Acceptability Of
Printed Boards


We are currently teaching Revision K of the IPC-A-600 standard. If you require certification to a previous revision, please contact us.

For maximum savings, purchase your IPC-A-600 electronic standard bundled with your certification at a price 25% less than IPC non-member pricing!


Certification Type

Certified IPC Specialist (CIS):  Anyone responsible for the quality and reliability of bare printed boards. This includes Engineers, Quality Supervisors, Inspectors, and Manufacturing Personnel responsible for quality assurance.  Other great candidates are Purchasing, Receiving/Incoming Inspection, Sales, and Product/Program Managers to ensure hardware meets program requirements.

Certified IPC Trainer (CIT):  Anyone responsible for training, educating, and proctoring Certified IPC Specialists (CIS) for a specific IPC standard.

Certified Standards Expert (CSE) :  A subject matter expert with a high level of knowledge and understanding of a specific IPC standard, or group of standards, and will not conduct training of others.  Manufacturing Supervisors, Product Engineers, Process Engineers, and Quality Engineers with assembly responsibilities should consider becoming a CSE.

Certification Method

Online Training:  All IPC-A-600 online training courses include the certification exam.  Upon purchase, students have 90 days with 24/7 on-demand access to view the training materials as many times as desired.  After students review the online training material and are ready to proceed, ElectroSpec will schedule the certification exam.  Please review the curriculum for more information.

In-Person Training:  All IPC-A-600 in-person training courses are 3-days in duration, include the certification exam, and are offered in-person at our Holiday, FL, USA training center.  Please contact ElectroSpec regarding  course schedule availability prior to purchasing.

Exam Only:  The exam only option, known as “challenge testing,” is offered if a student is re-certifying or already knowledgeable of the IPC-A-600 standard and does not need to take a training course first.  ElectroSpec offers the exam only option for a lower price as compared to the online or in-person training courses.

Exam Language

Certified IPC Specialist (CIS):   English, Chinese, German, Danish, French, Polish, Russian, and Spanish.

Certified IPC Trainer (CIT):  English, Chinese, German, Polish, and Spanish.

Certified Standards Expert (CSE):  English and Chinese.

Exam Location

Remote Proctor (Online):  This is the most convenient, flexible, and value conscious option for students as travel is not required.  Using the IPC EDGE Learning Management System’s “Lockdown Browser,” students are able to take their exam anywhere in the world with an internet connection.  All that is required is a computer or tablet with camera and microphone, but please note that students will need to be able to download and install the “Lockdown Browser” in order take the exam remotely.  With this option, ElectroSpec is able to schedule a student’s exam for whenever they desire to take it.

Holiday, FL, USA Training Center:  This option’s schedule availability is more limited in comparison to the remotely proctored exam.  Students may travel to ElectroSpec’s Holiday, FL, USA training center location and take the exam in-person with a Master IPC Trainer (MIT).  Students will need to bring a computer or tablet to the training center for the in-person exam, however they will not be required to download and install the “Lockdown Browser.”

Electronic Standard

Revision K (released July 2020):   English, Chinese, Chinese (Zhöngwén), French, German, French, and Spanish.

Revision J (released June 2016):   English, Chinese, Chinese (Zhöngwén), French, German, Japanese, Polish, Spanish, Thai, and Turkish.

How It Works:   After purchasing an add-on IPC-A-600 electronic standard equipped with digital rights management (DRM), students will receive a link to download the standard directly from IPC. This process nominally takes 24-48 hours to occur. The electronic standard is for 1 individual license/user, but there is the ability to transfer the license between a single user’s computer at a later time if the IPC DRM Helpdesk is contacted. This ability would allow students to have full flexibility in changing from a personal computer to a company computer, or vice versa, if the situation arises.


Course Introduction:

  • IPC-A-600 Course Introduction

Module 1: Introduction and Cleanliness Testing:

  • Module 1: Introduction (Section 1)
  • Module 1: Cleanliness Testing (Section 5)
  • Module 1: Questions

Module 2: Externally Observable Characteristics:

  • Module 2: Externally Observable Characteristics (Section 2) thru Haloing (Section 2.6.1)
  • Module 2: Edge Board Contacts (Section 2.7) thru Flatness (Section 2.11)
  • Lab 1: Solder Mask
  • Lab 2: Conductor Width and Spacing
  • Lab 3: Annular Ring Land to Hole Registration
  • Module 2: Questions

Module 3: Internally Observable Characteristics:

  • Module 3: Internally Observable Characteristics (Section 3) thru Hole Wall Dielectric/Plated Barrel Separation (Hole Wall Pullaway) (Section 3.1.9)
  • Module 3: Conductive Patterns – General (Section 3.2) thru Solder Mask Thickness (Section 3.2.5)
  • Module 3: Plated Through Holes – General (Section 3.3) thru Solder Coating Thickness (Only When Specified) (Section 3.3.25)
  • Module 3: Plated Through Holes – Drilled (Section 3.4) thru Flare (Section 3.5.2)
  • Module 3: Questions

Module 4: Miscellaneous:

  • Module 4: Miscellaneous (Section 4) thru Silver Film Integrity (Section 4.1.12)
  • Module 4: Metal Core Printed Boards (Section 4.2) thru Flushness of Surface Conductor (Section 4.3.1)
  • Module 4: Questions

Instructor Training Guide (CIT Only):

  • Instructor Training Guide (CIT Only)