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.

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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.

  1. Demonstrate and acquire proof of your knowledge, experience and competency.
  2. Learn from face-to-face instruction by industry-recognized leaders and "top-tier" SMTA instructors.
  3. Receive recognition in SMTA publications and at a yearly Recognition Ceremony.
  4. Initiate opportunity for possible career advancement and benefits at performance reviews.
  5. Opportunity for experienced practitioners to take a step back and comprehensively overview the entire assembly process (with no interruptions).
  1. Encourages companies to stay competitive by ensuring highly qualified personnel.
  2. Increases marketability by employing SMTA Certified Engineers.
  3. Provides a means to assess the qualifications of engineers hired.

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.

Standard Certification

SMTA Member
SMTA Non-Member

Includes test and study guide with workshop.

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In-House Certification

SMTA Member
SMTA Non-Member

Includes test and study guide with workshop.

More Information

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".

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.

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.

A score of 70% or higher is required to pass the exam (for Processes this is cumulative score on the 2 exams.)

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.

Instruction each day, study materials, refreshment breaks, exam, and certificate.

Processes: Certified SMT Processes Engineer (CSMTPE)
Lean Six Sigma: SMT Lean Sigma Green Belt Engineer

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 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 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.


SMT Processes Certification Instructor
SMT Processes Certification Instructor
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Instructor
SMT Processes Certification Instructor - Mexico and Brazil

SMTA Certification Committee

Committee Chair
Miguel Colomer, Yamaha Motor Corporation USA
Committee Chair
Felix Gutierrez Bueno, Ethicon EES
Howard Feldmesser
W. James Hall
ITM Consulting
Ronald Lasky
Indium Corporation
Chintan Sanghani
Houston Sigma Technologies
Bill Stadler
Ducommun, Inc.
Charles Swanson
Libra Industries, Inc.
Kevin Syverson
Silicon Forest Electronics, Inc.
Carlos Tafoya
AIM Solder
Phil Zarrow
ITM Consulting