This is a 4-day class for students who are required to be certified to IPC-A-610. The class is designed to combine the IPC-A-610 theories (Classes I, II, and III) with our own developed practical hands-on soldering exercises.

For numerous organizations, IPC-A-610 certification is required for anyone who holds a solder certification, who is an inspector, or who examines products and makes accept/reject decisions.  This requirement includes all assemblers, quality personnel, manufacturing & process engineers, and some test technicians & test engineers, as well as design engineers.  Also, with the cancellation of MIL-STD-2000A in 1995, many companies had made decisions to adopt this industry-consensus IPC-A-610 standard; thus the training to IPC-A-610 replaced certification to MIL-STD-2000A.

The IPC-A-610 certification training program is valuable to the electronics industry as it defines a clear, distinct level of training, which is acknowledged and accepted by other users of the program.  Holding an IPC certificate illustrates that the individual had successfully learned a precise set of industry-recognized criteria, which in turn is a terrific starting point for excellent quality quest.

The acceptability requirements of electronic assemblies presented in the IPC-A-610 standard  will be studied in complete detail, including the comprehensive acceptance/reject criteria for handling of electronic assemblies, mechanical assembly, component installation, location, orientation, soldering, cleanliness of assemblies, marking of assemblies, coatings, discrete wiring assembly, and surface mount assemblies, etc.

The IPC-A-610, "The Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies" is the most widely used standard published by the IPC Association, with an international reputation as the source for end product acceptance criteria for consumer and high reliability printed wiring assemblies.   It is one of IPC's certification programs which reinforces discrimination skills -  see it, hear it, read it, write it, apply it, and support the visual acceptance criteria specified in the IPC-A-610 standard. 

An industry-consensus program that includes training, certification and instructional materials based on the IPC-A-610 is now available to your company. This certification will not only demonstrate your commitment to customer requirements but also will greatly assist any company dedicated to ISO-9000 or other quality assurance initiatives.

This training and certification has immediate recognition, legitimacy and value throughout the electronics industry. Over 3,000 individuals have been trained and certified as IPC-A-610 Class "A" Instructors in the first five years of the program. Our instructors are certified as Class "A" Instructors. A comprehensive and technically accurate program, the IPC-A-610 Training and Certification provides instructors with high quality materials and detailed instructional plans for training operators.

The theories will be learned and reiterated immediately by the related hands-on practices. We firmly believe that the hands-on soldering exercises are valuable as they reinforce the theoretical concepts and provide the students with an opportunity to test what they have studied.

Students who successfully complete this class will be awarded an IPC-A-610 Operator Proficiency Certification, which is valid for two (2) years.  Our IPC-A-610 “Operator Proficiency” Re-Certification class is a 2-day extensive review of the IPC-A-610 Specification 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-A-610 document.  When there are revisions and/or amendments to this standard, students will discuss the applicable changes. Please feel free to review our IPC-A-610 “Operator Proficiency” Re-Certification class web page, for further details.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have not had any previous hands-on soldering experience and are unfamiliar with the handling of electronic assemblies and/or with component installation location & orientation, we highly recommend that you initially enroll in our "Solder Hands-On" introductory training class to acquire the basics & best practices of soldering, prior to enrolling in our "IPC-A-610 Certification" training class. This essential knowledge will help to maximize your learning in your subsequent "IPC-A-610 Certification" training with us.


  • Foreword, Terms and Applicable Documents

  • Handling Electronic Assemblies

  • Mechanical Assembly

  • Component Installation Location/Orientation

  • Soldering theories

  • Cleanliness

  • Marking

  • Coatings

  • Laminate Conditions

  • Discrete Wiring

  • Surface Mount Assemblies

  • Testing

  • Inspection Steps

  • Hands-On Soldering Exercise (Please refer to our "Solder Hands-On" training overview) 

  • Graduation (Certification)

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: $1,690 (plus the appropriate NMGRT if taught in New Mexico), where NMGRT = New Mexico Gross Receipt Tax


"IPC-A-610G, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies" Specification Book:  Required for training

Note: If you already have this book of the latest revision, please bring it to class for your training use.  Thank you very much.


Prerequisite:  Our "Solder (Hands-On)" class or equivalent


Certification: IPC-A-610 (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, soldering operators, rework operators, inspectors, electricians, technicians, engineers and managers who desire to expand their comprehension and require the proper explanation and interpretation of the requirements of the IPC-A-610 Specification.


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 J-STD-001 Certification & IPC-A-610 Re-Certification &

IPC-7711/7721 Certification & IPC-7711/7721 Re-Certification


Hours: 32


Class Size: 7 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.”

What is the difference between our "Solder (Hands-On)" and our "IPC-A-610 Solder Certification" Training Classes?

Our IPC-A-610 course is the official IPC-A-610 certification class; however it also includes our own developed additional hands-on solder training segment. It is 4-day seminar, designed to combine the standard IPC-A-610 theories (Classes I, II, and III) with our practical hands-on soldering exercises.

The theories will be learned and reiterated immediately by the related hands-on practices. We strongly feel that the hands-on soldering exercises are valuable as they reinforce the theoretical concepts and provide the students with an opportunity to test what they have studied. Each passing student will be IPC-A-610 Certified and will be provided with a certificate stating such.

Any company that is pursuing ISO-9000 certification should have all assemblers certified to IPC-A-610.

On the other hand, our "Hands-On Solder" training course is a 2-day class, and is designed for individuals who assemble products, which are not required compliance with IPC-A-610 specifications.

This class covers the same basic soldering principles presented in our IPC-A-610 Certification class; however the emphasis will be placed on the actual hands-on soldering techniques in lieu of the textbook theoretical concepts, and the students will not receive the IPC-A-610 certification from this training session.

It is simply intended to introduce & to teach the assemblers, technicians, and engineers the new techniques & best practices of soldering. You will leave this class with enhanced, correct soldering skills!

What is the difference between IPC-A-610 Standard & IPC J-STD-001 Standard?

With the cancellation of MIL-STD-2000 and other Department of Defense soldering/material standards, J-STD-001 is the sole industry-consensus standard covering soldering materials and processes. Produced by IPC and EIA, this standard describes the materials, practices, requirements, methods and verification & acceptance criteria for producing quality soldered electrical & electronic interconnections and assemblies. Its intent is to utilize the process control methodology to ensure consistent quality levels during the manufacture of products.

This standard recognizes that electrical and electronic assemblies are subject to classifications by intended end-item use. Three general end-product classes have been established to reflect differences in producibility, complexity, functional performance requirements, and verification (inspection/test) frequency. It should be recognized that there may be overlaps of equipment between classes. J-STD-001 presents clear & precise requirements for all three standard classes of construction and fully complements IPC-A-610.

Class 1: General Electronic Products - Includes products suitable for applications where the major requirement is the function of the completed assembly.

Class 2: Dedicated Service Electronic Products - Includes products where continued performance and extended life is required, and for which uninterrupted service is desired but not critical. Typically the end-use environment would not cause failures.

Class 3: High Performance Electronic Products - Includes products where high continued performance and performance-on-demand is critical, equipment downtime cannot be tolerated, end-use environment may be uncommonly harsh, and the equipment must function when required, such as life support or other critical systems.

As mentioned above, IPC-A-610 synchronizes to the requirements expressed in other industry consensus documents and is used with the material and process standard IPC J-STD-001. IPC-A-610 does complement IPC J-STD-001; however has criteria outside the scope of IPC J-STD-001 defining handling, mechanical and other workmanship requirements. It is invaluable for all inspectors, operators and trainers as it specifies the industry-accepted workmanship criteria for electronics assemblies, including component orientation and soldering criteria for through-hole, SMT and discrete wiring assemblies, mechanical assembly, cleaning, marking, coating, and laminate requirements, supported and unsupported holes, high voltage applications, jumper wires, etc.

Both IPC-A-610 and IPC J-STD-001 utilize the same soldering acceptance criteria & requirements. However, IPC J-STD-001 primarily focuses on the soldering issues, whereas IPC-A-610 provides a broader application, including mechanical assembly aspects. The two standards balance each other, and many manufacturers use both of them. In particular, the users may specify IPC J-STD-001 since this standard requires controls during their manufacturing process that the end-item inspection standard IPC-A-610 does not address.

In general, when IPC J-STD-001 is cited or required by contract, the requirements of IPC-A-610 do not apply unless separately or specifically required. When IPC-A-610 is cited in conjunction with IPC J-STD-001, the order of precedence is to be defined in the procurement documents.


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