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Choosing the Right IPC Certification Partner

Posted on 25st May, 2023 by EPTAC Staff


In the Electronics Manufacturing industry, staying up-to-date with the latest standards and best practices is crucial to ensure high-quality and reliable printed circuit board (PCB) assembly. One way to demonstrate proficiency in PCB assembly is by obtaining an IPC Certification. An IPC Certification validates an individual's knowledge and skills in various aspects of electronics manufacturing such as PCB design, assembly, and inspection. However, selecting the right IPC Certification partner is essential to ensure a valuable and recognized certification. In this article, we will discuss the key factors to consider when choosing an IPC Certification provider in the United States and Canada. 

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Authorized IPC Training Center

The first step in choosing an IPC Certification partner is to ensure that the training center is authorized as an IPC Training Center. IPC sets industry standards for electronics manufacturing, and authorized training centers have the necessary capabilities, resources and approval to deliver IPC training courses. Verify that the provider is listed on IPC's official website as an authorized training center to ensure the credibility of the certification.

Currently, there are 55 training centers listed as IPC Standards Certification Centers in the United States, and two – in Canada. EPTAC is the only authorized IPC Certification provider in Canada, with two locations in Markham and Ottawa, and a third training center planned for Halifax.

EPTACis the leading company with the most locations among authorized IPC Training Centers in the United States, with 22 locations across different cities and states: in Akron (OH), Atlanta Metro (GA), Binghamton (NY), Boston (MA), Buffalo (NY), Chicago (IL), Connecticut (CT), Florida (FL), Kansas City (MO), Long Island (NY), Los Angeles (CA), Manchester (NH), Maryland, Minnesota (MN), Oregon, Pittsburgh (PA), Rochester (NY), San Diego (CA), San Jose (CA), Seattle (WA),  Syracuse (NY) and Baltimore (MD).

Comprehensive Course Offerings

IPC offers a wide range of certifications and training programs to cater to different roles and skill levels in the electronics industry. There are three levels of certification to the IPC Standards for individuals: a Certified Standards Expert (CSE), a Certified IPC Trainer (CIT), or as a Certified IPC Specialist (CIS).

Look for a certification partner that offers a comprehensive range of IPC courses, such as IPC-A-610 (Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies), IPC-7711/7721 (Rework and Repair of Electronic Assemblies), IPC-6012 (Qualification and Performance Specification for Rigid Printed Boards), PCB Design (CID/CID+) and others. A provider with diverse course offerings allows individuals to choose certifications that align with their specific areas of expertise.

EPTAC has over 40 different training programs and over 1,500 scheduled classes in a year to select from. You can find detailed information about 2023 IPC course offerings of EPTAC in the following website: https://www.eptac.com/training.

You are encouraged to conduct your own research and carefully evaluate these IPC course offerings based on your individual needs and priorities.

Experienced and Certified Instructors

The quality of training largely depends on the instructors' expertise and experience. Look for an IPC Certification partner that employs instructors who are not only certified by IPC but also possess extensive practical knowledge in electronics manufacturing and PCB assembly. Experienced instructors can provide real-world insights, practical tips, and address specific challenges faced in the industry, enhancing the overall learning experience.

EPTAC has over 20 Instructors including two IPC Hall of Fame Instructors: Leo Lambert and Gary Ferrari. More information about IPC instructors from EPTAC can be found on the following website.

EPTAC - https://www.eptac.com/about-us/instructors

Training Delivery Methods

Consider the training delivery methods offered by the IPC Certification provider. Traditional classroom training may be suitable for some individuals, while others may prefer online or blended hybrid learning options. A reputable certification partner should offer flexibility in training delivery, allowing participants to choose the format that best fits their learning style and schedule. EPTAC provides over 1,500 scheduled classes in a year but also has dedicated classes that can be done at your facility or one of EPTAC's 24 locations. Online training has also been an area that has been growing in popularity recently. 

Support and Resources

Check if the certification partner provides additional support and resources beyond the training sessions. This could include access to reference materials, online forums or communities, webinars and post-training support for clarification of questions. A provider that offers ongoing support helps individuals apply their knowledge effectively and stay updated with the evolving industry practices.

EPTAC's Ask Helena and Leo section has been a very popular tool for students and industry participants to ask specific technical questions and get feedback from two of the electronics manufacturing industries most experienced Instructors.

Leading American IPC Certification providers also allow students to be able to order training materials and tools through their websites: For example, EPTAC has a dedicated website (https://www.soldertraining.com/) for in-house instructors and other industry participants to get Standards& Manuals, Training Aids, Training Kits, IPC Exam Credits,  and  other solder related Tools that are carefully selected by top Instructors.

Industry Recognition

Finally, consider the recognition and acceptance of the IPC Certification offered by the provider within the Electronics Manufacturing Industry. Research the acceptance and reputation  of the certification in your profession and the industry sector you work in. A relevant and well-recognized certification holds more value and enhances professional credibility.


In conclusion, selecting the right IPC Certification Partner is crucial for obtaining a valuable and recognized certification in the Electronics Manufacturing industry. By considering factors such as authorized training center status, comprehensive course offerings, experience/credibility of instructors, flexible training delivery, support and resources, and industry recognition, you can make an informed decision and choose a provider that meets your needs and expectations. Investing in IPC Certifications through a reputable partner can help you stay competitive and demonstrate your expertise in the Electronics Manufacturing Industry.


EPTAC - An International Leader in Solder Training and IPC Certification

For over 35 years, EPTAC has been a leading provider of solder training and IPC certification. We provide professionals with the tools and training they need to advance their careers and improve their businesses. With 24 locations across North America, our solutions and instructional staff provide an easy access to knowledge that will enhance your business model and help you meet and exceed industry demands. For more information call 800.643.7822 or contact us.


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