Course Description

Certified Standards Expert (CSE) is someone who can proficiently apply the knowledge and skills required to achieve certain standards in a specific area, but does not typically teach or instruct IPC courses. As a Certified Standards Expert (CSE), you may provide critical interpretation support of the IPC-A-600, interfacing with a variety of positions within your corporation, and serving as an IPC-A-600 expert. You may also support your employer as a CSE, providing critical interpretation support of the standards without the requirements. The IPC-A-600 Certified Standards Expert (CSE) Training and Certificate Course is a three (3) day intensive paragraph-by-paraphrase review of the IPC-A-600 Standard.


After the Course fulfilment, trainees will be subjected to open and closed book written examinations. Prospects for CSE certification must complete three exams:

1) The Enhanced Policy and Procedures Exam,

2) General Knowledge Exam

3) Standard Endorsement Exam.

The General Knowledge Exam consists of 30 multiple-choice questions. It is a closed-book test. The 70 multiple-choice questions on the Standard-Specific exam are open-book. A candidate must finish the exam within two and a half hours.
An IPC-A-600 Certified Standards Expert (CSE) Certification valid for two (2) years is awarded to students who complete this Course. An appropriate recertification course for Certified Standards Expert (CSE) who have achieved their Certified Standards Expert (CSE) certification within the last two years is available to students who have previously achieved their CSE certification.

Who this course is for

  • Anyone interested in becoming a subject matter expert with a high level of knowledge and expertise in a specific IPC standard or group of standards should not offer classes or provide education on IPC standards.
  • The duties of the Certified Standards Expert may differ by organization, but the CSE will be able to:
    • Provide relevant answers to standard-related questions, support various levels of the organization, and, interpreted the standard for their organization.
    • A viewed condition impacts the integrity of a judge’s decisions.
    • Function as the negotiator between the society and IPC staff and/or industry experts on standards questions.
    • Ensure the organisation is updated on the latest standards and best practices from the industry.
    • Send feedback to standards committees on how to update the process for inclusion in the standards.
    • Develop assembly processes by communicating with designers and process engineers.


Module 1 – Introduction

The general content of this compulsory part of the IPC-A-600J applies to all other sections. To be certified to any additional knowledge modules, this module must be successfully completed prior to exams.

  • General Overview
  • Terms and Definitions
  • Acceptance Criteria

Module 2 – Externally Observable Characteristics

The acceptability standards for externally visual requirements of the substrate are presented in this knowledge module.

  • Printed Board Edges
  • Base Material
  • Surface and Subsurface
  • Solder Coatings and Holes Printed Contacts and Marking
  • Solder Mask, Pattern Definition and Flatness

Module 3 – Internally Observable Characteristics

The acceptability standards for externally visual requirements of the substrate are presented in this knowledge module.

  • Dielectric Materials and Conductive Patterns
  • Plated Through Holes

Module 4 – Miscellaneous and Cleanliness

Internal observable conditions of the substrate must meet the acceptability criteria in this knowledge module.

  • Miscellaneous and Cleanliness


On-Site training

If you want to reduce the time spent away from the office, traveling, and the cost of sending people to the class, On-Site Training may be for you. But, this might only be cost-effective for several people. We are not limited to just one type of training, at Ectrotec Training we have both on-site and training centers. For more information on student quantity and material discounts, please contact our business support team.

Discounted Offer

If you have at least five people or want to bring in an open enrollment class in your region or country, Please Contact our Business Support Team for a personal discount. And you will surely be receiving some freebies.

Who we are

EctroTech is one of the largest training centres for the electronics industry in Europe, providing technical training and support for the manufacturing industry to quality people with quality that’s unbeatable. Our clients operate across various industries, including telecommunications, saleable electronics, automotive, protection and security, automotive, railroad, aviation and space, oil and gas, medical, life support, and more. With over more than 25+ years of experience in the manufacturing, testing, and quality inspection of various high ticket industries like Military, Medical, Aerospace, Aircraft, and Commercial electronics and more. From inspection services to ESD services, consultancy, training services and more, we have a wide range of products and services.Content-based open courses are not only customisable, but also engaging and informative. Customised training, on the other hand, are specifically designed to meet your learning demands. The recognition of the training is also high, so the effect will be optimal. We provide training materials, knowledge/skill assessments, solder training kits, IPC materials, and more to help your manufacturing operations succeed.