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Responding to industry demand and member feedback, IPC created a new certification for company subject matter experts on IPC Standards. Companies need staff that understand IPC Standards at a deep level. The Certified Standards Expert (CSE) will possess a high level of expertise and serve as an in-house expert on IPC Standards. A CSE is not required to train, unlike a Certified IPC Trainer (CIT) who is required to train to maintain their certification.
Candidates may pursue CSE certification for six IPC Standards: IPC-J-STD-001, IPC-A-600, IPC-A-610, IPC-6012, IPC-7711/21 and IPC/WHMA-A-620. Upon certification, CSEs are able to navigate the IPC standard efficiently; identify relevant sections of the standard to address specific questions; act as a subject matter expert on all matters related to the standard; and apply the standard to specific company needs. Certification is valid for two years and is available through IPC’s Licensed Training Centers.
David Hernandez, IPC vice president of education said, “After talking to IPC members and looking at internal data, we realized the need for the CSE level of certification. In the past, if you needed a higher-level of expertise than a Certified IPC Specialist (CIS) you became a Certified IPC Trainer (CIT) even if you didn’t train anyone. Now we offer a comparable certification to the CIT without the training component. A CSE is not required to train.”
IPC has also shifted the training materials to online-only delivery streamlining the registration and fulfillment processes. “The feedback we received from our beta-testing has been very positive and we continue to look for better ways to serve our customers,” added Hernandez.
For more information on the new Certified Standards Expert certification, visit http://www.ipc.org/CSE.