IPC CID (Certified Interconnect Designer-basic) training2023-10-10T14:00:02+02:00

IPC CID (Certified Interconnect Designer-basic) training

This training is a basic training for the designers. In addition, there is also a follow-up course (advanced course). In this basic training, an upcoming designer (as is sometimes thought) will not be taught how to handle design programs.

IPC CID is very specific and differs per program. We teach a designer to make his designs in such a way that the designs can also be produced and assembled.

Production means in this case the printed circuit board itself, so that the components can be assembled, set up, installed and soldered as well as all other actions that have to be done to ensure that a good and reliable functioning product is produced.

In the past, concepts such as design for manufacturing, design for assembly, design for reliability were often mentioned, making design so that it can be produced and assembled and the product is reliable. This is combined in this training.

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Improving the overall process

Based on a number of IPC documents specific to design, the designer is taught how to avoid errors in his design process to ensure that the electronics can be reliably produced at a later stage.

Actually, improving the overall process. It is also important that a designer gains insight that if he forgets certain things or actions or information that this can lead to problems at a later stage of the process and can ultimately lead to the product being difficult or impossible to produce. Or that all kinds of actions have to be performed in order to make sure that the product functions or that the product can fail or that more waste is produced.

These are a number of things that run through this training as a common thread.


The IPC CID (Certified Interconnect Designer-basic) is for the following target group:

This training is important for people who are already or want to become designers. Especially people who are interested in how to improve their designs, how to avoid mistakes in the designs and how to apply things at the design stage in such a way that well-functioning products can be made.

It is important to realize that mistakes can already be made at the design stage that will have an effect on the end product and we want to try to avoid this by teaching how to do this properly.

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What you learn in this training is that you as a designer can also make mistakes and that you can later cause problems for the end product. Communication improvement between the designer and the employees involved in the production and assembly of the printed circuit boards, is key.

It is important that employees learn to speak the same language and ultimately understand which problems can occur later and how to avoid these problems. For every designer it is important to gain this insight to avoid making these mistakes.

The added value of the IPC CID (Certified Interconnect Designer-basic) training.

The added value lies in the fact that designers who have followed this course have gained a better insight into the product, the production and assembly processes that take place within the circuit board production and the assembly companies. Because they have a better understanding of these processes, their designs will be better aligned with what is or is not possible later in the production process.

Ultimately, fewer products will fall out or end up in waste, which means that the return for the company will be higher and the investment in this course will pay for itself.

Designers become more confident in their work and will make fewer mistakes which will lead to more profit.

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What is the next step after this course?

The follow-up certification of the IPC CID (Certified Interconnect Designer-basic) training.

After this course there is another possibility to participate in the Advanced IPC Certified Interconnect Designer, called CID+. This course goes one step further and elaborates on more complex designs and digs a little deeper into the matter.

More information:

Please do not hesitate to contact us for a complete training program, more information, or other training-related issues. By phone +31-(0)45-5703333, by email support@piektraining.com or request a quote.

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes the PCB to warp?2020-09-29T13:09:48+02:00

The warping of printed circuit boards can be caused by incorrect stacking of the prepreg layers at the printed circuit board manufacturer. This is discussed in the CID/CID+ training.

What do they mean by “high density boards”?2020-09-29T13:03:09+02:00

A “high density board”, translated as a printed circuit board with a high assembly density, is a printed circuit board where the components are placed very close together. Think of a printed circuit board of a laptop, smartphone, iWatch, etc.

What is the difference between a CID and a CID+ training?2020-09-29T13:02:10+02:00

The CID (Certified Interconnect Designer) is the basic training for a printed circuit board designer. The CID+ (Advanced Certified Interconnect Designer) is the follow-up training to the CID training, so for advanced designers.

Is the CID training a practical training?2020-09-29T13:09:14+02:00

No, the CID is a theory training (discrimination course) for which the participants must largely prepare their self at home (by home study).

What do they mean by “fine pitch components”?2020-09-29T13:06:01+02:00

Fine-pitch components are SMD components where the leads are spaced very close together. IPC calls the SMDs fine-pitch from a center-to-center (lead distance) of 0.65 mm and smaller.
There are also ultra-fine-pitch components, which have a center-to-center distance of 0.3 mm and smaller (usually QFPs (Quad Flat Pack), but there are also other types of SMD components).

What does RoHS mean?2020-09-29T13:06:35+02:00

RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) means the prohibition of harmful substances. This means that some toxic / harmful materials may no longer be used in electronic equipment (think of lead, mercury, chromium, cadmium, etc.). These substances are dangerous for the environment and for the people who work with them. The law has entered into force in the EU since July 1, 2006. Since then, all mass products have been soldered lead-free.

How long is the CID / CID+ certificate valid?2020-09-29T13:02:40+02:00

The CID / CID+ certificate has no end date. So it is valid forever.