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.

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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, […]

Instead of Raising Wage, Focus on Workforce

By Brian Sampson, President of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Empire State Chapter

The following blog has been republished with permission from the Ithaca Journal and was originally published on March 29, 2016.

As we enter what is likely to be […]

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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    An Investment in Our Nation’s Infrastructure is an Investment in Our Skilled Workforce

An Investment in Our Nation’s Infrastructure is an Investment in Our Skilled Workforce

By Lori Cowen, Guest Contributor

Earlier this week, with the Dec. 4 deadline looming, leaders in the House and Senate negotiated an agreement for a $305 billion highway bill that would extend federal transportation funding for five years. If passed […]

December 1st, 2015|Craft & Industry|0 Comments|

Is the Construction Industry Facing a Skilled Labor Cliff?

By Paul Goodrum, Nicholas R. Petry Professor in Construction Engineering & Management at the University of Colorado

After decades of facing periodic workforce challenges, many of today’s construction industry leaders seem to have become habituated to the idea of a […]

November 10th, 2015|Craft & Industry|1 Comment|

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 […]

Why not construction? I know why, but you might not like it

By Jennifer Wilkerson, Director of Marketing, PR and Build Your Future at NCCER

So why hasn’t the construction industry been able to change the public’s perception of careers in the industry? Why aren’t more young people choosing careers in construction? […]

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    Top 3 New Year’s Resolutions for the Construction Industry

Top 3 New Year’s Resolutions for the Construction Industry

By Katrina Kersch, Senior Director and Chief Operations Officer of NCCER

It’s that time of year when we reflect on our accomplishments and set goals for a new and improved version of ourselves. For 2015, I would like to put […]

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    Taking Action to Improve Ironworker Craft Training and Apprenticeships

Taking Action to Improve Ironworker Craft Training and Apprenticeships

By Tom Underhill, Executive Director of Steel Erectors Association of America

The construction industry has been bemoaning craft labor shortages for years. If you Google the topic, you’ll see reports from organizations such as the Associated General Contractors, FMI, NCCER, […]

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    12 Steps to Creating a Successful Industry and Education Partnership

12 Steps to Creating a Successful Industry and Education Partnership

By Jason Herndon, Training Specialist for DuPont Titanium Technologies

Over the past few years, the DuPont manufacturing site in New Johnsonville, Tennessee, has struggled to find qualified applicants to fill vacant mechanical and instrument and electrical technician positions. According to a […]

December 3rd, 2014|Training Programs|0 Comments|