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Training in Chicago, Ilinois


BEST’s “home” training center is located in Rolling Meadows, IL, right outside of Chicago. The center is a Master IPC Training facility offering certifications for both Certified IPC Specialists' (CIS) and Certified IPC Trainers' (CIT). In addition to IPC certifications, BEST offers custom solder training course. To view all of the courses that BEST has to offer, CLICK HERE.

The BEST headquarters near Chicago features a professionally outfitted state-of-the-art training center featuring the latest in soldering equipment. Additionally, each workstation fearures LCD screens that display what the instuctor is showing under the microscope.

To view the training schedule for Chicago, click here.

Where is the Training Center?

Located in the northwest suburb of Rolling Meadows, BESTs’ solder training and certification center is centrally located. The center is a 20 minute ride from the one of the busiest airports in the world, Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The center is also about 40 minutes away from downtown Chicago, IL.


What to Do in the Area?

Chicago is a world class destination. It is large in this sense, yet approachable and very diverse in its' neighborhoods.

The great city of Chicago offers something for everyone – from world-class shopping, fine art galleries, architecture, museums and theatre, to unique neighborhoods rich in distinctive cultural heritage. All along the lakefront, Chicago is bustling with things for you to do. The Chicagoland suburbs offer many attractions as well such as riverboat casinos, amusement parks, and sports/entertainment venues.

So what would you like to do while visiting Chicago? We recommend spending a day at Navy Pier or taking a lakefront boat tour. Also, no visit to Chicago is complete without a Chicago River Architecture Cruise or Lake Michigan Skyline Tours. you could try shopping on the Magnificent Mile too. Visit the city’s museum campuses which include the Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum, or the Art Institute of Chicago for an experience that is both fun and educational. Don’t forget that Chicago is known for its terrific dining experiences. At some point during your trip, you’ll want to try a Chicago hotdog, beef sandwich, or deep-dish pizza!


Hotels & Transportation

O‘Hare International Airport is approximately 20 minutes from BEST and Midway Airport is approximately 50 minutes away.

BEST has negotiated a corporate rate with some nearby hotels.
Ask for the Special BEST Inc corporate rate when you call.


Holiday Inn & Holiday Inn Express            Quality Inn                           Hyatt Regency Schaumburg
3405 Algonquin Road                               600 N. Martingale Road        1800 E. Goldf Road
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008                       Schaumburg, IL 60173          Schaumburg, IL 60173
847-506-4102                                         847-517-7737                       847-605-1234
Holiday Inn Express                                Country Inn & Suites
1550 E. Dundee Road                             1401 N. Roselle Road
Palatine, IL 60074                                   Schaumburg, IL 60195
847-934-4900                                          847-839-1010
To book a space in a class or to ask questions about customized training, please contact BEST at 847-797-9250 or email Alex Conley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


"We appreciate the valuable training you offer at reasonable prices and look forward to working with you again." Jabil
"I just wanted to let you know that we were very pleased with our trainer. He did a great job, really worked with everyone to ensure that they understood the material. We were able to get 4 of the employees who attended the training." Watlow Controls
"Norm used association learning methods that kept the lessons and topics easy to understand, and for those of us with no prior experience, it made us feel comfortable and like we could do anything! The instructor's positive personality and "can do" attitude went a long way with not only me, but many of the other students in the class." BAE Systems

"I can truly say that your instructor was the best instructor I have ever attended. I have been soldering from grade school until present, over 50 years, no one has taught the skills and techniques of soldering with the ability of your instructor has taught this class at NVESD. I had fun and learned new techniques every day, I usually damage several electronic boards every time I do rework but the techniques, your instructor taught in this class, gives me the confidence and understanding for soldering I have never experienced and as a result I may not damage another electronic board. Thanks!"U.S. Army

"I appreciate all the thought and attention you've devoted to our training project"Terumo Heart

"The instructor did a great job. Thank you for the fast and personal service." - Returns Management Inc.

"I had 4 engineers who have very little experience soldering in this class and one who attended the class taught two years ago; all of them were amazed at how easy the class was to comprehend and at their ability to do the hands on soldering skills."Phillips Medical

"I am certified through BEST for 610, J-STD and CIT. Norman was my instructor for all of them. Thank YOU for my great training" - Bryan-IPC Midwest Soldering champion


"I know (we) were really happy with your training and should (we) or any of our other clients require future soldering training we will definitely contact BEST!" -ATK

"Space is always a critical issue, as are travel costs for students. BEST has the equipment, space and the ability to travel directly to our sites to provide high quality training."Vision Tech

"BEST has taught our technicians and our trainers the newest soldering and desoldering technologies out there. BEST also brought a refreshing perspective on our current procedures, which helps to reduce our cycle times and costs"Motorola

"We spend our time doing what we do best, and let BEST do what they do best."Mitsubishi

"...over time we will be able to better quantify the affect (due to the training) through reduced occurrence of out-of-box failures, reduction of rework caused by workmanship errors, and the reduction of scrap caused by workmanship errors. We highly recommend BEST."Hand Held Products, Inc.

"Thank YOU for my great training! Thank you for all your help!"Camtek

"I wanted to pass along that the trainees are raving about James and how much they like him as a trainer. They are really excited about the new things they have learned – even running around and telling other employees -- and our engineer is planning on implementing some process improvements that we have learned from James.
Thanks again for all your support."FRC Component Products

"I would like to inform you that the soldering training class performed by your company was great"Telephonics

"I have been soldering for the government in advanced electronic systems for around 47 years and he honed my skills impressively. I highly recommend BEST, Inc."US Army


  • IPC Training and Courses

    IPC Certification, Solder Training and Consulting

    BEST is an IPC Master Certification Solder Training Center offering Instructor and Operator courses for IPC-A-610, IPC J-STD-001, IPC/WHMA-620, IPC-A-600, IPC-6012 and IPC 7711/7721. We also offer re-certification courses and "challenge" tests. Our IPC Training Division employs some of the most experienced instructors in the industry. We offer customized classes for SMT, Advanced SMT, and BGA Rework classes on-site at your facility or at our headquarters near Chicago, Illinois. All classes are taught by instructors who not only know the material but have also performed the techniques thousands of times on our customer's boards to prove their "real life" effectiveness and reliability. This has resulted in thousands of IPC certifications being granted by them.  Additionally, if you need an outside set of eyes to review your training program, IPC certification program, administer solder tests, or have an independent evaluation of your soldering techniques, use BEST as your resource.


    Assembly Courses

    The IPC J-STD-001 Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies has become the authority for electronics assembly manufacturing. BEST can provide IPC certification training for both operators and instructors. The standard describes materials, methods and verification criteria for producing high quality soldered interconnections. The BEST SMT Assembly Class provides a practical overview of the SMT assembly process while the 101 classes are designed for those unfamiliar with the basics of hand soldering.

    IPC J-STD-001 Certified IPC Specialist (CIS)

    IPC J-STD-001 FS Certified IPC Specialist (CIS) Space Application

    IPC J-STD-001 Certified IPC Trainer (CIT)

    IPC J-STD-001 FS Certified IPC Trainer (CIT) Space Application

    Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Assembly Course

    Soldering 101

    Wires and Terminals 101

    Customized Solder Training

    Inspection Courses

    The IPC-A-610 Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies IPC certification program relies on the most widely-used specification published by the IPC for the electronics manufacturing industry. This publication is a visual document that provides comprehensive accept/reject criteria for the handling of electronic assemblies, mechanical assemblies, component installation, location, orientation, soldering, cleanliness of assemblies, marking of assemblies, coatings, laminate conditions, discrete wiring assembly and surface mount assemblies. If you need IPC certification training for operators or instructors then BEST is your source.Our hands-on inspection course takes those with specification knowledge and deals with the real world challenges of PCB inspection in a hands-on class. 

    IPC-A-610 Certified IPC Specialist (CIS)

    IPC-A-610 Certified IPC Trainer (CIT)

    Inspection of PCBs

    Rework and Repair Courses

    In addition to the IPC certification classes, BEST offers customized classes to meet your specific training needs. All of our classes are in accordance with the latest IPC-7711 and 7721 standards. All of the BEST (non-IPC) classes are approximately 85% hands-on and are designed to dramatically raise the skill set of the student by emphasizing correct soldering techniques. Students are evaluated on their hands-on work, as opposed to an administrative test. This method has been proven to help the student retain the information he/she has learned, and ensure that they can accomplish the rework tasks required for their job function.

    IPC-7711 Certified IPC Specialist (CIS)

    IPC-7721 Certified IPC Specialist (CIS)

    IPC-7711/IPC-7721 Certified IPC Trainer (CIT)

    Mixed Technology Rework

    Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Rework

    Advanced Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Rework

    BGA Rework Systems 

    BGA Profiling

    Rework of Leadless Devices

    Wire Harness Courses

    IPC/WHMA-A-620 is an industry consensus standard for cable and wire harness fabrication and installation used by both military and commercial contractors. Classes of products are defined and include criteria for Target, Acceptable, Process Indicator and Defect conditions to support the collection of visual quality acceptability requirements for each class. Our Cables and Wire Harness Course will provide you with hands-on training not provided in the 620 certification program. Finally, the Wires and Terminals 101 class is for those unfamiliar with hand soldering teaching the students the skills of crimping, stripping, tinning and soldering to terminals amongst others.

    IPC/WHMA-A-620 Certified IPC Specialist (CIS)

    IPC/WHMA-A-620 Certified IPC Trainer (CIT)

    Cable and Wire Harness Assembly

    Wires and Terminals 101

    PCB Inspection (Bare Board) Courses

    The IPC-A-600 specification for rigid printed boards is the standard for PCB workmanship quality. IPC certification training in this program involves learning the acceptance criteria on all types of printed board surface and internal conditions. The knowledge of this criteria is important to both the PCB manufacturer and assembler. Your knowledge will improve your understanding of printed board quality issues while improving communication between you and your PCB manufacturer. In addition, the IPC-6012 IPC certification training program is a comprehensive program that will develop your understanding of design, specifications, fabrication and inspection of printed circuit boards (PCBs). 

    Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Courses

    BEST instructors teach the basic concepts of ESD: how it occurs, proper precautionary measures required to avoid electronic damage to sensitive electronic components, how to control ESD by working in ESD protected areas and workstations, proper mitigation techniques, proper handling techniques and use of personal grounding devices.

    Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Control Course

    Lead-Free Courses

    In addition, BEST offers a hands-on series of lead-free soldering courses for technicians, operators and engineers on a broad array of lead-free soldering topics. Our beginning level lead-free orientation course is intended for everyone in the supply chain from purchasing to program management through receiving. Additional courses are offered in lead-free rework, wave soldering and SMT manufacturing. These courses are intended for process engineers and technicians and are designed as a more in-depth look at the issues in these process areas. Each of the students who participate in this course are required to take a proficiency test and will only get a "passing grade" if they complete the test with 80% correct answers: 

    Lead-Free Hand Soldering Introduction

    Lead-Free BGA Rework

    Lead-Free Mixed Technology Rework

    Lead-Free SMT Rework

    Advanced Hand Assembly for Lead-Free Processes





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