Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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It is not possible to make the online exams directly from your office computer. For all IPC exams an IPC trainer (CIT or MIT) must proctor, that is he has to be on site during the entire exam period. For an online test to be made the trainer logs in with his login and after that the student logs in with the login provided by IPC.

No, the IPC-A-610 CIS certifications are individual, personal certifications. There is a separate program however for certification on a company level, which is called IPC Validation Services. Contact the PIEK sales team for more information on these services.

No, for the IPC Help Desk you need a separate login. Click on the Certification Help Desk button in the Portal and sign up for a new account.

There are three ways:

  1. IPC General Inquiries: certification@ipc.org
  2. IPC Certification Hotline: +1-847-597-2982 if you need urgent answers
  3. IPC Helpdesk for CQI and training related issues.

No, you have to use an unique email address for each and every participant.

This depends on the way the contract is set out. If a version is explicitly mentioned than this version stays valid. But if it is stated that the latest version is to be used than this latest one would automatically become applicable. IPC has no fixed guidelines for situations like this.

At the back of every IPC document you will find a “standard improvement form”. Fill this out and sent it to IPC. In the case of an older document make sure you have the correct address (IPC at the moment is in Bannockburn). You might also fill out such a form in digital format (download from the IPC website) and send it by e-mail.

If your customer specifies an IPC standard in his contract this will be applicable for his products. However, customer criteria in contracts or drawings always take precedence on the criteria in IPC standards.

No, apparently this customer is related to the space industry. For this group of products IPC has developed a so called addendum, a document containing supplementary specific criteria. This means that this product is subject to the criteria in the regular J-STD-001F as well as J-STD-001FS (mind the priority however). Remark: J-STD-001FS should not be used in conjunction with J-STD-001E.

You can order all IPC documents from the IPC Web shop.

In this case you should contact PIEK International Education Centre (I.E.C.) by telephone or in writing.

Each certificate has its unique serial ID number and is granted on an individual basis. In the case of a loss please contact PIEK for possibilities of receiving a substitute certificate.

An IPC certificate is valid for 2 years from the day the training has been satisfactorily completed. It is valid through the last day of the month.

Example: you successfully completed the exam on September 9th 2016, your certificate will be valid until the last day of September 2018.

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.

All IPC certificates remain valid until the last day of the month. Re-certification can be accomplished in a 90-day window before the existing certification expiration date, without any consequences for the expiration date cycle, in other words, in this case your new certificate expiration will be exactly two years following the existing expiration date.

Example: your certificate is valid until the end of January 2017. You are re-certified on November 18th 2016. Your new certificate will expire the last day of January 2019.

As long as your certificate is still valid you can request for an extension of up to 90 days. In order to do so contact PIEK, at sales@piek.email. Make sure to supply: your name, certificate id number, existing expiration date and the fact that you are requesting an extension of your certificate. Remember also to schedule a date for the re-certification. Make sure to show the confirmation e-mail (Certification Extension Form) from PIEK and a copy of your certificate on the day of the re-certification. Without this document you cannot get re-certified.

If your certificate is expired, you can’t get re-certified. In this case you will need to attend a certification class.

Only IPC authorized certification centers and/or currently certified IPC trainers may certify people for a certain certification program.

In case of doubt you could get a confirmation on the validity of this organization from IPC or ask the concerned organization regarding the qualification of their trainer for this specific training (does this person have a valid IPC J-STD-001 CIT or MIT certificate?).

PIEK by the way is an IPC authorized training center for all IPC Certifications and employs only certified and experienced trainers.

As long as your certificate is still valid you can request an extension of up to 90 days from IPC. In order to get it request the extension online through https://certification.ipc.org. and enter your Login name and password. Once you are logged in, you can view your certification by clicking on the My Certification Summary and request your extension. Once you click on the request extension link, the website will be updated with an asterisk by your expire date to indicate the extension has been granted and you will receive an auto-generated extension notification via email.  Make sure to bring this extension confirmation e-mail together with a copy of your certificate to the training. Without this document from IPC a re-certification is not possible.

Yes, as long as an IPC-A-600H CIT certificate is valid you are allowed to conduct CIS certification trainings. Actually the certificates do not state the Revision to which a training has been conducted. Of course you have to prepare yourself as a trainer, have the appropriate trainer kit for the J-version available and use it the appropriate way.

Yes, when you create your class in the CQI Portal you can choose between J or H Revision.

No, IPC membership is not required in order to get certified as a CIT.

No, IPC explicitly states in the training program that module 1, on which this exam is based, is a mandatory module in the certification flow. Without the successful completion of this module and the online exam you cannot certify your participants.

No, in the IPC training program it is stated that IPC training materials are only to be used for official IPC certification training courses that lead to acquiring an official, serialized IPC certificate. For all other purposes it is forbidden to use them.