NCCER is a not-for-profit education foundation created to develop industry-driven standardized craft training programs with portable credentials and help address the critical workforce shortage facing the construction industry.

NCCER, formerly the National Center for Construction Education and Research, is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) education foundation created in 1996 to develop standardized construction, maintenance, and pipeline curricula with portable credentials and help address the critical skilled workforce shortage. NCCER’s training process of accreditation, instructor certification, standardized curriculum, national registry, assessment, and certification is a key component in the industry’s workforce development efforts. NCCER also drives multiple initiatives to enhance career development and recruitment efforts for the industry.

NCCER develops standardized construction and maintenance curriculum and assessments with portable credentials. These credentials are tracked through NCCER’s registry that allows organizations and companies to track the qualifications of their craft professionals and/or check the qualifications of possible new hires. NCCER's registry also assists craft professionals by maintaining their records in a secure database. NCCER’s workforce development process of accreditation, instructor certification, standardized curriculum, registry, assessment and certification is a key component in the industry’s workforce development efforts. NCCER also drives multiple initiatives to enhance career development and recruitment efforts for the industry, primarily through its Build Your Future initiative. NCCER’s new branding and international initiatives have led to the use of NCCER in lieu of The National Center for Construction Education and Research. The same great resources and services are still available. NCCER is headquartered in Alachua, Florida, and is affiliated with the University of Florida's M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management.

Mission: Our mission is to build a safe, productive and sustainable workforce of craft professionals. Our vision is to be universally recognized by industry and government as the training, assessment, certification and career development standard for construction and maintenance craft professionals.

"Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It's your place in the world; it's your life." -- Dr. Mae Jemison #MondayMotivation #WordsToLiveBy #RiseAndGrind

New year, new you? Knock out those 2020 resolutions by learning new craft skills that can build your future.

NCCER and Build Your Future wish you a very #MerryChristmas!

"Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more." -- H. Jackson Brown, Jr. #MondayMotivation #WordsToLiveBy #RiseAndGrind

For the fifth straight year, Griffin Electric, a leading electrical subcontractor throughout New England and the Southeast for over four decades, proudly participated in the U.S. Department of Labor’s National Apprenticeship Week. STORY:

Wood recently led an initiative to attract high schoolers toward a career in the skilled trades. Bringing together industry, school districts & local businesses led to the creation of Future Forward Signing Day where Wood signed 11 new recruits in Brazoria County, TX. STORY:

Every year at our annual Christmas party, we host a charity silent auction and raffle with all proceeds going toward Folds of Honor. This year, NCCER will donate $6,000 to help support military families!

Learn more about FOH:

First school-owned subdivision dedicated

How many high school construction programs do you know of have their own subdivision?? Congrats to NCCER-accredited Garrett High School in Indiana! GARRETT — In November 2015, a dedication ceremony was held to donate a home on South Second Street, including six acres of land, to the Garrett High School Building Trades

I BUILT THIS! More Than Winning

The I BUILT THIS! video competition helps change how construction is viewed. Through these students, trainees and instructors and their projects, the industry is represented as unique and exciting.

Breaking Ground:!-more-than-winning NCCER - The leader in construction training, education, workforce development and accreditation.

Great opportunity for members of the NTHS!

NTHS student members who are currently studying a construction related discipline can apply for the NCCER & Build Your Future/NTHS Scholarship! This scholarship program will award five scholarships of $2,000 each.

Build Your Future

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Sights from the NCCER Christmas Party this past weekend! 2019 was an amazing year and we're so grateful to have such an incredible staff and so many great partners to celebrate with! #NCCER #MerryChristmas

"You can't cry when things get a little bit hard. You've just got to push through and know that there's a reason and end to the means." -- Abby Wambach #MondayMotivation #WordsToLiveBy #RiseAndGrind

Looking for news, insight, research and tips from the construction industry? Check out NCCER's Breaking Ground digital newsroom.

NCCER Testing System

NCCER’s Testing System saves you 87% in time and program management cost. This online system maximizes instructor effectiveness and reduces paperwork. SPEND MORE TIME DOING. NCCER’s testing system lets you focus more on building skills and less on paperwork.

Association for Career and Technical Education

Thank you for attending ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2019. See you in Nashville, Tennessee, Dec. 2-5, for VISION 2020!

The 2020 CURT Scramble for Skills Golf Tournament, sponsored by NCCER and Build Your Future, is just around the corner on Sunday, February 9!

Learn more:

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"All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination." -- Earl Nightingale #MondayMotivation #WordsToLiveBy #RiseAndGrind

Today at 2:00 P.M. PT at #VISIONCTE2019, Boyd Worsham and Dan Belcher from NCCER and Dean Hamrick from Fluor will present about the research project "Restoring the Dignity of Work."

Today at 11:45 A.M. PT at #VISIONCTE2019, NCCER's Jennifer Wilkerson will present on how Build Your Future is spreading the word about careers in construction.

Today at 10:30 A.M. PT at #VISIONCTE2019, NCCER's Dan Belcher will host the panel: Building Construction Training Programs 101

Today at 4:30 P.M. PT at #VISIONCTE2019, Brian Hoehl from Pearson will present on how craft instructors can incorporate digital tools like NCCERconnect into their program.

Today at 3:15 P.M. PT at #VISIONCTE2019, NCCER's Dan Belcher will host the panel discussing the importance of NCCER’s industry-recognized credentials.

Stop by the NCCER and Build Your Future booth at the #VISIONCTE2019 Expo!

Great soundbite from one of the panels at yesterday's Pathways Conference!

🔊 Sound: ON

#NoMoreSkillsGap #Construction

The Southeastern Construction Owners & Associates Roundtable has a history of helping students get educated and trained. But this year, they decided to take it a step further. Learn about the new approach SCOAR took to support construction education:

Activity time! Each table is developing the outlines of a real plan for using industry-education relationships to put the spotlight on construction in 2020. #NoMoreSkillsGap

NCCER's Jennifer Wilkerson moderates a panel of professionals from other industries about how they are tackling similar workforce recruitment issues that #construction faces. #NoMoreSkillsGap

Big shoutout to executive director emeritus of SkillsUSA Tim Lawrence for filling in as our Pathways keynote speaker!

In honor of Tim's many years of service to education, NCCER CEO Don Whyte announced our organization will make a $2,500 contribution to the SkillsUSA Hope Foundation! #NoMoreSkillsGap

Great insight from Irvyn, Joel and Steven in our Young Craft Professionals panel! #NoMoreSkillsGap

It's a full house for the Construction Career Pathways Conference as #NCCER CEO Don Whyte delivers some opening remarks! #NoMoreSkillsGap

The stage is set for the Construction Career Pathways Conference! #NoMoreSkillsGap

Gearing up for a busy and exciting week in Anaheim!

Wednesday we're hosting our Construction Career Pathways Conference, then Thursday & Friday we will be at #VISIONCTE2019 on the expo floor as well as hosting several sessions. Hope to see you in Cali! #NoMoreSkillsGap

“One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.” -- Sheila Murray Bethel #MondayMotivation #WordsToLiveBy #RiseAndGrind

Attending Pathways on Wednesday? Make sure you download the conference app! #NoMoreSkillsGap

Chelle Travis, the new executive director for SkillsUSA, will be the keynote speaker at the Construction Career Pathways Conference! We can't wait to get insight from her 17+ years of #CTE leadership experience!

Full conference agenda: #NoMoreSkillsGap

With all the areas of construction that impact our daily lives, finding reasons to show gratitude to a craft professional isn’t hard.

This #ThanksgivingDay, let’s take a moment to thank a craft professional.

Happy Thanksgiving from NCCER and Build Your Future!

Our offices will be closed today and tomorrow for the holiday.

Looking forward to great insight from other industries at Pathways!

• Rahsaan Bartet, West-MEC
• Jennifer Mellor, Greater Phoenix Chamber
• John Shortt, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
• John Easley, Louisiana State Penitentiary


We're excited to share more of the panelists for the Construction Career Pathways Conference next week! Our 10:30 A.M. session will feature:

• Chad Sutton, Garrett High School
• James Busch, Central Arizona College
• Nick McFayden, Pro-Craft Construction


The Construction Career Pathways Conference is next week! We're excited to share the participants on the Young Craft Professional Panel:

• Irvyn Reyes, D.P. Electric, Inc.
• Joel Dutton, TD Industries
• Steven Silva, Advanced Metal Works LLC

Full agenda: #NoMoreSkillsGap

"Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for." -- Jennifer Lopez #MondayMotivation #WordsToLiveBy #RiseAndGrind

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