IPC/WHMA-A-620 Training and Certification Program


IPC/WHMA-A-620 training has been developed to assist users in becoming familiar with wire and cable harness fabrication basics.

The module is optional for both CIS and CIT. CITs wishing to teach a hands-on project would have to complete the extra one day course and complete all the project requirements.

The hands-on CIS training is modular and could be applied to any modular section of the CIS training. The lecture/discrimination module needs to be complete before the CIS candidate receives their certification. The CIS candidate would then only complete the section of the hands-on project that is applicable to the material covered.

IPC/WHMA-A-620, Requirements, and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies aims for excellence in wire and cable harness manufacture and supports lead-free training. It is regarded the industry standard for wire and cable harness manufacture and its installation. Products are categorized and criteria for the following conditions are included: Target, Acceptable, Process Indicator and Defect. This supports the gathering of visual quality acceptability standards for each category. The criteria are reinforced by full-color illustrations.

The standard was developed by the Wire Harness Manufacturers’ Association Industry Technical Guidelines Committee and the IPC Wire Harness Acceptability Task Group of the Product Assurance Committee and represents industry leader consensus.

IPC/WHMA-A-620 defines criteria that are acceptable for soldered, mechanically secured and crimped interconnections, as well as the corresponding restraining and lacing criteria related to harness and cable assemblies.

The program is developed and approved by industry and includes training, certification, and instructional materials. It is available to any company. Thousands of professionals have already been trained to be IPC/WHMA-A-620 Certified IPC Trainers (CIT). The program is technically accurate and comprehensive and provides CITs with materials and instructional plans that have been used to train Certified IPC Specialists (CIS) at all levels. 20,000+ A-620 Application Specialists have been trained, including management, sales teams, and buyers.

This certificate demonstrates the commitment to customer requirements and will assist companies implementing ISO 9001, or any other quality assurance systems, and is recognized and valued throughout the electronics industry.

There are two tiers of instruction in this IPC-A-620 program. Candidates who want to qualify as Certified IPC Trainers are sent to an IPC authorized certification center to receive intensive training on IPC-A-620. Candidates must complete the course and pass the examinations before they are certified. Once qualified, trainers certified by IPC have access to instructional materials that can be used to train Application Specialist.

Certified IPC Trainers participate in a program with 29 instructional hours in a week. An 8-hour hands-on course is also available as an option. The IPC Specialist training is modular and training may be limited to specific topics depending on an individual’s requirements.

All Certified IPC Trainers have access to materials that can be used to conduct Certified IPC Specialist training:

  • IPC certificate of course completion
  • A CD-ROM containing color visuals covering every aspect of the training course and the standard.
  • An instructor guide that can be used to present the Application Specialist training.
  • Acceptance of Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies document
  • The IPC/WHMA-A-620C Requirements

Only Certified IPC Trainers and their companies may buy materials for Application Specialist training from IPC. Certified Trainers may present the course anywhere they want and are allowed to charge a fee for the training.

The Certified IPC Trainer certificate is valid for 2 years. Training for re-certification is available at IPC Licensed Certification Centers.

This Instructor Training Course includes the following topics:

  • Wire and cable dimensioning, tolerances and preparation
  • Stamped and formed contacts
  • Crimp terminations
  • Insulation displacement connections
  • Machined Contacts
  • Soldered terminations
  • Ultrasonic welding
  • Connectorization
  • Splices
  • Marking and labeling
  • Molding and potting
  • Wire bundle securing
  • Co-ax and twin-ax assembly
  • Installation
  • Shielding
  • Testing of Cable/Wire Harness Assemblies
  • Wire wrap (solderless)

To get training and certification, contact a local training center. The training centers with the most complete IPC classroom training programs are listed below on a per continent base.

Africa: SQC-Pretoriahttp://solvedirectelectronics.co.za/
Asia: IPC Chinahttp://www.ipc.org.cn/
Europe: PIEK International Education Centre (I.E.C.)https://piek.international/
North America: EPTAC Corporationhttps://www.eptac.com/
South America: Blackfox Training Institute-Guadalajarahttp://www.blackfox.com/
Australia/Oceania: Australia SMCBA Training Centrehttps://www.smcba.asn.au/

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