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122 PCB007 MAGAZINE I DECEMBER 2021 Feature Article by Zenaida Valianu IPC IPC certification programs, built around IPC standards, play a key role in bringing value to the electronics industry. Created and approved by industry, the programs are developed by training committees comprised of subject mat- ter experts and trainers from around the world. Committee members volunteer their time and expertise to improve the existing standards- based certification programs and to develop new programs based on industry needs. ese committees support the IPC Education Team in developing, updating, and maintaining the training program materials, and provide indus- try expertise to the development, evaluation, and revision of the certification program. e TPAC Committee advises and sup- ports the IPC Education Team on the devel- opment, maintenance, and implementation of the training programs. is committee also reviews proposals for new training programs and advises IPC on scope, feasibility, develop- ment, and implementation; advises and sup- ports IPC in ensuring compliance of educa- tion programs to national and international standards; and complies with relevant accred- itation requirements. e training committees will meet at IPC APEX EXPO 2022 January 24–25 to discuss program updates and translation activities, and review the feedback received from the industry on the certification programs. ese committees will also explore additional train- ing tools, methods, and/or processes that will enhance the training and learner experience. ere are 45 volunteers who actively partic- ipated in the development of the 610H, 001H, 620D-S and 001H Space and Military Adden- dum certification programs, and 14 volunteers who translated the 610H and 001H programs in Italian and Spanish. ese remarkable indi- viduals will be presented with awards at the Wednesday, January 26 luncheon, in appreci- ation of their outstanding contribution toward the development of the certification programs. Here are the meeting details: V-TPAC Training Programs Advisory Committee, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, January 25 is committee is comprised of all train- ing committee and subcommittee chairs. is closed meeting (by invitation only) will start The Value of Training Committees Zenaida Valianu

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