IPC/WHMA-A-620 Training and certification

The IPC/WHMA-A-620 is a training document that documents the relevant aspects of the process of assembling Cable and Wire Harnesses and Cable and Wire Harness elements as well as the relevant requirements for the inspection of these Cable and Wire Harnesses. This training informs about tools and materials to be used during the assembly process of cable harnesses.

Furthermore, attention is paid to the layout of the rooms where this must be done, the correct handling of tools, with regard to cleaning and calibration of tools and how this should be done and the requirements that are applicable.

In addition, a number of chapters discuss the actions that are performed in the production of cable harnesses. Particularly, soldering and crimping on connectors, contacts in connectors and inspection of these connections, are part of this training.

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Tolerances for soldered and crimped connections

How this should be done correctly and what the requirements and tolerances are for soldered and crimped connections. Other chapters and modules discuss the assembly of a cable harness, the installation of a cable harness, the end housing and tests carried out on a cable harness.

These are the main points of this training. For a specific application of cable harnesses there is a follow-up training, an add-on, the so-called IPC/WHMA-A-620 Space module that possibly be can trained as well.

The target group of the IPC/WHMA-A-620 Training and certification.

This training is important for everyone who performs inspections on cable harnesses and cable harness assemblies. Employees who do that during the production of cable harnesses and the final inspection for delivery to the customer, but also for employees who set up processes for this.

This training and this document discuss the tools that should be used, how the tools and materials should be used. This training is also important for employees who are responsible for the processes and who are responsible for purchasing the materials.

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The explanation of the term WHMA for this training.

WHMA stands for Wire Harness Manufacturing Association. This is an American trade union that is specifically focused on the cable harness producing industry.

They have people who are affiliated with this trade union and have started a working group in collaboration with IPC employees and developed this document. They are the founders of this document.

The IPC/WHMA-A-620 Training and certification is interesting for employees of different companies

In general, the companies that conduct this type of training will be wiring harness producing companies. Companies that produce wiring harnesses for their customers in all sorts of fields and for all kinds of applications, from household applications to industrial, military, aerospace, aviation and automotive applications.

This is the main part, but you often also see that these training is attended by people who, within the companies that process cable harnesses in their end product, and use that in a housing and who possibly do the entry control of those cable harnesses or at a smaller, internal level work on cable harnesses. These are the most important target groups.

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Application of the IPC/WHMA-A-620 Training and certification within companies.

What you learn in this training is threefold. First, you learn how to inspect cable harnesses, everything that has to do with cable harnesses (connectors, contacts, fastening parts of cable harnesses). Secondly, you learn which materials and tools you have to work with and how to deal with them, including how to deal with calibration.

Thirdly, part of this training is devoted to cable harness testing, electrical and mechanical testing required for the production of such cable harnesses.


The added value of the IPC/WHMA-A-620 Training and certification.

The added value of this training lies in the fact that employees will be more accurate when making decisions about whether or not a cable harness and its elements meet the standard. Because they have more knowledge of these requirements and standard, they will carry out the inspection of the products more accurately and deliver fewer products that do not meet this standard.

Employees know which tests they have to perform, how to perform and interpret these tests correctly. They also learn the correct handling of tools and calibration. There are several things that come up in this training that are of benefit to the student and the company he / she works for.

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Validity of the IPC/WHMA-A-620 certification

If you have not previously been certified for the IPC/WHMA-A-620 or your certificate has expired, you will need the initial IPC/WHMA-A-620 certification.

This has a validity of 2 years. You must recertify within 6 months before the certificate expires. You have the following options for recertification:

  • IPC/WHMA-A-620 Recertification: full training for recertification
  • IPC/WHMA-A-620 Challenge Test: only the exam
  • IPC/WHMA-A-620 Refreshment of the Standard + Challenge Test

Variant of the IPC/WHMA-A-620 certification

IPC IPC/WHMA-A-620 CIS (Certified IPC Specialist)
This CIS variant is intended for operators

IPC IPC/WHMA-A-620 CIT (Certified IPC Trainer)
This CIT variant is intended for anyone who wants to train operators to CIS themselves

IPC IPC/WHMA-A-620 (Certified Standards Expert)
This CSE variant is intended for anyone who wants to become an expert in the field of the relevant standard. These experts are often used by companies as coordinators to correctly apply the standard within the company.

Upcoming regional IPC/WHMA-A-620 training courses

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07 July 2020IPC/WHMA-A-620GermanWeingarten (Karlsruhe)Quote Request
22 September 2020IPC/WHMA-A-620GermanMünsterQuote Request
27 October 2020IPC/WHMA-A-620GermanSingenQuote Request
10 November 2020IPC/WHMA-A-620EnglishHeerlenQuote Request
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18 November 2020IPC/WHMA-A-620DutchHeerlenQuote Request
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