Frequently Asked Questions

We understand you may have questions regarding the training process; from selecting a class to where you can train, it can sometimes be a confusing process. 

Below are a list of commonly asked questions to help you through the decision-making process. 

If you are needing more assistance, such as deciding which training is right for you, visit our "Help Me Choose" Feature!

Do I already need to know how to solder?

Needing to know how to solder depends on which of our trainings you want to take. 

The following classes do NOT require previous soldering knowledge:

  • IPC-A-600
  • IPC-A-610
  • IPC-A-620
  • 7711/7721

The following classes do require you know how to solder:

  • J-STD-001

If you need to acquire a J-STD-001 Certification and do not know how to solder, we offer 1 or 2-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 Cathy for information on our customized classes.

Where can I train?

Depending on class size, we have the ability of going to your site.  You can also come to one of our all-inclusive sites, located in Los Alamitos, CA or Vancouver, WA. 

Click here more information on our Vancouver, WA site.

Click here for more information about our Los Alamitos, CA site.

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 cathy@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

  • Usually 1/2 the price
  • 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 their site 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. 

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, please visit our "Help Me Choose Feature."

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

Of course you can!  While many of our clients are companies, we offer numerous trainings and certifications to individuals like yourself who are looking to advance their skills.

How long will the course last?

Course length depends on which course you are taking. 

Here are the lengths of each of our classes, including CIS and CIT:

  • IPC-A-610 CIS: 3 days for full certification; 1.5 days for recertification
  • IPC-A-610 CIT: 4 days for full certification; 1.5 days for recertification
  • IPC-A-620 CIS: 3 days for full certification; 1.5 days for recertification
  • IPC-A-620 CIT: 4 days for full certification; 1.5 days for recert
  • J-STD-001 CIS: 5 days for full certification; 2 days for recert
  • J-STD-001 CIT: 5 days for full certification; 2 days for recert
  • 7711/7721 CIS: 5, 10-hour days for full certification; 2, 8-hour days for recertification
  • 7711/7721 CIT: 5, 8-hour days for full certification; 2, 8-hour days for recertification
  • IPC-A-600 CIS: 2 - 3 days for full certification; 1 - 1.5 days for recertification
  • IPC-A-600 CIT: 3 days for full certification; 1.5 - 2 days for recertification

Need Help?

Need help choosing a class? Call and ask for Cathy!

877.523.5962

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