IPC J-STD-001 – Requirements for Soldering Electrical and Electronic Assemblies

Manufacturing an electronic assembly right first time saves your company money and keeps your customers happy. The IPC J-STD-001 describes the materials, methods and verification criteria for producing high-quality, soldered, leaded and lead-free interconnections, and emphasises the process control needed to achieve these.

Because the J-STD-001 is a worldwide standard, working to that standard and having staff trained to the standard might be the only way to gain a manufacturing contract or to get your products certified for markets such as aerospace or medical applications.

Who should undertake IPC J-STD-001 Training?

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

  • process engineers
  • assembly operators
  • quality and inspection staff
  • anyone responsible for the quality and reliability of soldered assemblies

Some knowledge of the basic concepts and materials associated with hand soldering is required.

IPC J-STD-001 for trainers or staff

There are two levels of IPC J-STD-001 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 J-STD-001 knowledge and certification may find it more beneficial to have a certified trainer to train and maintain its own employees.

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

IPC J-STD-001 course overview

The course describes the materials, methods and verification criteria for producing high quality soldered joints; it emphasises the importance of process control. The basic techniques of soldering are explained along with details on relevant factors such as flux, solder composition, soldering to terminals, through-hole, surface-mount devices and relevant inspection. Acceptance criteria are also fully covered. Importantly, this is not a beginner’s soldering course and candidates must have hand soldering experience. The course includes practical elements including work on plated through hole components and surface mount devices to validate inspection to the IPC J-STD-001.

J-STD-001 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 J-STD-001 course duration and booking

Certified Trainer (CIT) course is 5 days

All modules are mandatory.

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

Certified Application Specialist (CIS) course is 4 days

All modules are covered within four 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.