National Credential
Credential: Foreign Object Elimination (FOE)
Credentialing Agency: National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies (NCATT)

National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies (NCATT), Foreign Object Elimination (FOE) recognizes the knowledge base of the advanced aerospace technician and promotes integrity, safety, and professionalism in the aerospace workforce. FOE knowledge and skills include housekeeping, tool accountability, hardware accountability, lost items, physical entry and personnel control, reporting and investigating, material handling, parts protections, hazardous materials, wildlife/environment, and Foreign Object Damage (FOD) effects. There are no FOE eligibility requirements. The FOE written exam is open to all individuals regardless of career field, training, education or experience.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: Lifetime

Foreign Object Elimination (FOE)

The following Navy Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Navy$ Gap Analysis LaDR
Enlisted ABE-Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Launching and Recovery Equipment Rating some  Navy Bucks    E3 Pay Grade
Enlisted ABF-Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Fuels Rating some  Navy Bucks    E2 Pay Grade
Enlisted ABH-Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Aircraft Handling Rating some  Navy Bucks    E2 Pay Grade
Enlisted AD-Aviation Machinist's Mate Rating some  Navy Bucks    E3 Pay Grade
Enlisted AE-Aviation Electrician's Mate Rating some  Navy Bucks    E3 Pay Grade
Enlisted AM-Aviation Structural Mechanic Rating some  Navy Bucks    E3 Pay Grade
Enlisted AME-Aviation Structural Mechanic, Safety Equipment Rating some  Navy Bucks    E3 Pay Grade
Enlisted AO-Aviation Ordnanceman Rating some  Navy Bucks    E2 Pay Grade
Enlisted AS-Aviation Support Equipment Technician Rating some  Navy Bucks    E3 Pay Grade
Enlisted AT-Aviation Electronics Technician Rating some  Navy Bucks    E3 Pay Grade
Enlisted AWF-Naval Aircrewmen Mechanical Rating most  Navy Bucks    E3 Pay Grade
Enlisted AWO-Naval Aircrewmen Operator Rating most  Navy Bucks    E4 Pay Grade
Enlisted AWR-Naval Aircrewmen Tactical-Helicopter Rating most  Navy Bucks    E3 Pay Grade
Enlisted AWS-Naval Aircrewmen Helicopter Rating most  Navy Bucks    E3 Pay Grade
Enlisted AWV-Naval Aircrewmen Avionics Rating most  Navy Bucks    E4 Pay Grade
Enlisted AZ-Aviation Maintenance Administrationman Rating some  Navy Bucks    E3 Pay Grade
Enlisted PR-Aircrew Survival Equipmentman Rating some  Navy Bucks    E2 Pay Grade
Enlisted LCAC - Landing Craft Air Cushion Craftmaster Out of Rate Assignment most  Navy Bucks    
Enlisted LCAC - Landing Craft Air Cushion Deck Engineer Out of Rate Assignment most  Navy Bucks    
Enlisted LCAC - Landing Craft Air Cushion Engineer Out of Rate Assignment most  Navy Bucks    
Enlisted LCAC - Landing Craft Air Cushion Loadmaster Out of Rate Assignment most  Navy Bucks    
Enlisted LCAC - Landing Craft Air Cushion Navigator Out of Rate Assignment most  Navy Bucks    
Enlisted UAV - Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Pilot/Maintainer Out of Rate Assignment most  Navy Bucks    

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of three ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will most likely require additional education, training, or experience.

Navy$ Navy Bucks icon

This Credential has been approved for payment through the Navy's Credential Program Office. Note that to be eligible for Navy funded credentials, you must have demonstrated competency and experience towards the credential being sought. This credential may require additional work to fully meet competency and experience requirements.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

LaDR LaDR Pay Grade E5 icon

LaDR (Learning and Development Roadmap) icons call out credentials that are "highly recommended" (but not mandatory) for a particular pay grade because they complement the training, experience, and competency of that paygrade. You are NOT restricted from attempting credentials recommended for senior & junior pay grades (as long as you meet all eligibility requirements).

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The Registered Apprenticeship icon indicates that this job has an apprenticeship program registered with the U.S. Department of Labor.

Local Salary Information

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Foreign Object Elimination (FOE)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: Lifetime

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies (NCATT)
4801 Marine Creek Parkway
Fort Worth, TX  76179
Phone: (817) 515-7264
Email: carolynparise@spacetec.org

Foreign Object Elimination (FOE)

The Foreign Object Elimination (FOE) credential has the following other requirements:

  • There are no FOE certification eligibility requirements. The FOE exam is open to all individuals regardless of career field, training, education or experience.

Foreign Object Elimination (FOE)

  • Basic Terms and Definitions (General)
  • Housekeeping
  • Tool Accountability
  • Hardware Accountability
  • Lost Items
  • Physical Entry and Personnel Control
  • Reporting and Investigating
  • Material Handling
  • Parts Protections
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Wildlife/Environment
  • FOD Effects

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Foreign Object Elimination (FOE) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by Comira. The test centers are located in the U.S. They also have some test centers on military bases.

To find out more, use the following links on the Comira website:

For more information on the National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies (NCATT) testing process, visit the agency website.

Foreign Object Elimination (FOE)

Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Foreign Object Elimination (FOE) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The FOE certification has no renewal requirements. A passing FOE exam grade will automatically trigger lifetime certification.

    Additional information can be found on the NCATT website