Certified Coating Applicator

Coating Applicator Certification

The Certified Coating Applicator certification is designed for experienced industrial coatings applicators. By achieving the Certified Coating Applicator certification, candidates will have a formal, industry recognized certification demonstrating their skills and knowledge to customers and employers.

Who should get this certification?

The Certified Coating Applicator certification is intended for an experienced industrial coatings applicator who is able to work independently. A candidate should have knowledge and experience in surface preparation, cleanliness, environmental conditions, coating mixtures, coating application, and safety.

Step by Step Guide Practical Exam Preparation Guide Written Exam Preparation Guide Authorized Test Sites

How do I get certified?

Step 1: Create a customer profile and agree to liability and candidate agreements

Click here to create your profile or login and follow the prompts to:

  • Read and accept the Liability agreement and candidate guide.
  • Purchase the exam (you must accept the above documents before you will be able to purchase the exam.)

Step 2: Complete the Coating Applicator Written Exam

This exam is computer based and is available at any Pearson VUE testing center.

Once the exam is purchased in Step 1, you will receive two emails:

  • Authorization to Test Email
  • Voucher Email (The Voucher email is your unique one time code to take the exam at a local Pearson VUE Testing center)

To prepare for this exam, please read the Written Exam Preparation Guide.

Get more information in the Step by Step Guide.

You must pass the written exam prior to moving to Step 3.

Step 3: Complete the practical exam

Once you have passed the computer based exam in Step 2, you will receive an email with instructions on how to schedule the practical exam.

To prepare for this exam, please read the Practical Exam Preparation Guide.

  • This exam is offered at multiple locations.
  • You may choose between airless and conventional test methods, however each test site will only offer one option.
  • The cost of the exam is $550 and paid directly to the test site/provider.

Upon successful completion of requirements, the candidate will be awarded a Certified Coating Applicator Certification.

Please contact certificationnew@nace.org for more details

A Candidate Guide is available for reference. The candidate is required to review the guide prior to registering for the exam. Click here to view the guide.

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Certification renewal requirements

  • An approved Recertification application is required every 3 years
  • 1.5 year’s work experience
  • 24 Professional development hours (8 hours per year)
  • Renewal Fee
    • Members - $265 USD
    • Non-Members - $475 USD

Renewal Guide is available for additional information.

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