The Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA) has announced it has closed the acquisition of the assets of PCBDesign-Edu, Inc., (dba PCE-EDU, Inc.), including its industry leading printed circuit designer training and certification program. The deal extends PCEA’s position as the leading association for training printed circuit engineers worldwide.

The transaction includes the Printed Circuit Engineering Professional curriculum and related Certified Printed Circuit Designer (CPCD) certification exam, licensing agreements and customer database, among other assets, including the 400-page handbook created by the PCE-EDU founders – Mike Creeden, Stephen Chavez, Gary Ferrari, Rick Hartley and Susy Webb.

“The PCB-EDU founders developed the best training handbook I’ve ever seen for PCB design,” said Mike Buetow, president, PCEA. “There is tight overlap between PCEA and PCE-EDU’s respective missions and approaches. We feel strongly we will be able to expand on the work of the PCE-EDU founders and reach a larger audience for the CPCD curriculum.”

“Training and certification are at the core of PCEA’s strategic plan,” said Stephen Chavez, president, PCE-EDU. “We know the association is the best possible place to take the Certified Printed Circuit Designer credential to the next level.”

For more information about the Certified Printed Circuit Designer program, visit pcea.net/cpcd.