Category Archives: Certification

The Value and Importance of Training and Certifying Employees

Training, certification and education are central pillars at IPC. John Mitchell, IPC president and CEO, discusses the value of training, certification and education and how IPC’s programs can help grow your business.    

IPC Essentials Preview

A new online course, “IPC Essentials,” designed to enhance knowledge of IPC Standards, the standards development process, and how to use standards, is coming soon to IPC EDGE.

EU Proposes Voluntary Conflict Minerals Scheme

The European Union (EU) Commission’s Trade Directorate has proposed a voluntary self-certification scheme that would set up a “responsible importer” scheme for firms exercising due diligence over commodity supply chain for conflict gold and the “Three Ts” – tin, tungsten, and tantalum and their mineral ores. The voluntary self-certification scheme would require companies to exercise […]

The right answer to the question “Is our company IPC certified?”

At the IPC offices, we frequently get asked how a company becomes IPC certified. At this time, only individuals can receive IPC certification, not facilities or companies. Companies that have employees who have current certifications traceable to an IPC Master Trainer can indicate that they employ individuals trained and certified to IPC-A-610, J-STD-001, IPC-7711/21, IPC-A-600 […]

Smart ideas for protecting intellectual property

Hackers and corporate thieves have helped make information security a topic that can’t be overlooked, especially in competitive fields like electronics. In North America, where many printed circuit board manufacturers target markets like defense and early prototyping, security is more critical than in areas that make high volume throw-away products. For years, the two leading […]

IPC Suggests Congressional Oversight on Three Burdensome Regulations

IPC recently sent a letter to the new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee regarding burdensome regulations in need of Congressional oversight. The letter highlighted three regulations that have or will have a significant impact on electronics manufacturers:  the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed modifications to the Toxic Substances Control Act Inventory Update […]

IPC-A-600 Training and Certification Materials Now Available

The training and certification program for Revision H of IPC-A-600, Acceptability of Printed Boards (including related coverage of Revision C of IPC-6012, Qualification and Performance Specification for Rigid Printed Boards) is now available. Of special note is the restructuring of the IPC-A-600 CIT and CIS exams to incorporate full-color pictures and to eliminate redundancy in […]

Three Cheers for the IPC Technical Committees

IPC President Denny McGuirk’s December 1 Editorial from IPC Intouch It’s been a very bright year for our standards development activities and, as the year draws to a close, I want to make sure our “unsung heroes” get their congratulations and thanks from the IPC staff, members and Board. There is no doubt that the […]

Notes from the IPC Board meeting: What’s in it for you?

IPC President Denny McGuirk’s June 1 Editorial, IPC InTouch The IPC Board asked us in 2008 to generate a comprehensive strategic plan for the future of the organization. We’ve talked about it before, but the focus was global growth and, especially, growing our presence in China. This doesn’t take days or months; it takes years. […]

Is Your Company Having Difficulties with Export Issues such as China’s Conformity Assessment?

A number of U.S. companies have encountered challenges with exporting products and services in to the Chinese market. The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) is seeking industry input for a new project intended to address specific problems U.S. companies are having with “conformity assessment” issues in China. A conformity assessment is the comprehensive term for […]