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.

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cornerstone of Craftsmanship: Frank Johnson

By Amy King, Communications Manager for NCCER

Frank Johnson is an NCCER-certified welder and a journey-level boilermaker and pipefitter. As a welding trainer and instructor at PBF Energy Toledo Refinery, he tests and qualifies welders and writes and qualifies welding […]

Developing True Craft Professionals Starts with Training

By Scottie Smith, Welding Instructor at Northwest Florida State College

There are numerous factors that contribute to an individual becoming a craft professional. Although, experience is probably the one that comes to mind the most, there are also elements […]

November 17th, 2016|Training Programs|0 Comments|
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    How to Celebrate Careers in Construction Month in Your Community

How to Celebrate Careers in Construction Month in Your Community

By Amy King, Communications Manager for NCCER

What started out as Careers in Construction Week back in 2005 has grown to encompass an entire month. For eight years, NCCER and its Build Your Future (BYF) initiative celebrated Careers in Construction […]

My First Gang Box and a Good Pair of Boots

By Bryan Collett, General Foreman at TIC – The Industrial Company

Have you ever thought about working in the construction industry but decided against it because it was seen as a dead-end job for people who didn’t go to college? […]

January 19th, 2016|Build Your Future|1 Comment|

Careers for the New Year

The following blog has been republished with permission from U.S. Veterans Magazine and was originally published on Oct. 22, 2015 at usveteransmagazine.com/home-featured/careers-for-the-new-year/.

Looking for a new, fulfilling career in the New Year? If so, take a look at construction, […]

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    Tools to Establish a Long-term Career in Industrial Construction

Tools to Establish a Long-term Career in Industrial Construction

By Stacy Bell, Craft Talent Leader for TIC – The Industrial Company

A career in industrial construction can start out at either entry level or midlevel depending on if you dive into it right out of high school or technical […]

October 21st, 2015|Build Your Future|0 Comments|

Is the Skills Gap Still a Problem?

Dan Belcher, Director of Workforce Development for NCCER

There is a high price paid in productivity, opportunity and prosperity when organizations can’t find workers to fill critical jobs. With a growing shortage of skilled craft professionals comes increased budgets and […]