About NCCER

NCCER develops standardized construction and maintenance curricula and assessments with portable credentials. These credentials are tracked through NCCER’s National Registry which allows organizations and companies to track the qualifications of their craft professionals and/or check the qualifications of possible new hires. The National Registry also assists craft professionals by maintaining their records in a secure database.

Workforce Development

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    The Importance of Career Readiness and Authentic Business Engagement

The Importance of Career Readiness and Authentic Business Engagement

Editor’s note: This column originally appeared on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation blog.

By Candy Johnson, Director of Policy, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

Imagine interviewing a candidate who lacks interpersonal skills and has less-than-average communication abilities. Immediately, the candidate […]

Soft Skills: The Other Side of Construction

By Kirstyn Quandt, Communications Manager for NCCER

What defines a craft professional?

Technical skill constitutes a large portion of the job description, but the professionalism of our industry is further illustrated by the work ethic, communication and teamwork present on each […]

The Power of Passion

By Kirstyn Quandt, Communications Manager for NCCER

When you’re new to the construction industry and sit down with Dr. Mittie Cannon, you can’t help but feel inspired. Her undeniable passion and unwavering commitment to empowering young women is proof that […]

Build Me Up, Buttercup

By Carrington Fox, Author of Build Me Up, Buttercup Blog

Before enrolling in construction school at my local college of applied technology last fall, I was a writer. For two decades, I worked for newspapers and magazines, writing everything from […]

Redefining Success

This article was originally featured on constructionnews.net and was reprinted with permission.

By Kirstyn Quandt, Communications Manager for NCCER

From the time we are young, parents, teachers and even society’s most opinionated strangers encourage the pursuit of a college education. Students […]

Barbies, Bows and Steel Toed Boots

By Kirstyn Quandt, Communications Manager for NCCER

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

It’s the age-old question we are asked throughout the course of our childhood and for some, the most widely-contemplated decision that makes adulthood utterly […]

Why Women are Good for Construction

This blog was originally featured on Centered On Safety and has been reprinted with permission.

By Debbie Dickinson, Guest Contributor

In the United States, women represent less than 9 percent of construction workers, according to 2014 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, […]

Best Practice Profile: ABC, Greater Michigan

This blog has been reprinted from pathways.nccer.org. For more program profiles, visit the Best Practice Profiles resource page.

In 2012, as a response to the growing shortage of craft professionals within the state, Associated Builders & Contractors Greater Michigan Chapter […]

It’s Hard to See the Picture When You’re In the Frame

This blog was originally posted on the ACTE Educators in Action Blog and was reposted with permission.

By Rich Flotron, Region III Leadership Fellow, Guest Contributor

It’s been said that Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player ever, never won a championship […]

The Future of Workforce Development Starts Now

By Amy King, Communications Manager for NCCER

Regardless of the technological advancements that are developed, the most important part of the construction industry is its people. After all, that is what workforce development is all about. From craft professionals to […]