SMTA Certification ProgramThe most respected sign of approval in the electronics assembly industry
Each SMTA Certification program is a three-day offering consisting of a 1.5-day workshop on topics in SMT Processes or Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. The program concludes on days two and three with an open and closed book examination (SMT Processes) and open book examination (Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.)
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 Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
Why You Should ParticipateTechnologies change at the speed of light, and competition and expectations are forever increasing. This comprehensive program will provide the course, study materials and examination allowing you to be recognized as an SMTA Certified Process or Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Engineer.
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 or Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Engineer for Six Sigma.
Steps to Become a Certified Engineer1. Confirm that you meet the Prerequisites
2. Choose a refresher course date and location
3. Prepare for the exam If you signed up for the refresher course, you will be mailed a study guide
4. Apply for re-certification Certification is valid for 5 years.
Types of Certification
2019 Certification Dates & Locations
SMT Processes - September 24-26, 2019 (Rosemont, IL)
Co-located with SMTA International Conference
Instructor: Jim Hall, ITM Consulting
SMT Processes - October 15-17, 2019 (Melbourne, FL)Held at Mack Technologies - 7505 Technology Drive, Melbourne, FL 32904.
Instructor: Jim Hall, ITM Consulting
SMT Processes - October 21-23, 2019 (Guadalajara, Mexico)Held at Hotel Riu Plaza Guadalajara.
Instructors: Ivan Castellanos, Indium Corporation
2020 Certification Dates & Locations
SMT Processes - June 16-18, 2020 (Neenah, Wisconsin)Hosted at Plexus Corporate Global Headquarters: 1 Plexus Way, Neenah, WI 54957
Instructor: Jim Hall, ITM Consulting
CANCELLATION POLICYCancellations 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 to an alternate employee within the company. Registration fee may also be transferred to a future Certification offering. SMTA reserves the right to cancel any Certification offering with less than 10 registrants.
Who Should AttendSMTA 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.
Employer and Industry Benefits
About the Examination ProcessThe exams for either program are taken at the conclusion of the 1.5-day workshop. The SMTA will issue and mail the certificate within three weeks of the program to applicants who have passed the exam. View a sample question here.
Study Guides Study guides are provided with course registration. However, if you prefer to order a copy before deciding to register for the course, study guides for SMT Processes and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt can be purchased through the SMTA Bookstore.
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.
SMTA Certified EngineersCongratulations to the individuals who have achieved SMTA Certification. Their companies are also to be congratulated for their support of this program.
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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 workshop, as well! For Processes most engineers have gaps in their knowledge and experience of the complete assembly process, the workshop provides comprehensive basic information to help fill these gaps.) Our instructors are consistently rated as "excellent" and we think the hours devoted to attending the workshop 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: Processes: Open Book 2 hour limit, most students take about 1 hour. Closed book: 7 hour limit, most students take about 5 hours
Green Belt: Entire exam is "take home" 7 day limit, most student complete the exam in approximately 8 hours.
Q: What score must I receive to pass the exam?
A: A score of 70% or higher is required to pass the exam (for Processes this is cumulative score on the 2 exams.)
Q: For how many years is my certification valid?
A: 5 years.
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 I use once I pass SMTA Process Certification?
A: Processes: Certified SMT Processes Engineer (CSMTPE)
Lean Six Sigma: SMT Lean Sigma Green Belt Engineer
Q: Can I use a laptop computer and/or calculator during the exam?
A: Yes! For Process Certification 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 or dictionary for language issues. For Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification, a laptop is required.
"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."
"I would like to thank SMTA for organizing the SMT Process Engineer Certification training in Penang, Malaysia. It is truly a valuable training and challenging test for us on the SMT technical aspect and at the same time having the industry recognition." Kong Hui Lee, Cisco Systems (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
"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."
"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."
Services for Persons with Disabilities
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