Aerospace Coatings Applicator Training & Certification


FREE WEBINAR: Understanding the Cost of Technical Deficits in Aerospace Coatings Operations

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Over the past few years, ERAU-OPE has been working hard to provide the aerospace industry with a path that will allow their Aerospace Coatings Applicator Specialists to obtain a formal, accredited technical certification. The training and certification program for aircraft paint personnel conforms to the recently published SAE specification AS7489, which defines the requirements necessary to properly train and certify ACAS personnel to an industry-recognized standard. For more information regarding the SAE specification please click on the link below:

Program highlights:

  • 100% Online delivery with asynchronous instructor facilitation
  • Six weeks long, see schedule to the right for current start dates
  • Gain the ability to distinguish the appropriate tools, materials and products for performing routine tasks when preparing or painting aircraft surfaces
  • Learn how to work safely with hazardous materials
  • Get an overview of federal regulations governed by OSHA and the EPA that affect Aerospace Paint

Register now for the Aerospace Coatings Applicator Certification Training course.

Also check out our Aerospace Coatings Inspection course.

We offer a stand alone EPA regulatory course for painting operations to help organizations maintain compliance

Q & A:

Q: Why is a formal certification program for ACAS personnel important?

A: There are many reasons why verifying the knowledge, skills, and abilities of aircraft paint personnel is important. Here are a few:

  • Paint Process Accountability. When ACAS personnel are properly trained and certified to an internationally-recognized, industry standard, then they become accountable for the work that they perform per the credentials they have earned. When you hire a certified ACAS, you are doing so with the peace of mind that he or she knows what they are doing and perhaps more importantly, why they are doing it a specific way.
  • Safety of Flight. There is a direct relationship between structural failures that occur on an aircraft, and the methods used to apply the protective coatings, that prevent corrosion and other sources of airframe fatigue. A properly trained ACAS knows the ways to mitigate the causes of corrosion and other structural failures associated with the paint process. Certification verifies that they know how to distinguish sound processing techniques from those that can potentially create a safety-of-flight issue.
  • Reduced Operational Cost. Certified ACAS personnel know what the root causes of coatings failures consist of. As a result they are cognizant of how to avoid the type of quality escapes that create rework, generate warranty claims, and yield customer satisfaction issues. The Return On Investment associated with the training and certification of ACAS personnel is substantial, and is arguably the most progressive continuous improvement opportunity available to Aerospace Paint Operations today.

Q : How does the training and certification process work?

A: ERAU-OPE offers the training in three main venues:

  1. Online: A six-week self-guided training program that teaches the basic “Course I” requirements per AS7489. The certification of completion from ERAU-OPE serves as proof of formal certification to this requirement because there is no practical examination requirement. This is a great course for not only ACAS personnel, but also for any support roles that want to achieve a better understanding of the Aircraft Paint process. Highly recommended for aerospace paint supervisors, managers, and process engineering roles.
  1. Eagle Vision: Specific Aerospace Coatings training blocks that conform to the Course requirements outlined in AS7489. This option features a live instructor that directly interacts with students, in real time, to teach the theory associated with the aircraft coatings process. Courses are offered in one-week modules and consist of a total of (20) hours of class time. The course schedule is designed to be flexible and there is a minimum two-week lead time upon enrolling with the Office of Professional Education.
  1. Instructor-led: If your organization desires an instructor to be dispatched to your facility to teach the courses outlines in AS7489, ERAU-OPE can now accommodate your request. The Instructor is an industry expert that will facilitate both the classroom and practical portions of the training. Hands-on training requirements can be met using scrap material or in conjunction with your regular production schedule. Please contact ERAU-OPE for lead time and class size requirements. Typically, there is a (6) student minimum and a 30 day lead time associated with this offering.