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Q. What is the cost of a specific course?
A. Tuition is found on each course description page. You can navigate there by clicking the “register” button after any of the courses on the course calendar.
Q. When is a specific course being offered next?
A. The course calendar has specific dates for Web-Based and Classroom courses. Web-Based courses take place on pre-determined Tuesdays & Wednesdays between 12:00PM and 2:00PM EST; Classroom courses take place over 2-4 days (add 1 day for optional exam.)
Q. Where can I download the course catalog?
Q. How does a Home Study, Web-Based, and/or In-Person platform work?
A. An explanation of these options is here nasf.org/education/
Q. How do I sign-up for a course?
Q. Do you have any discounts?
A. There are discounts for NASF members; also, employers who sign up 5 or more employees for one course receive a 10% discount on everyone’s tuition. Learn More.
Q. Are the course materials electronic or hard-copy?
A. All course materials are hard-copy and will arrive prior to the start of each course.
Q. Where can I find the curriculum for a particular course?
A. The highlights for each course are outlined in the course description. You can navigate there by clicking the “register” button after any of the courses on the course calendar.
Q. Can I take the exam at a later date and how can I take the exam at my location?
A. Course exams can be taken at your location with a proctor. A proctor is a supervisor who already has a CEF, CAF or MSF designation or someone from human resources who can receive the hard-copy materials by mail, administer the exam, and send the completed materials back to NASF/AESF Foundation for grading.
Q. What are the course requirements to obtain Master Surface Finisher (MSF)?
Q. I’m new to the industry. What’s a good place to start?
A. We recommend a basic course called Plating Essentials, a great introductory course on equipment, chemistry, plating processes and much more. It’s ideal for new hires, new supervisors, sales personnel who work with metal finishers, and those in management who want a non-technical overview course. The web-based version is offered each September; you can also take it as a home study course any time. See page 32 for details. Learn More