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Welcome to the AESF Foundation, a non-profit organization and an entity functioning as the Educational arm of NASF, the National Association for Surface Finishing. We are governed by our Board of Trustees. Our Foundation's three core areas are EDUCATION, RESEARCH and SCHOLARSHIP.

AESF Foundation was formed in 2006 and it aims to support the on-going needs of our members in the surface finishing industry, nationally and globally. Our Educational Programs are well recognized in the industry. They range from regular Class Room courses, to Custom Courses, and our most popular Webinars. We offer certification, starting from the basic level CEF, all the way to MSF (Master Surface Finisher).

AESF Foundation offers Research Grants to universities and technical institutions to support research work in sustainable technologies and environmentally clean chemistry for the advancement of surface finishing industry.

On Scholarships, the AESF Foundation supports college students from the under graduate through doctoral research in chemistry, chemical and other areas of engineering related to surface finishing. We aim to foster college students' interests to our industry, while providing financial aid for their academic pursuit.

Registration Options

AESF 2016 Course Catalog

Register for all Foundation Courses and Exams online. Simply click "Online Registration" in the left hand menu or the appropriate link under "Course Options" on individual course pages.

The 2016 Course Catalog is available for download as a PDF, which includes a registration form that can be printed and mailed or faxed.

Click here to download the 2016 Course Catalog


Course Materials

Students are provided with a three ring binder containing printed course materials. The course materials consist of a full color reproduction of every slide in each presentation followed by text that is intended to cover and in some cases go beyond the live presentation given during instruction. Students can utilize these course materials for independent study and future reference. Following each lesson a review quiz is presented to allow each student to identify their level of understanding of the more important concepts in the lesson. These quizzes also prepare the student for the associated examination.


AESF Foundation instructors have several decades of in the field experience in surface finishing. Each has served as an instructor for AESF for more than 20 years. Our instructors include consultants that have been recognized world-wide as the best in their field.


The objective of the lessons in AESF courses is to prepare the student for a certification examination that will provide said student with an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge in surface finishing methods, techniques and processes, whereby quality is improved and rejects/finishing problems are reduced, making said student more valuable to their employer.