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 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.
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.
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.
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
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 Certification Committee
Committee Chair Miguel
Colomer, Yamaha Motor Corporation USA
Committee Chair Felix Gutierrez Bueno, Ethicon EES
Jasbir Bath, Bath Consultancy
James Hall, ITM Consulting
Lasky, Indium Corporation
Sanghani, Houston Sigma Technologies
Stadler, Ducommun, Inc.
Swanson, Libra Industries, Inc.
Syverson, Silicon Forest Electronics, Inc.
Tafoya, AIM Solder
Zarrow, ITM Consulting
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.
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 If special arrangements are required, please contact SMTA at 952-920-7682.