Why is IPC training important? IPC accreditation is a vital part of electronics manufacturing and increasingly a factor in hiring and tendering considerations.

Founded in 1957 as the Institute of Printed Circuits, and briefly known as the Institute for Interconnecting and Packaging Electronic Circuits, the IPC is a trade association that aims to standardise the assembly and production of electronic equipment and assemblies worldwide.

Despite being founded and based in the US, IPC standards are recognised across the globe, including in the UK. IPC training and accreditation is an integral part of operating as an electronics manufacturer in the UK.


What are the benefits of IPC accreditation

IPC accreditation and training is a way of showing that you are adhering to all relevant electronic manufacturing advice and guidelines. Recently, more and more employers and customers are asking after IPC qualifications when tendering for work or hiring. IPC accreditation illustrates that:

  • All designs are up to IPC standards
  • Your skill level and knowledge is high
  • Your skills and experience are officially endorsed
  • You are employable
  • You are experienced and knowledgable in commonly recognised electronic manufacturing techniques

For electronics manufacturing and PCB design professionals, IPC training is the best way of reassuring employers and customers of skill level and competence. The benefits of IPC training extend beyond accreditation, however. 

An IPC course can vastly improve and enhance your skill level with new techniques and industry knowledge. On an accredited course you will learn key skills such as new or updated electronics industry standards and quality assurance methods.

Courses run by approved IPC training centres such as Copper & Optic can:

  • Equip you with skills to create better quality work every time, reducing the need for rework and testing
  • Improve your knowledge and skill level
  • Allow you to deal with more complex design scenarios
  • Help you promote yourself to new clients and customers

The electronics manufacture and PCB assembly industry is highly competitive and always changing. Ensuring you are IPC accredited allows you to communicate to potential employers that you and your team are highly qualified and fully compliant.

Copper & Optic runs a fully accredited IPC training course at our headquarters in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Our expert instructors can train you to IPC/WHMA-A-620, IPC-A-610 and J-STD-001 requirements. These are vital IPC (Institute of Printed Circuits) and WHMA (Wire Harness Manufacturers Association) accreditations and are often used as a measure of quality and expertise in numerous critical sectors including aerospace and defence. These industries regard this accreditation as reassurance that quality standards will be met.

Reassure customers and employers that you are upholding the stringent safety standards and are prepared for the ever-changing demands of the industry with our IPC accredited training. For more information, or to book your place on one of our regular IPC training courses, please use our contact form.