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ProSkill CTG


                                          Counterfeit Component Avoidance Training



DO NOT rely on 3rd Party testing facilities/organizations in place of Counterfeit Component Avoidance Training.   Several companies have fallen prey to this process in their attempts to save money; only to find out many components passed the required 3rd party testing but upon closer examination it was found out the parts were actually USED components pulled from discarded circuit cards.  The Department of Defense and their accepted standard SAE AS5553 states USED components are classified as Counterfeit and are not allowed in DoD equipment.  3rd Party testing is for testing, their process is for a pass/fail result, not for an overall Counterfeit Component Avoidance result.  Proper Training is critical for a COMPLETE counterfeit component avoidance process. 3rd party testing is important and it will give you a pass/fail result, but basic 3rd party testing will not give you the answer if the part is used and a pull. The interesting fact is  most used/pulled components will pass the customers basic required testing, the down and dirty way to prevent Counterfeit Component Avoidance training.  With that said, the Department of Defense's counterfeit component avoidance approved standard SAE AS5553/paragraph 3.1.1 mentions avoidance training is required for all who handle/process grey market components purchased from non-authorized distributors.  Learn how to  detect and avoid counterfeit components using detailed inspection methodology offered by ProSkill CTG.  All avoidance training Programs are based on SAE AS5553, SAE AS6081, SAE AS6171 and SAE AS6462. 

Updated  05-21-22


ProSkill CTG- Course PRO-STD-001

Attn: Rick Stanton

"The ProSkill CTG Counterfeit Component Training course was an eye opener for me. Counterfeit parts are everywhere in the market place and with the training I received I can successfully determine if an electronic part is real or suspect counterfeit. The training also gave me a path forward to improve the Northrop Grumman quality of product that we are contracted to supply to the US war fighter. It is imperative that all primes and suppliers take the ProSkill CTG Counterfeit Avoidance Training course to insure counterfeit parts don’t affect the soldiers that are fighting for our freedom."


John D. Muhlhauser

EA-18G Electronic Warfare Systems

Northrop Grumman Corp.

(516) 346-7786


ProSkill CTG - Course: PRO-STD-001

Dear Mr. Stanton,

"I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the opportunity to host and attend the ProSkill CTG Counterfeit Training and Detection course. As a Program Manager for a Contract Manufacturer that supports Military Contracts that are constantly barraged by obsolescence issues. Understanding this ‘gray market’ and the many ways of counterfeit detection that are now available is priceless information. I have no doubt that my team and I are now armed with the most recent information and a broad understanding of the best methods for the detection of counterfeit parts. Thank you, PRO-STD-001 is a great class that was easy to understand and most enjoyable".


Karena Ganem

EMS Program Manager

Mnemonics, Inc

3900 Dow Road Suite J

Melbourne, FL 32934

321-254-7300 ext 2230

321-255-4697 fax

[email protected]


ProSkill CTG-Course: PRO-STD-001

Attn: Rick Stanton

"I recently attended a Counterfeit Parts Training course by Rick Stanton of ProSkill CTG, their principal instructor. His training really shed light onto the counterfeit parts situation the DoD is facing. Working for a large DoD contractor I was aware of counterfeit parts but had no idea the scope of the problem. Rick helped me learn how to identify when a supplier maybe trying to pass off counterfeit parts, how to identify suspect counterfeit parts, and to flow down stronger terms and conditions reducing the chance of receiving counterfeit parts. I highly recommend anyone responsible for purchasing electronic components at any tier take ProSkill CTG’s Counterfeit Component Awareness and Detection class, PRO-STD-001. You and your organization will benefit greatly".

Chad Blair

Subcontract Administrator

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation Aerospace Systems,

Military Aircraft Systems Division

Ph: 321-951-6084 BB: 321-505-7539 Fax: 321-951-5051 e-mail: [email protected]


"Dear Mr. Stanton:

Thank you for sharing your views with me. Your concerns, opinions and views are important to me and help me do a better job in the United States Senate. Your input on counterfeit electronic components is of much value to me personally and to our country".


John McCain

United States Senator



Dear Rick,

"The PRO-STD-001 course is a must for those organization and professionals that are integrated in the electronics procurement, assembly and inspection/verification process. The course and instructor focused on the various methodologies used today in counterfeiting devices where the past known good inspection techniques would not pick up on the fact that, although the devices look correct, they are in fact counterfeit. The course is designed around the SAE Aerospace AS5553 standard for materials control and the techniques, while following a strict criteria guideline for receiving inspection steps for detecting and testing components purchased through both the franchised and non-franchised distribution channels. Both the instructor (Rick Stanton) and course material guide the students to implementing effective control methodologies within the organization’s Quality Management Systems, while testing the students at the end of the course to ensure that the topics and theory were grasped. From this training, numerous processes and procedures at OnCore Manufacturing Services were updated to reflect the control points in the purchasing process, the material handling and receiving inspection steps within all sites, while having a robust control on questionable devices that are quarantined until proper authentication of the material can be established".

Highest Regards,


ony Batalha

Vice President Corporate Quality & Lean

OnCore Manufacturing Services, LLC


SMCBA was delighted to invite Rick Stanton conduct his Counterfeit Component workshop at our annual conference in Australia. The information he provided to attendees was greatly appreciated by all attendees and some of the comments we received included:

"Rick's presentation was insightful thank you for bringing us such important information for our industry".

"This program exceeded my expectations, the content will help us immensely". "Very informative and comprehensive presentation on the detection of counterfeit products".

"The best workshop I've been to on this subject, I learned so much more today".

"This presentation has been invaluable to my understanding of the nature of this problem and the procedures we can put in place".

"We highly recommend the program to all those in the electronics industry particularly those on the front line involved in protecting their supply chain and product integrity".

Andrew Pollock

Executive Officer Surface Mount & Circuit Board Association



“In this day and age, it’s hard to find a company with a high standard of ethics like ProSkill CTG - They are a reliable counterfeit component training who was highly recommended by an IPC Certified Master Instructor, and now I know why – the quality of service I received was more than outstanding. Keep up the good work Rick!”

Larry Raddatz

Dakota County Community Technical College

Minnesota - USA