BEST’s Protest

Bob Wetterman and the good folks at BEST Inc. are asking long-time online training customers to voice their displeasure over IPC’s decision to no longer allow online IPC-A-610 recertification testing. They have a petition and explanation posted here.

Bob also invites calls to explain the situation: 847-797-9250.

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow