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IPC-A-600 Instructor

This 3-day, lectured course utilizes the images in the IPC-A-600 document to provide visual accept/reject criteria examples for all three classes of bare board fabrication and inspection. The IPC-A-600, “The Acceptability of Printed Boards”, describes the preferred, acceptable, and nonconforming conditions that are either externally or internally observable on printed boards.

The IPC-A-600 specification is the focal point of this course and will be covered in its entirety. As part of the requirements for certification, students must score an 80% on the final examination.

Course Outline

Day 1

  • General Overview
  • Terms and Definitions
  • Acceptance Criteria
Externally Observable Characteristics
  • Board Edges
  • Base Material Surface and Subsurface
  • Solder Coatings and Fused Tin Lead
  • Holes–Plated Through and Unsupported
  • Printed Contacts
  • Marking
  • Solder Resist
  • Dimensional Characteristics

Day 2

Internally Observable Characteristics
  • Dielectric Materials
  • Conductive Patterns
  • Plated Through–Holes (General, Drilled, Punched)
  • Flexible Printed Circuits
  • Rigid – Flex Printed Boards
  • Metal Core Printed Boards
  • Flush Printed Boards
  • Cleanliness Testing
  • Solderability Testing
  • Electrical Integrity
  • Instructor Skills

Day 3

  • Course Summary/Review
  • Open Book Examination
  • Instructor/Student Conference
  • Wrap-Up

Choose the format for IPC-A-600 Instructor that fits your needs

EPTAC offers a variety of options for the way you like to learn or how you would like a program delivered. From Scheduled Classes (in various locations or online), Dedicated Classes (where you select the class, date and time and we deliver the program at your facility or online), Challenge Tests (if you know the content, test out and get your certification), EPTAC has you covered.


Scheduled Classes - Online or In Person

Attend a live instructor led class which are regularly scheduled online or in a variety of locations across North America. Enjoy the real time conversations and interaction with EPTAC’s Master Instructors and your classmates.

Dedicated Classes - Online or On Site

Have a group of employees to train and certify? Let us create a class online or at your location on your schedule. We will have one of EPTAC’s Master Instructors ready with all the required equipment and materials. Ask us how we can make it happen.

Challenge Test

Test, Pass the Exam(s) and go directly to IPC Certification. If you understand the content of a particular program, inside and out, a challenge test might be for you. Simple to set up, EPTAC will get you on your way and the rest is up to you.

Have a question about training or IPC certification?

EPTAC has the knowledge and expertise to help you train your staff, understand your process, and increase production. We are committed to answering your questions promptly, and we look forward to hearing from you.