+ Do I need to know how to solder to get certified?

Having the ability to solder depends on which of our trainings you want to take.
The following classes do NOT require previous soldering experience/knowledge:

  • IPC-A-610
  • IPC-A-620

The following classes do require you know how to solder:

  • J-STD-001
  • IPC-7711/7721

If you need to acquire a J-STD-001 or 7711B/7721 Certification and do not know how to solder, we offer 2 or 4-day solder training classes to teach you the basics of proper soldering.

+ Can I pick and choose the modules that pertain only to my company?

Yes, contact us for information about our customized classes.

+ Where can I train?

Soldering.Biz operates training centers in the Seattle, WA area, Portland, OR metro area and Los Angeles, CA region, as well as boasting the ability to offer fully operational training at any facility across the US and Globe.

Our headquarters and primary training facilities are located at:

1211 SE Cardinal Court, Suite #125 Vancouver, WA 98683

877-523-5962

+ What are the benefits of sending my company to / training at your site?

You can send a few people at a time, therefore decreasing the impact to the production and manufacturing floor.

+ How will travel arrangements be taken care of?

Based on the training site you will be attending, we can provide a list of hotel recommendations, directions and general information.
Please call us at 877-523-5962 or send an email request to alex@soldering.biz.

+ What is the difference between certifications and re-certifications?

Certification: In-depth course study that covers the training you are participating in.
Re-Certification: Recap to any updates/revisions within the training and/or industry.

  • Usually 1/2 the training time as certifications
  • Necessary to obtain every 2 years

A 90-day extension may be granted to recertify 90 days before OR after the certification's original expiration date.

+ What does "IPC" stand for?

"IPC" is the "Association Connecting Electronics Industries." They provide an internationally-accepted standard for the electronics and manufacturing industries.

Visit the Association Connecting Electronics Industries website for more information.

+ Where are you located?

Though we have many training sites, we are headquartered in Vancouver, Washington. Our all-inclusive, fully-functioning training Vancouver site is perfect for any company that needs a large, spacious facility, equipped with all necessary training equipment.

+ What is the difference between the IPC-A-610 and IPC-J-STD-001?

The IPC-A-610 “Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies” is the most widely used inspection standard for PWB manufacturing and assembly for commercial electronics. The book is a visual representation of the accept/reject criteria for soldered connections for all classes of manufacturing. The full color specification includes pictures of virtually every type of component interconnection in use today. It clearly describes the minimal acceptable conditions for each interconnection.

The IPC-J-STD-001 “Requirements for Electrical and Electronic Assemblies” is the industry specification for PWB manufacturing and assembly for commercial electronics. The book describes procedures for producing quality soldered connections and reliable electronic assemblies.

+ How should I use the IPC-A-610?

The IPC-A-610 document is designed to be a valuable reference tool for determining quality. Most users keep the document readily available and refer to it constantly. It is widely used as the premier inspection specification, and it is a trainer’s resource for teaching acceptable soldering techniques.

+ Who uses the IPC-J-STD-001?

The IPC-J-STD-001 document is used by virtually anyone involved in producing electronic assemblies.

+ How should I use the IPC-J-STD-001?

The IPC-J-STD-001 document is designed to be a reference source for building and soldering assemblies that include Wires & Terminals Technology, Through-Hole Technology and/or Surface Mount Technology.

+ What is training to the IPC-A-610?

Training to the IPC-A-610 document provides students with a working knowledge of the specification. Properly trained students are able to utilize the document to ensure quality in their own work. EPTAC Corporation is a training center approved by the IPC to certify students in the use of the IPC-A-610 standard.

+ What does certification to IPC-A-610 mean?

Certifying students to IPC-A-610 means that they are officially recognized by the IPC as having achieved a level of understanding of the contents of the specification and a level of proficiency in its use and application.

+ What is an IPC-A-610 Certified Instructor certification?

Certifying Instructors to IPC-A-610 means that they are officially recognized by the IPC as being qualified to deliver IPC-A-610 Certified Specialist (Operator) training.

+ What is an IPC-A-610 Certified Specialist (Operator) certification?

Certifying operators to IPC-A-610 means that they are officially recognized by the IPC as having a working knowledge of the quality requirements set forth in the specification, and being qualified to use the IPC-A-610 standard to ensure quality in their own work.

+ What is training to the IPC-J-STD-001?

Training to the IPC-J-STD-001 document provides students with a working knowledge of the specification. Properly trained students are able to utilize the document to ensure quality in their own work. EPTAC Corporation is a training center approved by the IPC to certify students in the use of the IPC-J-STD-001 standard.

+ What does certification to IPC-J-STD-001 mean?

Certifying students to IPC-J-STD-001 means that they are officially recognized by the IPC as having achieved a level of understanding of the contents of the specification and a level of proficiency in its use and application.

+ What is an IPC-J-STD-001 Certified Instructor certification?

Certifying Instructors to IPC-J-STD-001 means that they are officially recognized by the IPC as being qualified to deliver IPC-J-STD-001 Specialist (Operator) Training.

+ What is an IPC-J-STD-001 Specialist certification?

Certifying operators to IPC-J-STD-001 means that they are officially recognized by the IPC as having a working knowledge of the quality requirements set forth in the specification, and being qualified to use the IPC-J-STD-001 standard to ensure quality in their own work.

+ How do I know which training is right for me?

We understand the difficulties that can go along with selecting the training you need.

For more assistance in selecting the best class for you or your company, please contact us and we'll guide your through the certifications.

+ What is the difference between Instructor and Specialist training?

An Instructor is certified to teach and certify the Specialist version of the same program. A Specialist certification may also be referenced as an Operator certification. Specialists are certified to the criteria but cannot train or certify others.

+ How long is the certification good for?

All IPC certification programs have a 2-year certification period.

+ How will I know when and where I can recertify?

Your certification’s expiration date is printed on your certificate and ultimately it is your responsibility to keep your certification current. As long as EPTAC has your current e-mail, we will send a reminder notice with dates and locations for re-certification classes. Visit our website at www.eptac.com for the latest schedule to be sure you register in advance.

+ Can I attend re-certification after my certification has expired?

Yes. There is a 90-day grace period in which you can obtain an extension to attend a re-certification class. If you exceed your 90-day grace period, we will work with you regarding options to renew your certification but during the lapsed time your Instructor certification is not valid.

+ How can I obtain an extension for my IPC Instructor certification?

Extensions for IPC Instructors must be granted by the IPC. You can e-mail your extension request to certification@ipc.org providing your certification and re-certification details.

+ Can I attend re-certification before my certification expires?

Yes. You may re-certify up to 90 days in advance of your certification date. The expiration date of your new certification will still remain 2 years from the last expiration date.

+ What are the hours of your classes?

Unless stated otherwise in your confirmation letter, all classes are held between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM.

+ What is the difference between an IPC CIS and a CIT certificate?

CIT in this case means Certified IPC Trainer. CIS means Certified IPC Specialist. The CIS training is a general training appropriate for every applicant within the Electronics Industry. A CIT is authorized to conduct CIS training courses and (re)certify CIS participants.

+ What if I am not currently working for a company? Can I still sign up for your classes?

We encourage individuals to enroll for our monthly courses.

+ How long will the course last?

Course length depends on which course you are taking. Course length is listed dependent upon the certification.