Accredited Training Sponsor Eligibility

Are you eligible to become an NCCER Accredited Training Sponsor?

Acceptable Organizations for Accreditation

Those entities which may be accredited included but are not limited to:

  • Contractors
  • Owner/Operators
  • Trade Associations
  • Labor Organizations
  • Government Agencies
  • Correctional Agencies
  • Temporary Employment Agencies*
  • Consultants*
  • Proprietary Schools (both non-profit and for-profit)*
  • Public, Post-Secondary Community & Technical Colleges*
  • Other entities deemed appropriate by NCCER*
  • International Organizations**

*Applications will be reviewed for appropriate industry linkage and program resources.

**Eligibility determined by NCCER based on market, type of organization and availability of appropriate training materials.

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Accredited Training Sponsor Requirements

If your organization will be applying for both Assessment Center and Training Sponsor accreditation, the Assessment Center application should be completed first.

The following is a list of requirements that must be met in order to become an Accredited Training Sponsor:

  1. Read, understand, and agree to abide by the NCCER Accreditation Guidelines 
    • All applicant organizations must have been in business for at least 12 months prior to application date.
    • All Applicant organizations must have a commercial business address (home/residential addresses are not acceptable).

  2. Submit the Application for Training Sponsor Accreditation in the Registry along with the following supporting documentation:
    • Proof of business (i.e. Certificate of Incorporation, Certificate of LLC, Business License, Company By-Laws etc.)
    • Completed credit application (downloaded from within the electronic application)
    • 3 letters of recommendation for your organization from clients and/or users, dated within the last three months
    • Organizational chart showing both names and titles, to include the Sponsor Representative and their immediate supervisor
    • Signed Testing System Agreement (instructions and template from within the electronic application)
    • DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED FOR EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS ONLY (COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES, ETC.):
      • Official state-issued accreditation documentation
      • Evidence of an industry advisory board (recent meeting minutes, member list)
      • Evidence of job place and career services (maybe advertised in a brochure, flyer, etc.)

NCCER will review the documents submitted and will approve the application or request more information. If approved to move forward, the application fee can be paid within the electronic application by credit card.

Following payment, the organization will:

  1. Complete online registration for the Sponsor Representative to attend the Master Trainer Instructor Certification Training Program
  2. Attend the Master Trainer Instructor Certification Training Program ($750 class registration fee per attendee)

Following completion of the Master Trainer Instructor Certification Training Program, the Sponsor Representative will complete the Self-Assessment portion of the electronic application and submit the following:

  • Photos of training and performance testing facilities (i.e. classrooms, computer labs, performance testing spaces, etc.)

NCCER will review the Self-Assessment and photos. If approved, the organization will move into Candidate status as an Accredited Training Sponsor.

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Candidate Status

Organization will remain in Candidate status until the initial audit is closed. During Candidate status an organization can:

  • Have Master Trainer(s) train and certify instructors
  • Conduct training using NCCER curriculum
  • Use the NCCER Testing System to proctor tests and submit Performance Profiles

For an audit to take place, the training program must be actively using curriculum and testing.

NCCER will contact the organization to schedule the initial audit. All non-conformances from the audit must be resolved for NCCER to close the audit and grant official accreditation.

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All intellectual property rights for any portion of the NCCER curriculum are exclusively that of NCCER. Any use of any portion of the NCCER curriculum without the written consent of NCCER is expressly prohibited.

STOP! If your organization does not meet and agree to the above eligibility criteria, becoming an NCCER Accredited Training Sponsor may not be the best fit for your organization. Contact the NCCER workforce development department to determine how your organization can best fit into the NCCER accreditation processes.