IPC-6012 Qualification and Performance Specification for Rigid Printed Boards Training and Certification Program

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Creating Excellence in Electronics Assembly

The IPC-6012D standard Establishes and defines the qualification and performance requirements for the fabrication of rigid printed boards.

IPC received hundreds of requests from companies worldwide to support this critical standard with a formal training program that recognizes individuals as qualified instructors and Certified IPC specialists. Now, IPC has an industry developed and approved comprehensive training and certification program based on IPC-6012D that gives companies all the tools they need to increase employee skills and performance. With supporting images from the IPC-A-600J, the IPC-6012D program incorporates content from both standards giving the students the technical knowledge to remain highly competitive in today's market.


The IPC-6012 Technical Training Committee has developed an additional, optional CIS module to train the specialist on the differences in the requirements between the base, IPC-6012 document and the additional or changed criteria required when the IPC-6012 Space Addendum is invoked by contract.

The IPC-6012 Space criteria is contained in the CIT material. All candidates who successfully complete the IPC-6012 Certification course will be certified to deliver the optional IPC-6012D Space CIS course.

How the Certification Program Works

IPC's 6012D Training and Certification Program is built on a train-the-trainer instructional model. A company seeking to create an IPC Licensed 6012 Certified IPC Trainer sends their candidate to an IPC Licensed IPC-6012 Certification Center. The training program uses exercises as well as classroom instruction to teach the standard criteria.

IPC's 6012 Training and Certification Program provides individuals with a valuable, portable credential that recognizes their understanding of the IPC-6012. This program is offered as a service to industry, therefore its adoption is not a precondition for any company to purchase the standard or claim that they build product to its requirements.

Benefits of Certification

Those interested in company-wide quality assurance initiatives have an IPC-sponsored program to support their commitment to continuous operations and product improvement. IPC recognition sends a strong message to customers that your company is serious about implementing IPC-6012.

All IPC-6012 Registered Instructors receive the instructional materials for teaching the Operator Proficiency training course, including:

  • A CD-ROM with full color visuals covering all aspects of the standard and training course, student handbook files for royalty-free printing. All reports and forms required for conducting Application Specialist training are submitted via the Certification Quality Initiative (CQI) portal. More information about CQI can be found here.
  • An instructor guide (PDF format) for conducting all the Application Specialist training modules
  • All examinations for all the Certified IPC Specialist Training Modules are conducted through the use of the certification portal.
  • Copies of the IPC-6012 and the IPC-A-600.
  • A student handbook for use in the classroom portions of the course
  • All examinations for all the Certified IPC Specialist Training Modules are conducted through the use of the certification portal.