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How Courses are Conducted

All courses are led by instructors with a combined total of 250+ years of experience.

Course Overview

  • Enrollment cost is $2,595.
  • After registration, the student kit (textbook) is mailed, students read chapters 1 to 6 approximately 2 to 4 weeks prior to scheduled class.
  • A 45-minute primer meeting is held the week prior to scheduled class, for online classes to ensure all AV needs are functional and communicate class expectations
  • Scheduled, instructor-led, 40-hour interactive class
  • Following the class, student may take the exam for certification
  • Exam is online, open book, and timed. Students may retest.
  • Certification is recognized by the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA)
  • Classes taught are live onsite, or offered using the Zoom platform, whereby students are required to have appropriate AV equipment: headphones, microphone, camera on a dedicated computer.

Class Format

  • 5 days, 7-8 hours – Review, interaction, and Q&A
  • Class time – Typically, 8am-5pm, (TBD – dependent on student time zones)
  • Lunch break, water breaks will occur as required
  • Flexible class time allowed – If agreed upon or as required per circumstances
  • Instructor reserves the right to review the textbook as they deem appropriate
  • All textbook material might not be reviewed, however, questions may be asked about any subject matter within the book. (Some exceptions – Chapter 7)
  • Students should follow slides, highlight textbook, and ask questions as they arise

Prepare in Advance

It is recommended that registrants become familiar with course material and the following information as best they can, prior to attending the review class.

  • This class is available in several formats: Instructor-led classes live or online
  • Printed Circuit Engineering Professional handbook presents a broad range of technical information that provides the knowledge base for making good decisions in the printed circuit engineering process
  • Review the IPC-2221/2222 standards to provide a framework for application of design and manufacturing information
  • An EDA software tool should be utilized to match all laboratory modules for the purpose of building tool proficiency while learning design competency. This curriculum is tool-neutral with no expressed bias.
  • The lab exercises at the end of each chapter are meant to be suggestions to attempt on your CAD tool. There will be no lab assignments.
  • It is recommended and expected that students have read the textbook and are familiar with course material prior to class. Read Chapters 1 to 6 in advance to prepare for the 40-hour instructor-led review class.
  • Coworkers in the same class have benefited by forming small study groups prior to their training week
  • During the review class only a cursory coverage of Chapter 7 will be provided due to the advanced nature of this content. The basic application of the material in Chapter 7 is covered extensively throughout Chapters 1 to 6.
  • Online classes are typically hosted utilizing a common software platform. Often an optional primer meeting may be organized the week prior to the class for the purpose of ensuring all are prepared and technical issues are resolved. It is highly recommended that online students are prepared with the following AV equipment for best participation: monitor, cameras (on), microphone, and headset.
  • It is assumed that students will attend in an uninterrupted manner. All potential factors of distractions such as cellphones, email, personal or professional workplace environment and any other means of interruptions should be muted for the benefit of all students and instructor during the class sessions.

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