IPC/WHMA-A-620 CIS is a modular theory based course designed to teach the inspection standards for cable and wire harness assemblies. Successful completion grants the individual with the Application Specialist Certification which allows them to inspect assemblies in accordance with this standard to meet customer needs.
There is 1 mandatory module and 7 optional ones. The optional modules can be chosen depending on company requirements and can be added in if necessary during the 2 year certification period, although the certification on all modules expires at the same time (2 years after the date at which the mandatory module was completed).
The following section provides a breakdown of the content of each of the modules. A multiple choice exam needs to be successfully completed at the end of each module to allow inspection of these subjects.
IPC Pre-course (mandatory)
IPC Essentials:

  • The IPC Essentials training module covers the essential features of the electronics industry, including its history, the development and practical application of standards, and the importance of certification to you and your company. This 2-hour, online course is divided into 5 sections and includes interactive quizzes to help you master concepts and assess your progress.

IPC Enhanced policies and procedures:

  • The Enhanced Policy and Procedures training module provides an overview of the Policies and Procedures that govern IPC Professional Training and Certification. This module covers restrictions, recertification, testing, and other important information contained in revision 6 of the IPC Policies and Procedures document. It also includes instructions on how to access and use the IPC Online Certification Portal.

Mandatory Module
Module 1    (length – approx. 5hrs)  
This module covers all of the following topics:

  • General information about the standard
  • Cable/Wire preparation
  • Measuring cable assemblies and wires
  • Testing cable assemblies 

Optional Modules

Module 2     (length – approx. 3hrs) 
This module covers all of the following topics:

  • Crimp terminations
  • Stamped and formed contacts
  • Machined crimp contacts
  • Insulation Displacement Connections (IDC)
  • Mass termination, flat cable
  • Discreet wire termination

Module 3       (length – approx. 3hrs)
This module covers all of the following topics:

  • Wire preparation, tinning
  • Parts preparation, gold removal
  • Cleanliness
  • Insulation
  • Flexible sleeve insulation
  • Birdcaged wire (soldered)
  • Connection requirements for various terminals – pins, turrets, bifurcated, hook, perforated, solder buckets.
  • Solder requirements for above terminal types

Module 4     (length – approx. 2hrs)
This module covers all of the following topics:

  • Connectorization
  • Molding / Potting


Module 5     (length – approx. 1.75 hr)
This module covers all of the following topics:

  • Soldered splices
  • Splices – crimped
  • Splices – ultrasonic welded

Module 6      (length – approx. 4.25 hrs)
This module covers all of the following topics:

  • Marking and Labelling
  • Wire bundle securing
  • Shielding
  • Cable/wire harness protective coverings
  • Finished assembly installation

Module 7        (length – approx. 2hrs)
This module covers all of the following topics:

  • Coaxial and twinaxial cable assemblies
  • Stripping
  • Centre conductor termination
  • Solder ferrule pins
  • Coaxial connector – printed wire board mount
  • Coaxial connector – centre conductor length – right angle connector
  • Terminal cover – soldering
  • Shield termination
  • Centre pin position
  • Semirigid coax
  • Swage – type connector
  • Soldering and stripping of biaxial or twinaxial wire – low temperature insulation

Module 8        (length – approx. 1.25hr)
This module covers all of the following topics:

  • Solderless wire wraps
  • Number of turns
  • Turn spacing
  • End tails, insulation wrap
  • Raised turns overlap
  • Connection position
  • Wire dress
  • Wire slack
  • Plating
  • Damage