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12 PCB007 MAGAZINE I OCTOBER 2019 ing Centers offer train- ing and testing for CSE certification. Another course that might interest you is electrical discharge (ESD) control for elec - tronics assembly. You are probably aware of the risk of ESD and that it can cost the in - dustry up to $5 billion per year. To address this critical issue for our members, we cre - ated ESD control for electronics assembly in collaboration with the EOS/ESD Association. This course covers the causes of ESD, and the steps needed to mitigate its effects when handling, storing, or transport - ing ESD sensitive components in a manufactur- ing facility. This is an online, self-paced course with open enrollment throughout the year. Perhaps you need a fuller understanding of PCB design. IPC recently introduced PCB de- sign fundamentals, a two-part online course featuring a live instructor with more than 25 years of experience in design. Participants will learn to create accurate, IPC-compliant schematics from initial schematic to final layout. Registration for the 2020 courses will begin soon. If you like to browse before you buy, check out IPC's online video training library. With more than 70 video training programs, the li- brary provides the foundational knowledge required for hand soldering, IPC-A-610 accep- tance criteria, rework and repair, components, wire assembly, and more. You can browse all titles, content descriptions, and even view free previews before deciding which course is best meets your professional development needs. The following programs will be added to the library by the end of the year: selective sol- dering, soldering iron tip maintenance, print reading, and surface-mount technology (SMT) component removal. These are only a few of the many courses IPC offers as part of our ongoing commitment to continuous learning. For more information on IPC's educational offerings, visit the "knowl- edge" tab on IPC's website or contact me or David Hernandez, IPC's vice president of edu- cation at DavidHernandez@ipc.org. PCB007 Dr. John Mitchell is president and CEO of IPC–Association Connecting Electronics Industries. To read past columns or contact Mitchell, click here.

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