New InterCEPT Counterfeit Part Identification Class and Certification Program Launched

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New InterCEPT Counterfeit Part Identification Class and Certification Program Launched

TM-03: Counterfeit Inspection and Testing of Electronic Parts: XRF, Radiography, Decapsulation and Criteria for Acceptance or Rejection

A new class has been added to InterCEPT’s suite of counterfeit inspection and testing of electronic parts study course. TM-03 provides an in-depth discussion of XRF, radiography and decapsulation associated with detecting counterfeit electronic parts. It references the SAE AS6171 requirements for external visual inspection and includes video footage and images from a test lab to help the student understand how these tests are performed. Device images are reviewed so that the student can recognize the indicators of counterfeit or sub-standard electronic components and understand the criteria for acceptance and rejection.

The course covers:
  • Overview of Test Methods
    • XRF – X-Ray Fluorescence
    • Radiography
    • Decapsulation
  • Equipment needed
  • How to perform the test, including on-site video and step-by-step instructions
    • Criteria for Acceptance
    • Criteria for Rejection
  • Content of Test Reports
  • Additional Considerations:
    • Equipment costs
    • Training considerations
    • Outsourcing the test
Students completing the class will:
  • Understand the terminology for XRF – X-Ray Fluorescence, radiography and decapsulation while performing counterfeit mitigation testing of electronic parts.
  • Understand how to perform the tests.
  • Understand the criteria for acceptance and rejection.
  • Understand the content of the test report.
  • Assess additional considerations including cost, training and outsourcing options.
The class is best suited for individuals with quality, inspection and testing, purchasing, and sales responsibilities. Students taking TM-03 are expected to have a working knowledge of what a counterfeit part is and where counterfeit parts come from. If you do not have sufficient background knowledge, InterCEPT recommends completion of CF-01: A Historical Overview of Counterfeit Electronic Part Activity: The Risk, Response, and Solution and TM-01: Counterfeit Inspection and Testing of Electronic Parts: Test Methods Overview.

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InterCEPT Visual Inspector 2

InterCEPT has completed a new certification program designed for individual students in the electronics industry who want to take an extra step to further their counterfeit mitigation knowledge. An InterCEPT Certified Inspector 2 (Visual Inspection, Surface Analysis, X-Ray, Decapsulation and XRF) will complete all requirements for an Inspector 1 in addition to the following:
TM-03: Counterfeit Inspection and Testing of Electronic Parts: XRF, Decapsulation, Radiography and Criteria for Acceptance or Rejection; and
TM-04: Counterfeit Inspection and Testing of Electronic Parts: Surface Testing and Criteria for Acceptance or Rejection.
Counterfeit techniques and, accordingly, detection methods and avoidance best practices are constantly changing and evolving. InterCEPT Certification programs are designed to verify an individual’s technical knowledge and skills and provide recognition to the individual’s commitment to quality.

What InterCEPT certification means for you...
  • Provides proof of your skills and knowledge to an employer or potential employer
  • Affirms your competency and dedication to stay informed about the mitigation of counterfeit parts
  • Increased employer confidence and commitment to quality
What InterCEPT certification means for your company...

With millions of dollars lost per year due to counterfeits, the continuous growth of counterfeit parts entering the market has a tremendous effect on all organizations in the chain of supply. Many employers, customers and certification standards now include personnel training requirements. Conventional training and off-site educational opportunities place increasing time, budget and travel constraints on you and your personnel. InterCEPT provides your organization with:
  • Training solutions to meet customer, standards and federal requirements
  • Proficient employees versed in counterfeit mitigation
  • Increased customer, organizational and employee confidence in quality products and services
  • Flexible online classes with administrative tools to easily monitor training patterns
The Certification Process:

Each program has individual requirements. However, all programs will require that a student take a specified set of InterCEPT classes. Once you have completed the classes and have met the eligibility criteria, an application for certification can be submitted to InterCEPT along with any other required documentation. Your application will be reviewed to confirm your documented skills to ensure the credibility of InterCEPT’s certification program. Upon approval, you will receive your training certificate. Please remember that certification is valid for 5 years after which you will need to apply for recertification.

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