SMTA Certification

SMT Processes Certification and Six Sigma Greenbelt Courses

For SMT Process and Manufacturing Engineers
The most respected sign of approval in the electronics assembly industry for over 12 years

Each SMTA Certification program is a three-day offering consisting of a 1.5-day refresher workshop on topics in SMT Processes or Six Sigma Green Belt. The program concludes on days two and three with an open and closed book examination.

This is not an entry-level program. Basic algebra will be used in the workshop and examination. This challenging examination requires both written answers and calculations with the intent to enable the attendee to establish competitive credentials as "Certified" by the SMTA in SMT Processes or Six Sigma Green Belt.

Why You Should Participate

Technologies change at the speed of light, and competition and expectations are forever increasing. This comprehensive program will provide the refresher course, study materials and examination allowing you to be recognized as an SMTA Certified Process or Six Sigma Green Belt Engineer.

  • Enhance your stature in our industry
  • Increase marketing value for your company
  • Obtain proof of your knowledge and experience
  • The SMTA Certification program is unique, as it recognizes and certifies the entire SMT assembly process at an engineering level. The title earned by Certified SMT Process Engineers is CSMTPE.

    SMTA Certification "The Certification program was very useful to me, and I could not wait to get back to work and start implementing everything I have learned.
    I would recommend this program to anyone interested."

    SMTA Certified Engineers

    Congratulations to the individuals who have achieved SMTA Certification. Their companies are also to be congratulated for their support of this program. Click here to view the complete list.

    SMT Processes and Six Sigma Green Belt Dates & Locations 2014

    SMT Processes - Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2014 (Rosemont, IL)

    Six Sigma/Green Belt - Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2014 (Rosemont, IL)

    SMT Processes - Oct. 14 - 16, 2014 (Toronto, ON)

    SMT Processes - Nov. 4 - 6, 2014 (Penang, Malaysia)

    SMT Processes - Nov. 11 - 13, 2014 (Guadalajara, Mexico)

    NEW: In-House Certification

    In addition to the regularly scheduled offerings, we can also provide in-house certification! Cut registration costs by 25%, reduce travel expenses and have multiple employees get certified at your own facility. We bring the instructor and materials to you! Contact SMTA director of educational programming Patti Hvidhyld for more details and pricing.



    Registration Fees

  • $1195 SMTA member / $1360 non-member includes test and study guide with refresher workshop.
  • $745 SMTA member / $910 non-member includes study guide and test without refresher workshop.
  • $75 SMTA member / $100 non-member includes just the study guide (no workshop and no test). Study guides can be purchased through the SMTA Bookstore.
  • CANCELLATION POLICY

    Cancellations will be refunded (less a $75 processing fee) if received at least two weeks prior to the scheduled program. Study guides must be returned along with a written request before refund can be processed. Cancellations requested within two weeks of the scheduled program will not be refunded, but may be transferred an alternate employee within the company. Registration fee may also be transferred to a future Certification offering.

    Who Should Attend

    SMTA Certification is intended for manufacturing and process engineers. Additionally, production, design, test and quality engineering personnel, as well as SMT assembly managers who want to confirm their current competence at a fundamental level of overall process technology should also consider participating.

    The recommended prerequisites for SMTA Certification are:

  • Two years of college (or equivalent).
  • 2-3 years of experience in all aspects of SMT, including process optimization.
  • Knowledge of all process and systems steps, including calculations from screen printing and dispensing through test and inspection.
  • Individual Benefits

  • Demonstrate and acquire proof of your knowledge, experience and competency.
  • Learn from face-to-face instruction by industry-recognized leaders and "top-tier" SMTA instructors.
  • Receive recognition in SMTA publications and at a yearly Recognition Ceremony.
  • Initiate opportunity for possible career advancement and benefits at performance reviews.
  • Opportunity for experienced practitioners to take a step back and comprehensively overview the entire assembly process (with no interuptions).
  • Employer and Industry Benefits

  • Encourages companies to stay competitive by ensuring highly qualified personnel.
  • Increases marketability by employing SMTA Certified Engineers.
  • Provides a means to assess the qualifications of engineers hired.
  • Please note, SMTA certification is not a guarantee of an individual’s performance or future success. Certification indicates that an individual has passed an examination designed to test the individual’s comprehension of the minimum body of knowledge relative to the level tested. No other warranties or guarantees are expressed or implied.

    Has it been 10 years already?

    Get Re-Certified!

    No doubt your SMT Processes Certification has been put to good use in the past decade, but what about the next 10 years? Now is your chance to prove that your knowledge is still on the cutting-edge of electronics assembly technology. Re-certification is easy, low-cost, and you can do it right from your computer!

    SMT Processes Re-Certification Online Once you register, you have up to 1 year to complete the online program. Over 5 hours of recorded instruction from W. James Hall are divided into 11 modules each with slides and a quiz on the following updated topics:

  • PCB Basics and Surface Finishes like HASL and ENIG
  • Surface Finishes like OSP, Immersion Tin, Immersion Silver
  • Paste, stencils, printing and how they are interrelated
  • Component placement with a focus on equipment
  • Performance calculations for pick and place machines
  • Reflow soldering, component damage, profile shapes, vapor phase, and oven calculations
  • Wave soldering, selective soldering, and dispensing
  • Testing, defects, and inspection
  • Overall design process to balance and optimize an SMT line
  • Industry-Recognized Instructors

    Jim Hall of ITM Consulting W. James Hall
  • SMTA Processes Certification Instructor
  • ITM Consulting Principal Consultant
  • Over 25 years experience in electronic assembly technology.
  • Experience in developing vapor phase soldering systems and integrating assembly processes.
  • Engineering expertise in process development and integration, fluid and thermodynamics and computer control systems.
  • Written and presented numerous technical papers on SMT for NEPCON, IMAPS and SMTA.
  • Co-creator of the SMTA Processes Certification program.


  • Michael WongMichael Wong

  • SMTA China Processes Certification Instructor
  • Director of Manufacturing Engineering; Emerson Network Power, Embedded Computing & Power
  • Close to 20 years of experience in electronic assembly industry.
  • Bilingual in Chinese and English


  • Ivan CastellanosIván Castellanos

  • SMTA Mexico and Brazil Processes Certification Instructor
  • Indium Corporation, Manager of Technical Services, Latin America CPE
  • Over 15 years in the electronics assembly and manufacturing industry
  • SMTA-Certified SMT Process Engineer
  • Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Bilingual - Spanish and English
  • Ron Lasky of Indium Corporation of America and Dartmouth College Dr. Ron Lasky
  • SMTA Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Instructor
  • Indium Corporation of America Senior Technologist and Dartmouth College Visiting Professor
  • Over 20 years in electronic and optoelectronic packaging.
  • Author of 5 books and numerous technical papers.
  • Holder of numerous patent disclosures.
  • Developer of several new concepts in SMT processing software.
  • 2003 SMTA Founder’s Award Winner.
  • Lean six sigma master black belt instructor.


  • David HuDavid Hu

  • SMTA China Processes Certification Instructor
  • Technical Manager for Indium Corporation
  • Over 10 years in the electronics assembly and manufacturing industry
  • SMTA-Certified Process Engineer and Instructor
  • Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Bilingual - Chinese and English
  • About the Examination Process

    The exams for either program are taken at the conclusion of the 1.5-day refresher workshop. Applicants may choose to take the examination without enrolling in the workshop. The SMTA will issue and mail the certificate within three weeks of the program to applicants who have passed the exam.

    Certification Curriculum

    All applicants must pass a combined open and closed book exam focusing on the following curriculum for SMT Processes or Six Sigma Green Belt.

    SMT Processes
  • SMT Materials Component Placement
  • SMT Components Reflow Soldering
  • Stencil Printing Wave Soldering
  • Dispensing Test and Inspection
  • Line Balancing (Downtime, line design)
  • Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC)
  • Design for Manufacturability (DFM)
  • Design of Experiments (DOE)
  • Problem Solving, Troubleshooting and Failure Analysis

  • * Additional Six Sigma Green Belt prerequisite: Familiarity with elementary statistics. All students will need to bring a laptop computer with a free download of Minitab 15 software.




    Services for Persons with Disabilities
    If special arrangements are required, please contact SMTA at 952-920-7682.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: Do I really need to take the workshop to prepare me for the exam?
    A: We think so, and many past attendees of the program recommend the refresher workshop, as well! Our instructors are consistently rated as "excellent" and we think the hours devoted to attending the refresher will be "time well spent".

    Q: Do the course and study guide cover everything that will be included in the exam?
    A: No, the exam tests your knowledge of the full SMT process. The course and materials provide specific information, but do not cover everything on the test. They will, however, provide assistance in taking and passing the exam.

    Q: How long is the exam?
    A: Each exam should not take more than eight hours to complete.

    Q: What score must I receive to pass the exam?
    A: A score of 70% or higher is required to pass the exam.

    Q: What is included in the registration fee?
    A: Instruction each day, study materials, refreshment breaks, exam, and certificate.

    Q: What is the official title acronym I use once I pass SMTA Process Certification? A: CSMTPE

    Q: Can I use a laptop computer and/or calculator during the exam?
    A: Yes! You will need to bring a calculator to the course. You may also use spreadsheet software on a laptop computer to assist you with problem solving. For Six Sigma Green Belt Certification, a laptop is required.

    Testimonials

    "The SMTA Processes preparation course and exam challenges you while providing practical knowledge that can be applied to actual SMT issues and problems. I regularly use the concepts and calculations learned during the review such as line balancing, downtime, secondary side mounting and others to assist with decision-making. I highly recommend the Certification program to engineers working in the SMT industry."

    "Industry colleagues from other plants now have more respect for me and my company due to my certification."

    "My boss always makes certain to let visiting customers know that I am a SMTA Certified Process Engineer, and then they know they can trust our assembly processes, and our overall ability and knowledge in SMT."

    SMTA Certification Committee

    Committee Chair
    Jasbir Bath, Bath & Associates Consultancy LLC

    Raiyo Aspandiar, Intel Corporation Board Liason

    Steven Chan, Escort Manufacturing

    Miguel Arroyo Colomer CSMTPE, Honeywell International Inc.

    Richard Fine, RMF Design & Manufacturing Inc.

    Felix Gutierrez, Schweitzer Engineering Labs

    W. James Hall, ITM Consulting

    Terry Kocour, Schlumberger

    Ronald Lasky Ph.D., P.E., Indium Corporation

    Scott Penin CSMTPE, Paradigm Contract Mfg. LLC

    Bill Stadler, Ducommun LaBarge Technologies, Inc.

    Charles Swanson CSMTPE, Libra Industries, Inc.

    Carlos Tafoya, AIM

    Geoff Zacour, SMT Industrial Supply Inc.

    Phil Zarrow, ITM Consulting

    Contact SMTA director of educational programming Patti Hvidhyld with any questions or for further information.