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52 SMT007 MAGAZINE I DECEMBER 2022 Feature Article by Zenaida Valianu IPC INTERNATIONAL IPC APEX EXPO 2023 is right around the corner and the training groups are assiduously preparing for these meetings. IPC certification programs, built around IPC standards, play a key role in bringing value to the electronics industry. ey are created and approved by training committees consisting 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. There are a few exciting activities for this year's training committee meetings. Our first is the Training Programs Advisory Committee (TPAC) meeting on Monday, Jan. 23. At the beginning of each year, TPAC mem- bers review each training program commit- The Value of Training Committees tee's successes and challenges over the previ- ous 12 months and discuss plans for the next 12 months. is will be followed by the elec- tion of new committee leaders. TPAC lead- ers serve two-year terms which expire in Janu- ary at IPC APEX EXPO. Voting will take place during the meeting and the new leaders will be announced by the end of the meeting. is year, four certification training commit- tees will be revising CIT and CIS training mate- rials to reflect the revisions to IPC/WHMA- A-620, IPC-7711/21, IPC-A-600, IPC-A-610, and IPC-6012: IPC/WHMA-A-620 (7-31FT) Certification Training Committee: Members are currently reviewing revisions to the training materials for the 620E certification program. We are thrilled to be working on yet another revision of the program that not only incorporates the changes in the standard but also enhances the content and overall course design, making it both more attractive and effective to both

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