The National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program, or Nadcap, is a global cooperative standards-setting program for aerospace engineering, defense and related industries. The Nadcap Program, which is part of the Performance Review Institute (PRI), was created in 1990 with the purpose of coordinating industry-wide standards for special processes and products. PRI’s mission is “to provide international, unbiased, independent manufacturing process and product assessments and certification services for the purpose of adding value, reducing total cost, and facilitating relationships between primes and suppliers.”
In order to obtain Nadcap certification, you must complete the following steps that apply to your field of testing such as Fluid Distribution Systems (FLU), Heat Treating (HT), Materials Testing Laboratories (MTL), Non-Metallic Materials Testing (NMMT), or Non-Destructive Testing (NDT). There are many benefits to being Nadcap-certified. Showing that your company is Nadcap-certified tells other companies that you are ensuring that the best practices are implemented in your operations. General quality systems are not enough to satisfy requirements in chemical processing, heat treating, welding, coatings, laboratory testing, NDT, painting, and other processes. Nadcap goes much farther in ensuring the quality of specific operations based on best practices. Although receiving Nadcap certification can be a lengthy process, in the end, certifying your company will guarantee more work for your company and happy customers that may very well provide that work in the future.