Nadcap Certified Metal Platers – What Do They Go Through to Get Certified?
Only serious metal platers jump through all the hoops required to get Nadcap certification. Find out how difficult it is to get Nadcap certified and why you should look for a Nadcap certified metal plater for your next plating job.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Nadcap Certified Metal Platers – What Do They Go Through to Get Certified?Only serious metal platers jump through all the hoops required to get Nadcap certification. Find out how difficult it is to get Nadcap certified and why you should look for a Nadcap certified metal plater for your next plating job. I f you’ve ever gotten any brush plating advice, it’s undoubtedly been to take your parts to a Nadcap certified metal plater. In fact, in some industries you’re actually required to have all of your plating work done by firms who have Nadcap certification. Why? What makes this certification so important? What actually goes into getting a Nadcap certification? You might be surprised to learn just how tough the process is! - It’s long In order to become Nadcap certified, metal platers have to spend months dealing with the Performance Review Institute (that’s the organization solely-responsible for awarding Nadcap certifications). Over the course of those months, plating companies will have to fill out questionnaires, go through audits, submit their quality control manuals to the Performance Review Institute, and take any necessary corrective action – quickly. In fact, the process is so detailed and so lengthy that many plating companies hire consultants to work with them before they even apply for certification. Amazingly, an entire pre-certification industry has popped up out there!
Even the tiniest of mistakes can lead to a denial. Take a look around and you’ll see horrorstories of “flawless audits” except for one miniscule nearly-impossible-to-notice flaw, and theplating company gets rejected. So, the companies who make it to the end truly are the best ofthe best in every respect.- It’s specificNadcap certified metal platers can branch off into a ton of more specific things. It’s kind of likebeing a musician. Sure, you know how to read sheet music, but you specialize in playing onespecific instrument. So, you might find companies that are Nadcap certified gold platers or thathave decided to concentrate solely on being Nadcap certified nickel platers.However, in order to get those more specific certifications, companies have to go throughseparate certification processes.Despite that added pressure, some of the big companies have decided to take it one stepfurther. Since they have larger staffs – and, thus, a wider array of experts – they have Nadcapcertifications in all kinds of things.Now that you know how lengthy and exhaustive the certification process is, that’s even moreimpressive, isn’t it?- It’s ongoingJust in case you didn’t think Nadcap certified metal platers went through enough, consider this –they have to be audited every year! That’s right; the Performance Review Institute re-checksthem once a year. If the company has to make any changes, they have 30 days to do so, andthere are no extensions allowed.And, once a plating company passes its audit, the next year’s audit is scheduled automatically, asdoes preparation for that next audit.These rigorous standards are great for customers. After all, when you’re dealing with highly-sensitive aerospace and defense projects, you can’t leave anything to chance. For the Nadcapcertified metal platers, it means that they have to bring their “A-game” all the time, every time.If they try to rest on their laurels even a little bit, they risk losing their certification – and all ofthe prestige and business that goes along with it.Nadcap certified metal platers definitely deserve your business