The IPC J-STD-001 certification program is a hands-on wire, terminal and hand soldering course designed around the industry standard “Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies”.This training program has a credentialed certification for those completing the hand soldering skills as well as the written standards testing program. It is the industry standard worldwide recognized by many and called out on electronics assembly contracts. There are numerous elements to the IPC-J-STD-001 training program including the hands-on portion and the standards application written portion.
The IPC J-STD-001 training is multifaceted and all-encompassing and is anchored on the IPC-J-STD-001 standard which dictates how things are assembled. The program itself is based on the IPC-J-STD-001 Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies. This standard defines how electronic assemblies inclusive of wires and terminals, should be built. This industry standard is a consensus document put together by end users, consultants, electronic manufacturing providers, suppliers, and board shops. An industry committee then designs the program. IPC the industry standards association administers the program including maintaining the training providers in the industry who are licensed by the IPC to perform the training services. This means the training program is multi-tiered with the master site license holders training instructors who can then administer the program within the various member companies. The credentials are awarded to those students who can demonstrate both application and knowledge of the standards along with being able to demonstrate hand soldering, wire, and terminal preparation skills. The credentials of the IPC-J-STD-001 program are portable meaning that they belong to the student. Each of the certification in the J-STD-001 program is valid for a two year period of time.
The J-STD-001 certification program requires that the student be able to apply the standard to a variety of written test questions. These questions are administered through an IPC training portal. Instruction is done over the 1-5 days, depending on which of the learning modules are required. The testing can be completed in the English language as well as many other languages including but not limited to Spanish, Mandarin, German and others. Instructors will guide the students through the program using examples, samples, videos as well as the IPC-provided materials for the class.
The hands-on portion of the instruction includes several different skills sets including a through-hole set, an SMT set, and wires and terminals set. Each of these hands-on skills is structured similarly. First, the instructor explains the standard for the section at hand. The instructor then goes on to show, usually through a projected image, the method for the assembly [process. The students then go back to their soldering workstations to duplicate the method. This is performed a few times with the instructor providing feedback to each IPC J-STD-001 certification class student’s workmanship. After the student has demonstrated competence the instructor signs off on the demonstration of the workmanship sample. This acknowledgment of the skills is gone through a variety of times. For example, in the SMT lab the following component package types are to be soldered: 0805 resistors, 1206 resistors, and capacitors, 1206 MELF diodes, 0402 resistors, DPAKs, SOIC 14s, QFP100’s and PLCC 20’s. The minimum requirement is that one-half of these hand soldering projects be completed using lead-free solder.
In order to become J-STD-001 certified the time required is (5) days for both the CIS as well as the CIT candidates assuming all of the modules will be instructed and tested on. Re-certification is required every (2) year.