600 Acceptability Criteria
The IPC-A-600 Training and Certification Program helps all segments of the electronics interconnection industry improve their understanding of printed board quality issues, greatly enhances communication between PCB manufacturers, their suppliers and their customers and provides a valuable portable credential to industry professionals as well as recognition for their companies.
The program is built on a train-the-trainer model. Companies involved in fabrication, assembly, or original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) enroll a representative in a twenty-hour training course at any IPC Licensed IPC-A-600 Certification Center. The training program provides a detailed review of the IPC-A-600 criteria and concludes with a qualifying examination. Those who pass the exam are recognized as “IPC-A-600 Certified IPC Trainers” and receive instructional materials to use in “Application Specialist” training. The Application Specialist training is modular and allows for any or all of the four sections of the document to be taught.
Topics in this course include:
*Note: the IPC-A-600 Curriculum does not include any hands-on soldering.
Printed Board Manufacturers
Knowledge of acceptance criteria is essential in tracing nonconforming conditions to their origins in the manufacturing process. The IPC-A-600 Training and Certification Program establishes the important relationship between the IPC-A-600 and the IPC-6012. This program also makes a powerful statement to users of printed boards that a company is serious about continuous quality improvement. Industry-recognized, technically accurate training for anyone involved in PCB fabrication did not exist until now.
Electronics Assembly Companies
No one wants to put dozens of expensive components on a defective PCB. IPC-A-600 Training and Certification gives the assembler the information to do a better job at incoming inspection. Knowing acceptable conditions means that PCBs are not needlessly scrapped; knowing nonconforming conditions saves the assembler from an expensive component mounting operation. Certified IPC Trainers working in electronics assembly can forge a more productive relationship with their PCB suppliers.
OEMs and Material/Equipment Suppliers
Anyone involved in purchasing or specifying printed boards needs to understand the criteria of IPC-A-600 and IPC-6012. OEMs, like assemblers, perform incoming board inspection and have a huge investment in PCBs. Designers will learn the baseline requirements for board quality for all classes of product. Material and equipment suppliers along with OEMs will sharpen their ability to recognize nonconforming conditions.
Module 1: Policies and Procedures and Introduction
Module 2: Externally Observable Characteristics
Upon completion of this module, the participant will be able to demonstrate an understanding of externally observable board attributes and be able to discern acceptable versus nonconforming criteria.
Module 3: Internally Observable Characteristics
Upon completion of this module, the participant will be able to demonstrate an understanding of internally observable board attributes and be able to discern acceptable versus nonconforming criteria.
Module 4: Miscellaneous and Cleanliness
Upon completion of this module, the participant will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the board attributes which will be discussed in Section 4.1 of the standard and will be able to discern acceptable versus nonconforming criteria.