SMTA Certification

SMT Processes Certification and Six Sigma Greenbelt Courses

SMTA Certification Program
The 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 Participate

Technologies 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.

  • 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 or Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Engineer for Six Sigma.

    SMTA Certification

    Steps to Become a Certified Engineer

    1. 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

    SMT Processes

    Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

    Lean Six Sigma Online


    In-House Certification

    2020 Certification Dates & Locations

    SMT Processes - May 12-14, 2020 (Guadalajara, Mexico)

  • May 12- Course (8:30-5pm)
  • May 13- ½ day of course + exam
  • May 14- All day exam (8:30-5pm)

  • Instruction: English/Spanish
    Test: English
    Instructor: Ivan Castellanos, Indium Corporation

    SMT Processes - June 16-18, 2020 (Neenah, Wisconsin)

    Hosted at Plexus Corporate Global Headquarters: 1 Plexus Way, Neenah, WI 54957
  • June 16- Course (8:30-5pm)
  • June 17- ½ day of course + exam
  • June 18- All day exam (8:30-5pm)

  • Instruction: English
    Test: English
    Instructor: Jim Hall, ITM Consulting

    SMT Processes - October 18-20, 2020 (Guadalajara, Mexico)

  • October 18- Course (8:30-5pm)
  • October 19- ½ day of course + exam
  • October 20- All day exam (8:30-5pm)

  • Instruction: English/Spanish
    Test: English
    Instructor: Ivan Castellanos, Indium Corporation

    Registration Fees

  • $1220 SMTA member / $1385 non-member includes test and study guide with workshop.
  • $75 SMTA member / $100 non-member includes just the study guide (no workshop and no test).


    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 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 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.

    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.

  • About the Examination Process

    The 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.

    Industry-Recognized Instructors

    Jim Hall of ITM Consulting W. James Hall
  • SMTA Processes Certification Instructor
  • ITM Consulting Principal Consultant
  • Over 35 years experience in electronic assembly technology
  • Experience in developing Vapor Phase and Convection reflow soldering systems
  • Engineering expertise in process development and integration, fluid and thermodynamics and computer control systems.
  • Written and presented numerous technical paper and professional development workshops at SMTAI, APEX, and other industry venues
  • Co-creator of the SMTA Processes Certification program.

  • 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
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Bilingual - Spanish and English
  • Hosted record-breaking 34-person dual-language Certification course in Honduras
  • Ron Lasky of Indium Corporation and Dartmouth College Dr. Ron Lasky
  • SMTA Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Instructor
  • Indium Corporation Senior Technologist and Dartmouth College Visiting Professor
  • Over 35 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.

  • SMTA Headquarters
    6600 City West Parkway, Suite 300
    Eden Prairie, MN 55344 USA

    Phone +1 952.920.7682
    Fax +1 952.926.1819