NASF Foundation Training & Education

A Non-Profit Organization that Serves as NASF’s Training Arm

Founded in 2006, the NASF Foundation is focused on three core functions:  ‎education, research, and scholarship. It’s course curriculum and its delivery is tailored to meet the individuals learning style, enhance industry ‎knowledge, and encourage professional advancement.  ‎

As the gold standard in finishing industry education the ‎Foundation is the exclusive grantor of two industry ‎certifications:  Airline & Aerospace Finishing (CAF) and ‎Electroplating & Surface Finishing (CEF), and, based on earning additional certificates, individuals qualify for the Master Surface ‎Finisher (MSF) designation.‎

View the Foundation’s course descriptions and check out responses to Frequently Asked Questions.  

AESF Foundation Publications

The Foundation has identified these “must-have” publications:

  • Theory and Practice of Pulse Plating, Frank Leaman, and Jean-Claude Puippe. Proceeds from this publication directly fund NASF-F programs.
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  • The Advanced Surface Technology: The Authoritative New Surface Coatings Reference, Per Møller, Ph.D. and Lars Pleth Nielsen, Ph.D.
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Personal & Environmental Safety

The topic of Personal and Environmental Safety can’t be discussed enough in our industry.  As the online versions of the Foundation courses roll out, learners will find a module on the very topic.  And new acronym B.I.A.S. – Be Informed, Be Aware, Be Safe has been introduced.   The concept of B.I.A.S. is outlined in two infographics which are available to members for download, printing, and posting in the members-only area

Choose from 4 Study Platforms

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Classroom Courses

Live interaction with a certified instructor in a classroom setting

Web-Based Courses

Live, online interaction with NASF/AESF Foundation instructors and other industry experts

Home Study Courses

Begin a Home Study training program at any time and complete at your own pace

Custom Courses

Custom design a training program to meet your company’s needs with 154 available courses