The "IPC-7711/7721, Through-Hole Technology (THT) & Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Rework & Bare Board Repair" training and certification class is designed for operators that work with electronic and electrical products, and who are required to be certified to IPC-7711/7721 Standards.  Anyone who is involved in the rework of electronic components, or the repair of printed wiring boards should become certified, including manufacturing assemblers,  technicians, and engineers, etc.

Using the “IPC-7711, Rework of Electronic Assemblies” specifications and the “IPC-7721, Repair and Modification of Printed Boards and Electronic Assemblies” specifications, this 5-day class covers the procedural requirements, tools, materials and methods to be used in removing and replacing conformal coatings, surface mount and through-hole components, as well as the procedures for repairing, modifying and reworking boards and assemblies.

The IPC-7711/7721 Certification class is designed as a comprehensive hands-on training program, consisting of many practical exercises to reinforce the different technologies learned and to provide the students with the opportunity to apply and experience the studied concepts. 

This training and certification has immediate recognition, legitimacy and value throughout the electronics industry. Our instructors are highly qualified, certified, and registered IPC instructors. As a comprehensive and technically accurate program, the IPC-7711/7721 Training & Certification program provides our instructors with high quality materials and detailed instructional plans for successfully training operators.

Students who successfully complete this class will receive IPC-7711/7721 training course materials and are awarded an IPC-7711/7721 Operator Proficiency Certification, which is valid for two (2) years.  Our IPC-7711/7721 “Operator Proficiency” Re-Certification class is a 2-day extensive review of the IPC-7711/7721 Specifications and is designed for students who require to renew their  certification prior to expiration.  The students will participate in a discussion and an overview of the IPC-77111/7721 specifications.  When there are revisions and/or amendments to this standard, students will discuss the applicable changes.  Please feel free to review our IPC7711/7721 “Operator Proficiency” Re-Certification class web page, for further details.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This IPC-7711/7721 Certification class is an advanced course designed as a comprehensive hands-on training program, that requires participants with proficient soldering skills.  Participants should be IPC-A-610 and/or IPC/EIA J-STD-001 certified or should possess adequate soldering ability and have good knowledge and experience in electronics assembly.



1.  Introduction and overview to IPC-7711 & IPC-7721 standards:

  • Introduce the general requirements of component rework and bare board repair

  • Discuss the definitions, terminologies, methods, and techniques used in installation & removal of wire, through-hole components and surface mount components, as well as the requirements for board repair

2.  Wiring rework:

  • Learn the four (4) different types of wire splicing: hook, lap, mesh, and wrap

  • Study the correct tinning, stripping, and splicing of wires for reworking electronic assemblies

3.  Through-hole component rework:

  • Learn to remove axial, radial, and DIP component configurations with continuous vacuum

  • Learn to re-install these components to meet acceptable standard requirements

4.  Surface mount component rework:

  • Learn to remove and replace chips of different sizes and MELF packaged components by using tweezers, special soldering tips, and hot air methods, including pad/land preparation

5.  Leaded surface mount rework:

  • Learn to remove components by using different tools and by applying techniques such as flux application, bridge filling, and soldering wrapping

  • Learn to install with point-to-point soldering, drag soldering, and hot air soldering

  • Learn to refine your precise rework skills with hands-on exercises employing QFP and PLCC packages of 20 mil, 30 mil, and 50 mil pitches

  • Review pad/land preparation

6.  SOT & SOIC (gull wing) rework:

  • Study the different available methods for removal & replacement of SOT and SOIC (gull wing) components

  • Learn to remove components with bridge filling, solder wrapping, and flux application methods with tweezers and with hot air methods

  • Learn to install with point-to-point soldering, drag soldering, and hot air soldering

  • Review pad/land preparation

7.  Printed wiring repair:

  • Learn to repair plated through holes, damaged tracks/conductors, lifted conductors and pads, at the conductor level of the bare printed wiring boards, using the eyelet technique

  • Learn about jumper wiring

8.  Laminate repair

  • Discuss about the laminate base material, at the pure board level

  • Learn to repair with epoxy methods   

9.  Coating material repair

  • Discuss about the procedure to remove the coating material prior to performing the actual rework or repair, including aspects such as conformal coating and the different thermal, grinding and scraping methods  

To ensure the integrity and high quality of our training, we hold small classes with eight (8) students maximum per class.   In this fashion, the student/teacher ratio is low and our instructor can provide more one-on-one time and attention to all students with their hands-on exercises (which they deserve), allowing our training to be more personalized and tailored to the needs of each individual.

Our small, warm classroom size offers a nice, casual, relaxing and comfortable setting and is conducive to your learning.  Our goal is to make your learning experience a worthwhile, enlightening and enjoyable one!  All required training tools, equipment, accessories and materials will be provided to you, for your effective learning.   You simply show up and ready to learn & enjoy! 

Our normal class schedule is 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, although we’re flexible and will be happy to accommodate your special schedule circumstance as best as we possibly can, to ensure your timely training need & requirement.  Also, we offer both on-site and off-site classes to our students, including customized training.  You may participate in our standard classes, which are offered to the general public, that are held off-site at our facility.  And for group training, if you wish, for your convenience, we will be happy to conduct the class on-site at your facility.    

Although the IPC classes are industry-standard certification courses, our instructor understands that your work is important to you and that you want the right training which

meets your specific requirements; hence in addition to IPC’s standard class curriculum, we also offer the flexibility to include additional customized training to address your precise training needs, as necessary.  Simply advise us.  We want to provide you with the best, value-added training available, that is advantageous to you and to your business organization, and we're excitedly looking forward to being of service to you!

Tuition:  $2,170 (plus the appropriate NMGRT if taught in New Mexico), where NMGRT = New Mexico Gross Receipt Tax

"IPC-7711/7721C, Rework, Modification and Repair of Electronic Assemblies" Guide: Required for training (Note: If you already have this guide of the latest revision, please bring it to class for your training use.  Thank you very much.)

Prerequisite:  IPC-A-610 Certification and/or IPC-J-STD-001 Certification or equivalent (Participants  should possess adequate soldering ability and have good knowledge & experience in electronics assembly.)  

Certification: IPC-7711/7721 (valid for two years) - Please click here for an Overview of the IPC Certification & Re-Certification Policies & Procedures for Application Specialist (previously called Operator / Worker Proficiency).

Target Audience: Assemblers, rework operators, technicians, etc. and anyone who is involved in the rework of electronic components, or the repair of printed wiring boards, as well as quality control and manufacturing engineers who desire to expand their comprehension of the rework & repair methods and processes and their associated quality criteria in the IPC-7711/7721 Specifications

Instructor: Lilia Ortega (Certified IPC-A-610 & IPC-J-STD-001 & IPC-7711/21 & IPC/WHMA-A-620 Instructor)

An experienced, highly qualified IPC-certified &NASA-certified trainer and assembly specialist with excellent practical, industrial skills and multiple years of experience and expertise in electronic assembly manufacturing, Lilia, who is fluent in Spanish, is much passionate and dedicated to helping her students acquire the correct necessary skills & knowledge such that they can become proficient in their electronic assembly workmanship, enabling them to efficiently and effectively perform their functions with high quality. In addition to her classroom instructions, Lilia performs electronic assembly on a regular basis.  Consequently, she not only understands the standard classroom lecture materials / theoretical concepts but also possesses the applied, hands-on experience, which in turn, enables her to share these concrete real-world skills with her students in their classroom learning, making our training value-added, practical, and more beneficial.

Related Courses: Solder (Hands-On), IPC-A-610 Certification, IPC J-STD 001 Certification

Hours: 40

Class Size:  4 maximum

Dates: (please click here for our training class schedule)

Times: 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. There is a 1-hour lunch (not included) scheduled from 12 P.M. to 1 P.M. each day. There are two 10-minute coffee breaks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Training Location:

10100 Cochiti SE

Suite A

Albuquerque, NM 87123

(please click here for a map)

What to bring: Pencil and paper for taking notes

What to wear: Casual, comfortable clothes

Inclement weather:  Should we experience inclement weather at any time during the training period, please check our web site at www.skolnik-tech.com or call us at (505) 299-1157 early in the morning on the class date prior to start of class, for instructions regarding the training schedule for that particular class date.  Thank you.

Registration: (please click here to register)

Lodging Accommodation (for our valued out-of-town guests):

Homewood Suites by Hilton Albuquerque-Uptown

7101 Arvada Ave. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Phone:  (505) 881-7300



Should my organization consider IPC training & certification for our associates?

If your organization is involved in electronics manufacturing, you should definitely consider IPC training & certification for personnel who are involved in the production of circuit boards and assemblies. 

Electronics assembly normally involves a great amount of labor-intensive work, such as hand soldering and repair & rework techniques.  Even today, much of an assembly’s quality & reliability depends on the ability and consistency of the skilled operators.  

In 1995, IPC responded to requests for an official industry-standard training & certification program for electronic assembly acceptance, while the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) certification programs were being cancelled.  With so many operators and technicians in facilities around the world, skills, knowledge, as well as experiences, vary vastly, IPC realized that a healthy electronics manufacturing industry was reliant upon standardized training, uniform procedures, and guidelines for everyone involved in lieu of unique, different ways of doing things. 

The IPC programs also greatly facilitate ISO certification, which has become important in international trading.   ISO quality programs require documented training programs, which are successfully fulfilled by the IPC industry-developed training classes.  Today, the IPC training and certification program contributes to the high quality and reliability of electronics assemblies everywhere, including the avionics & aerospace, automotive, and medical electronics industries. 

Many companies have implemented the IPC training and certification program with excellent results, and share the following common beliefs, values, and appreciations for its impressive impact (ref. IPC Review, Oct/Nov 2007 Issue).

“Education and training are critical elements for the success of any organization, particularly in fundamental skills such as hand soldering, electronics assembly, and inspection.   Participation in IPC programs has been crucial for providing standardized, industry-accepted skills as efficiently & effectively as possible.  Our customers expect our operators to be certified to IPC standards and that our product is assembled to the quality levels defined by IPC standards.  Our success with defect prevention and elimination, process control, methodology, and technology leadership is closely aligned with the success of our IPC training & certification implementation.”         

“Participation in the IPC training & certification program allows our company to ensure that practical, beneficial, and standardized training is included in industry-used programs.  Through the use of these programs, consistent training is established that allows employees the versatility to move from one product type to another.  Using industry-accepted programs also assures our customers of the skills and knowledge of our employees.  Quality-build product is accomplished when you empower employees with the knowledge and verification of your customers’ specified requirements.”

“IPC training & certification is vital to our business.  When we approach a new customer, the fact that our people have been trained to IPC-A-610 is a big selling point.  It gives the customer confidence in our ability to provide quality product to the industry’s highest standards.  A key advantage to IPC training is that it involves all of the technicians at once; they all learn together at the same time.  This enhances their ability to work together, collaborate, and support one another’s skills levels.”


Skolnik Technical is also an active member of the ESD Association.