The aim of this work is to study the adhesion of WC-Co coatings using acoustic emission testing. The coatings were produced by HVOF spraying then subjected to four-point bending while in situ acoustic emission measurements were made. The test specimens were then examined under a microscope, revealing regularly spaced transverse cracks on the coating surface as well as interfacial cracking. An analysis of the acoustic emission data revealed two types of acoustic events based on absolute energy and amplitude. This appears to be linked to the cracks that were observed forming the basis for an interfacial cracking model.