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AS9100 Counterfeit parts / Unapproved Supply Training

Aerospace Quality System Courses

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AS9100 Counterfeit / Unapproved Parts Course

Counterfeit parts pose a huge risk for product safety. Counterfeit parts that are not identified can end up on aircraft when they do not meet the required specifications, dependent on the part and functionality, this can cause a system failures that ultimately lead to loss of life.

Even if parts are captured and identified before posing a risk to end users, they still impact the business in terms of liability, monetary losses and damage to your brand.

Counterfeiting is a global problem that extends from classic fakes, like watches and clothes, to sophisticated electronics and vehicle components. With the high value of aircraft parts it is no wonder that counterfeiters would target the market.

One of the biggest misnomers about counterfeit is that the parts are low quality. Its actually the opposite – the parts may be exceptionally well made. However, they will not have the liability and warranty protection that we would expect.

Similarly, good parts can come from bad sources. It is very important that only approved sources are used to acquire aircraft parts. Especially in the distribution space.

By learning to create practices that protect from unapproved sources or counterfeit parts you will be able to protect your brand, and your customers.

Your tutor will guide you through the fundamentals of counterfeit identification, ways of detecting poor suppliers, and what to do if you find them.


This course will help you to understand how to detect and prevent from counterfeit parts. It will also discuss managing sources.

The course is aimed at leaders, managers, supervisors, and operators in procurement and goods in inspection.

It will help protect your brand, customers, and ultimately passengers from fraudulent supply.

Personally, you will be able to demonstrate that you have in depth knowledge of counterfeit parts identification, supplier management, and responsible sourcing. These skills are highly valued throughout the aerospace supply chain, and demand is increasing.

What you will study

Develop an in-depth knowledge of AS9145 and its requirements. What is Advanced Product Quality Planning, and when should it be used? How will Production Parts Approval Process influence your work, and help improve both the product and customer perception? During this course you will learn how.

APQP and PPAP are relatively new concepts within aerospace manufacture. However, these methodologies have been around for many years in the Automotive sector. AS9145 has helped to make both processes suitable for low volume manufacture and complex systems. It is a process that is increasingly being mandated by supply chain managers, particularly in Airbus’s supply chain.

Delegates will be able to:

  • Discuss the purpose and applicability of APQP and PPAP and their importance within the aerospace sector
  • Apply terms and definitions used within AS9145
  • Describe the makeup of a multidiscipline project team
  • Explain the APQP 5 Phase process steps in detail and how they apply to different organizations
  • Demonstrate awareness of the development of control plans for different applications/scenarios
  • Identify PPAP file and submission requirements including customer-specifics

Teaching support

Our tutors are highly experienced aerospace practitioners. They all hold graduate degrees, and are IAQG qualified Auditors. These qualifications are to 9100 Revision D.

Your tutor should be able to answer any relevant questions about the course. They will also be able to comment on best practice, and what is happening in the industry. However, they are there to teach you, and they aren’t allowed to consult on complex problems during the teaching days. This is simply because it absorbs too much time, and can jeopardise finishing the course.


This course is assessed through activities, and engagement with the course material. There is no pass and fail, but if you want to get the most out of the course you will need to engage with the material, activities, and group work.

There is a certificate issued at the end of the course to prove that the course has been attended.

Entry requirements

This is a technical course and so it is very important that your english is not only good conversationally, but also that you can interpret and understand the technical elements of the course.

An understanding of procurement, goods in inspection, or line side inspection.

Find out what your company is already doing to manage these things, and if they have processes read through them.

Preparatory work

Think about why counterfeit parts are an issue?

What would drive someone to buy something that is from an unapproved source?

Is buying counterfeit parts a decision, or can you be tricked? Who is liable if you are found to be supplying counterfeit parts to your customer?

What about your processes – would they detect a fake part, or an unapproved source?


If you have any special requirements please call us on 01902 472 523, or 07958 133357. Alternatively, text 07958 133 357, or use the form located on the Course Registration tab.

We will do our very best to ensure that everyone’s needs are met.

Study materials

All of our delegates are supplied with a copy of the course material, along with the tutors notes.

A loan copy of the standard will be supplied and this must be returned to your tutor at the end of the course.

Computing requirements

There are no requirements for any of our delegates to need access to a computer during this course.

In fact we prefer you not to bring laptops, or tablets into the class room. This helps to focus both your tutor and your delegates on the materials.

There are plenty of opportunities to check telephone messages, and emails during the days. Such as coffee breaks and at the start of break out sessions. We just ask that you be respectful to the tutor and the other delegates.

Things to bring with you

Our tutors will supply all that you need, including materials, pens, and notebooks.

Some people prefer to bring their own pens and notebooks. This is fine.

In some cases we may ask you to provide whiteboards, presentation equipment and flip charts. However, we will arrange this before hand, and we can provide anything necessary to make the course go smoothly.

Course registration

Our courses are mainly delivered on-site as this gives far more relevance to your organisation, and allows more appropriate discussion about the course material in your own context.

Please send your details through to us using the form below and we will contact you about your specific needs.

If you would prefer, simply call our office number and one of our dedicated staff will answer your questions.


This is a 1 day course that is expected to run 0900 – 1600 on each day.


Our prices are flexible depending on your specific requirements. Generally, discounts are available for 3 or more delegates.

Dependant on your individual circumstances, we do have excellent links to grant funding providers. However, this differs by area.

Call our offices

If you would like any further information, or you have a query. Please call our offices on 01902 472523, or 07958 133357. We are available between 8am and 8pm every day.

Enquiry form

Proposed Start Date


Call our offices

If you would like any further information, or you have a query. Please call our offices on 01902 472523, or 07958 133357. We are available between 8am and 8pm every day.

Enquiry form

Proposed Start Date