended but the products must function without interruption and downtime is not an acceptable option.

IPC A-610 course duration and booking
  • Certified IPC Trainer (CIT) course is 4 days.

All modules are mandatory.

A copy of the IPC Standard and IPC’s training materials are included for each student.

  • Certified IPC application Specialist (CIS) course is 3 days.

All modules are covered within three days.

A copy of the IPC Standard is included for each student for the duration of the course.

Electronics Yorkshire Members are automatically upgraded to become full members of The Electronics Group and as a result, undertaking training at our Leeds centre receives a 10% discount on training costs.

IPC training programmes are intensive courses including examinations. Students should have the necessary standard of knowledge and experience to support their attendance on a course and to undertake the examination. If students have any concerns about qualification to attend any course they should contact The Electronics Group’s training staff in advance for advice.