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Accreditation Process FAQ

Who can be an NCCER Accredited Training Sponsor?

  • Chapters of trade associations
  • Users of construction and maintenance services and/or pipeline owners/operators
  • Construction, pipeline, and maintenance contractors
  • Organized labor organizations
  • Correctional institutions and facilities
  • Temporary employment agencies
  • Consultants
  • Government agencies
  • Proprietary schools
  • Other agencies deemed appropriate by NCCER
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What about schools?

NCCER encourages schools to partner with Accredited Training Sponsors as Accredited Training and Education Facilities (ATEFs). ATEFs include both secondary- and post-secondary schools, vocational and technical schools and colleges. ATEFs may apply for accreditation by following the procedures outlined in the ATEF Guidelines.

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What are the benefits of being an NCCER Accredited Training Sponsor?

NCCER Accredited Training Sponsors (ATSs) are the foundation of the NCCER standardized craft training program. An ATS is responsible for conducting and delivering a quality training program based on uniform standards and criteria. As part of the accreditation process, an ATS benefits from the following programs:

  • MTICTP - Master Trainer Instructor Certification Training Program ensures the uniform and consistent delivery of training. NCCER certifies a master trainer, who in turn certifies craft instructors. An NCCER Master Trainer assures that the highest industry standards are being met for instruction. A craft instructor is an individual certified to teach NCCER training programs and assure that these programs continue to meet the standards of instruction set by the industry.
  • National Registry - A national database maintained by NCCER. It lists the names of the individuals who have successfully completed any NCCER standardized construction, maintenance, safety, and/or pipeline training program conducted by an NCCER accredited organization. The National Registry records training completions/assessments/performance verifications, and issues appropriate credentials (transcripts, certificates, and wallet cards). The National Registry assures portability of trainee/participant accomplishments ensuring recognition wherever they go.
  • Automated National Registry (ANR) - The ANR allows accredited training sponsors, accredited assessment centers, assessment sites, accredited training and education facilities, and training units to electronically submit and track training, assessments, and performance verifications through a Web-based system. The ANR will compile data by sponsor and/or assessment center and allows sponsor representatives, administrators, and end-users to access records via the Web for quick and easy confirmation of credentials.
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Who can be an NCCER Accredited Assessment Center?

  • Chapters of trade associations
  • Users of construction and maintenance services and/or pipeline owners/operators
  • Construction, pipeline, and maintenance contractors
  • Organized labor organizations
  • Temporary employment agencies
  • Consultants
  • Government agencies
  • Other agencies deemed appropriate by NCCER
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What are the benefits of being an NCCER Accredited Assessment Center?

NCCER Accredited Assessment Centers are responsible for ensuring the integrity and quality of the National Craft Assessment and Certification Program and Pipeliner Training and Assessment Program. The goal of the program is to evaluate the competence level of experienced workers, by documenting knowledge and verifying skills. Only NCCER Accredited Assessment Centers may purchase and deliver skill assessments.

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How does a training/assessment program become accredited?

Upon receipt, review, and acceptance of required items, the applicant will be awarded candidate status. Within six (6) months of candidate status, an initial audit will be conducted to verify that a quality training/assessment program has been established. After the initial audit has been successfully completed and audit report has been approved, the applicant organization becomes accredited.

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How long does accreditation last?

Accreditation can be awarded for a period up to three years. Re-accreditation audits will be conducted within the three year accreditation period to validate the program compliance with NCCER’s Accreditation Guidelines.

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Are there fees associated with accreditation?

Yes, there is an application fee for each application (accredited training sponsor and accredited assessment center) and an annual maintenance fee.

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