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




IPC/WHMA-A-620, Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies, has become the most importance process, materials, and inspections standard for the cable and wire harness industry. Developed with support from the Wire Harness Manufacturer's Association, the document and training has earned an international reputation as the source for end-product acceptance. IPC 620 training for associates makes sure that the students can both navigate the standard and understand the concepts that are part of the IPC-A-620 standard. Certification in the IPC-A-620 is valid for a two year period of time.

IPC Certification demonstrates your commitment to continuous improvement of product quality and reliability, and greatly facilitates certification to ISO or other quality assurance initiative. The IPC/WHMA-A-620 Certified IPC Specialist (CIS) course provides individuals with a portable credential that represents their understanding of IPC/WHMA-A-620.


The IPC/WHMA-A-620 Certified IPC Specialist (CIS) course is designed to improve individual discrimination skills, which means to improve accuracy of discriminating between an acceptable or not acceptable cable or wire harness assembly per the IPC/WHMA-A-620 document. This IPC 620 training program is designed for those with at least of a 5th grade level with respect to reading and writing. Associates taking the IPC-A-620 certification training class need to be familiar with different connector terms and EOS/ESD practices. This is a lecture only class and does not include any connector or wire harness assembly as part of the training regiment. See the Wire Harness and Cable Assembly or Wire and Terminals 101 class for hands-on training.

Classes can be taught in the BEST mobile training center, online, at your location or at a BEST training location.


- Be able to reference the IPC/WHMA-A-620 standard to make accept/reject decisions based on the material learned in the IPC 620 certification training class

- Interpret IPC terminology and their definitions

- Earn an overall score of 70% or better on the IPC A620 certification examination for IPC certified specialists (CIS candidates)

Materials Provided
  • IPC/WHMA-A-620 Specification (Buy an IPC-A-620 standard here.)
  • IPC Certificate of Completion

IPC A620 certification at the associates level (CIS) is a portable credential belonging to the associate. The longevity of the training is for two years and consists of 2 mandatory modules as well as numerous other optional modules for the 620 certification program.


MODULE 1 (Required Prerequisite)

  • Introduction/IPC Professional Policies and Procedures
  • Foreword and Applicable Documents
  • Cable/Wire Preparation
  • Measuring Cable Assemblies and Wires
  • Testing Cable Assemblies

MODULE 2 (Optional)

  • Crimp Terminations
  • Insulation Displacement Connections

MODULE 3 (Optional)

  • Soldered Terminations

MODULE 4 (Optional)

  • Connectorization
  • Over-Molding/Potting

MODULE 5 (Optional)

  • Splices

MODULE 6 (Optional)

  • Marking and Labeling
  • Securing
  • Harness/Cable Electrical Shielding
  • Cable/Wire Harness Protective Coverings
  • Finished Assembly Installation

MODULE 7 (Optional)

  • Coaxial and Biaxial Cable Assemblies

MODULE 8 (Optional)

  • Solderless Wire Wrap


  • Open and Closed Book Exams
  • Review of Test Results