NADCAP Certifications

What is NADCAP ?
NADCAP is an unprecedented cooperative industry effort to improve quality, while reducing costs, for quality assurance throughout the aerospace and defense industries. NADCAP is an industry-managed approach to conformity assessment that brings together technical experts from both industry and government in the NADCAP organization.

The NADCAP program is administered by the not-for-profit Performance Review Institute (PRI). The PRI mission is to provide international, unbiased, independent manufacturing process and product assessments and certification services for the purpose of continual improvement, adding value, reducing total cost, and facilitating relationships between Primes and Suppliers. In addition, eAuditNet also contains the online Qualified Manufacturers List (QML), which is a searchable database of certified NADCAP Suppliers.

Procurement can use the QML to research and contact NADCAP accredited Suppliers.

How does NADCAP work?
Prime contractors, Suppliers and Government representatives work together in order to establish requirements for accreditation, approve Suppliers and define operational program needs. This process results in a standardized approach to quality assurance and a reduction in redundant auditing throughout the aerospace industry thanks to a program that:

  • Establishes stringent industry consensus standards that satisfy the requirement of all participants
  • Reduces routine special process audits
  • Conducts more in-depth, technically superior special process audits
  • Improves Supplier quality throughout industry through stringent requirements
  • Reduces costs through improved standardization
  • Utilizes technically superior auditors to assure process familiarity
  • Provides more frequent audits for Primes, fewer audits for Suppliers.


Chemical Processing
Anodizing, Chemical Cleaning, Chemical Milling, Conversion/Phosphate Coating, Etching, Laboratory Evaluation, Paint/Dry Film Coatings, Plating, Stripping, Surface Prep Prior to Metal Bond and Surface Treatment/Passivation.

Thermal Spray, Vapor Deposition, Diffusion Coating Process, Stripping of Coated Parts, Coatings Evaluation, Plating of Coated Parts and Heat Treatment of Coated Parts.

Prepreg/Adhesive Bonding, Metal Bonding, Core Processing and Liquid Resin Processing.

Conventional Machining as a Special Process
For Hole making, Turning, Grinding, Broaching, Milling and Edge Treatment.

Elastomer Seals
The Elastomer Seals Task Group is conducting product audits to demonstrate compliant manufacturing.

Printed Boards, Circuit Card Assemblies and Cable and Harness Assemblies.

Fluid Distribution Systems
Hose Manufacturing, Fittings and Other Machined Components, Couplings, Hose Assembly, Value Added Hose Assembly Distributors and Titanium Tubing Manufacturers.

Heat Treatment
Metal Systems, Heat Treating Process, Heat Treating Equipment, Brazing and Hot Forming.

Materials Testing Laboratories
ISO/IEC 17025 Equivalency (AC7006), Chemical Testing, Mechanical Testing, Metallography (Micro & Macro), Hardness, Corrosion, Microhardness, DTA, Test Specimen Preparation

Non-Conventional Machining & Surface Enhancement
Electrochemical Machining (ECM), Electrochemical Grinding (ECG), Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM), Laser Beam Machining (LBM) and Shot Peening.

Non-Destructive Testing
Magnetic Particle, Liquid Penetrant, Ultrasonic and Radiography.

Two-Part Polysulfide Sealants, Silicones and Fluorosilicones, Polyurethanes, Adhesion Promoters, Coatings and Coating Process, Peel Panels, Shear Specimens and Tensile Bars.

Diffusion Welding, Electron Beam Welding, Flash Welding, Friction/Inertia Welding, Fusion Welding (including Foundry in-process/casting repair), Laser Welding, Percussion Stud Welding, Resistance Welding and Torch/Induction Brazing, Welder/Welding Operator Qualification and Metallographic & Bend Test Evaluation of Welds.