When it comes to manufacturing electronic products, there are plenty of courses and certifications to consider. Choosing the right IPC certification requires defining your learning objective. If you’re already an experienced solder technician, but you’re looking to learn more about the process of reworking and repairing existing PCB electronic assemblies, then the IPC-7711/7721 certification is the right course for you. In this article we’ll outline the benefits of becoming IPC certified, who can benefit most from this certification, and how you can find the right level of 7711/7721 certification for your needs.
Who Needs an IPC-7711/7721 Certification?
IPC-7711/7721 should not be an introductory certification for hand soldering. Those looking to pursue this accreditation should already be experienced in both Through-Hole and Surface Mount soldering and have good hand/eye coordination with their tools. The 7711/7721 certification is especially appropriate for any supervisors, or those wishing to advance their career to a supervisorial level that want to demonstrate they have the skills to restore expensive electronics to their original production specification or make additional modifications.
To become IPC-7711/7721 certified, you must be able to pass a knowledge-based exam and demonstrate skills and techniques necessary for the reworking and repairing of electronic assemblies. Taking a hands-on class is beneficial to ensure you can perform the work to the high-standards required. The training uses step-by-step process instructions to build upon the knowledge, skills, and abilities already obtained by other IPC Certifications.
Benefits of Certification
In soldering and electrical manufacturing, the IPC is considered the gold standard when it comes to the standardization, assembly, and production requirements of electronic equipment and assemblies. Being an IPC certified soldering technician can provide additional opportunities during your career, as companies who employ IPC certified soldering technicians are trusted throughout the electronics manufacturing industry.
Many employers use IPC certifications as a hiring qualification because it shows you have extensive knowledge of your field and can perform required tasks to industry compliant standards. Several manufacturers provide incentives to complete certification, and your pay could be directly impacted by your level of certification. The instructor level certification will allow you to conduct operator training at a company which gives you additional credibility when seeking a promotion to a supervisory or management position.
What Comes Next
To begin the certification process and help advance your personal career, or educate your current staff, start by finding the IPC-7711/7721 certification class that’s right for you and your team. If you are looking to become IPC certified or would like to schedule group training on-site for your employees, then the knowledgeable professionals at EPTAC are here to support you in your decision-making process.
For over 30 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 19 locations across North America, our solutions and instructional staff provide 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.