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SkillsUSA Carpentry Competition

For the past four years, NCCER has proudly sponsored the carpentry competition at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. This carpentry competition showcases the construction industry and demonstrates the rewarding career paths and opportunities available in today’s high school and technical college programs.

NCCER would like to thank the following organizations for supporting America’s youth through their generous support of the 2013 Carpentry Competition:

2013 Financial Contributors



2013 Prize Contributors


If you or your organization would like to be involved in the 2014 carpentry competition, please stay tuned for our 2014 Sponsorship Form, or email Ed Prevatt at

Competition Specifics

In 2013, carpentry contestants framed walls using wood and metal studs, cut stair stringers and installed railing, drywall, baseboard moldings and window trim. Each contestant is judged on accuracy, ability to read and interpret blueprints, workmanship and the proper use of tools and materials.

Industry Connection

The contests are planned by technical committees made up of industry representatives and are designed to test the skills needed for successful entry-level performance in given occupational fields. Due to their tremendous importance, safety practices and procedures are also judged as a component of each contestant’s overall score.

Members of the 2013 national technical committee for carpentry included Chair Boyd Worsham, The Haskell Co. (Fla.); Robyn Bucknam, DEWALT Industrial Tool Co. (N.C.); Clay Kubicek, Crossland Construction Company, Inc. (Kan.); Ed Prevatt, NCCER (Fla.); Matt Clark, KBR (Ala.); and, Jay Wetterhus, Morton Buildings Inc. (Ill.).

A national education team assisted the national technical committee.  Members included Les Zimmerman, Alexandria Technical and Community College (Minn.); Troy Rupp, Alexandria Technical and Community College (Minn.); Beth Zimmerman, Alexandria Technical and Community College (Minn.); and, Jay Pearson, Greenville Technical College (S.C.).