Certified Coating Applicator

Certified Coating Applicator Certification

Certified Coating Applicator (CCA)

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

Who should get this certification?

The CCA 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.

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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 Multiple Choice (CBT) 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)

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.

  • 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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Renewal requirements

An approved recertification application is required every 3 years. The work experience requirement for renewals for all certifications is one and half (1.5) years for the most recent three (3) year period. Additionally, some certifications have other requirements related to responsibility in charge. 

As you prepare for renewal, you can use the Work Experience/Professional Development Log to keep track of your work experience and Professional Development Hours (PDH’s). Work experience and PDH’s will be submitted in your renewal application. See the certification renewal guide for PDH's requirements.

Certification holders are required to pay a non-refundable processing fee for renewal.
NOTE: NACE reserves the right to return any incomplete applications or those that do not meet the requirements. All application fees are non-refundable. To avoid processing delays or forfeiture of fees, please ensure that the application is complete, meets all the requirements and payment has been received.