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IPC-A-610 Specialist

This 3-day, lectured course utilizes the images in the IPC-A-610 inspection document to provide visual accept/reject criteria examples for all three classes of assembly production–in both lead and lead-free. The IPC-A-610, “The Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies”, is the most widely used inspection specification for the PWB assembly industry.

The IPC-A-610 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 at least a 70% on each exam.

IPC-A-610 Online


Everyone who successfully completes the program will receive:

  • IPC-A-610
  • IPC Certificate of Training


  • Introduction -Establishing and Maintaining Program Integrity
  • Foreword, Applicable Documents and Handling
  • Hardware Installation
  • Soldering (including High Voltage)
  • Open Book Examination
  • Closed Book Examination


  • Terminal Connections
  • Through-Hole Technology (including Jumper Wires)
  • Open Book Examination


  • Surface Mount Assemblies (including Jumper Wires)
  • Component Damage / PCBs and Assemblies
  • Solderless Wire Wrap
  • Open Book Examination
  • Instructor/Student Conference

Day 4 – Optional Interactive PCB Inspection Lab
This optional, 1-day lab utilizes, lectures, visual acuity exercises, and physical assemblies to provide the students with an experience in visually inspecting printed circuit assemblies


  • Terms and definitions
  • Why inspect
  • How to inspect

Observation Skills Practice 1
The Needs of Visual Inspection

  • Good Visual Acuity
  • The ability to detect differences
  • Review of Basic Manufacturing Knowledge
  • Systematic approach
  • Patience, Discipline, Consistency

Inspection Lab 1: Through-Hole Board

  • Review results of Lab 1
  • Discuss improvements

Observation Skills Practice 2
Inspection Lab 2: Surface Mount Board

  • Review results of Lab 2
  • Discuss improvements


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