The Independent Distributors of Electronics Association (IDEA)

Training Program

IDEA conducts several Training Courses throughout the year that provide orientation to counterfeit mitigation and training based on IDEA-STD-1010: Acceptability of Electronic Components Distributed in the Open Market for preparation for the IDEA-ICE-3000 Professional Inspector Certification Exam. The curriculum offers both lecture and hands-on experience, particularly in examination and the detection of substandard and counterfeit characteristics utilizing both non-magnification and magnification techniques. Seminars are available in both one-day and two-day formats.

The Courses are recommended for a number of professionals within the electronics industry, including management, component engineering, procurement, quality assurance, and inspection personnel. Registrants are not required to be candidates for the IDEA-ICE-3000 Exam.

Note: Successful completion of the IDEA Training Course does not guarantee eligibility for the IDEA-ICE-3000 Exam. Candidates must be employees of an OEM, CM, EMS Provider, or IDEA General Member to meet eligibility requirements for the Exam. All prospective IDEA-ICE-3000 Exam candidates must contact IDEA prior to submitting an Exam application to confirm they have fulfilled all eligibility requirements.

Site-Specific Courses

In addition to public training events, IDEA also offers site-specific Courses. For more information about a private course at your location, please email your inquiry to

Upcoming Training Course Schedule

IDEA offers its Counterfeit Mitigation and Inspection Training Courses in cooperation with EPTAC Corporation. There are both one-day and two-day Training Courses available that focus on IDEA-STD-1010.

To register for any of the courses listed below, contact EPTAC directly at 800-643-7822 or by email. Click here for a printable PDF version of the 2020 IDEA Training Course schedule.

A basic introduction to Counterfeit Medication and to IDEA–STD–1010, including methods for the visual detection of counterfeit and substandard characteristics through a hands-on workshop. A unique opportunity to examine real components with live, on-site microscopic magnification to obtain experience in the visual inspection techniques of IDEA–STD–1010 and learn how to detect counterfeit components firsthand.

$795.00 per person

April 20 Schaumburg, IL
June 11 Peabody, MA
June 22 San Diego, CA
July 20 Seattle, WA
September 5 Toronto, ON
November 9 Palm Bay, FL
December 11 Santa Clara, CA

Develop an in-depth knowledge of the IDEA–STD–1010 “Acceptability of Electronic Components Distributed in the Open Market” standard and a thorough understanding of its contents application and use in the component inspection counterfeit detection process.

$1,295.00 per person

February 7 – 8Peabody, MA
February 22 – 23Toronto, ON
March 5 – 6San Diego, CA
March 15 – 16Palm Bay, FL
May 31 – Jun 1Anaheim, CA
June 28 – 29Santa Clara, CA
August 2 – 3Peabody, MA
September 26 – 27Minneapolis, MN
October 3 – 4Schaumburg, IL
October 9 – 10Anaheim, CA
October 30 – 31Kansas City, MO
December 13 – 14San Diego, CA