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Instructor Certification Training Program

NCCER has developed the Instructor Certification Training Program (ICTP) as part of the accreditation process. This program ensures the uniform and consistent delivery of training. Through this program, NCCER certifies the Master Trainer, who in turn certifies the local Craft Instructor. This network of certified instructors assures that NCCER training programs meet the standards of instruction set by the industry.

Available NCCER Instructor Training Certifications:

There are additional restricted and specialty certifications available. For a complete list of all recognized categories, please see the NCCER Accreditation Guidelines.

Master Trainer

A Master Trainer is an individual who has been certified in accordance with NCCER's Instructor Certification Training Program (ICTP) for Master Trainers and is authorized to train craft instructors. Master trainers are trained and certified directly by NCCER.

Master trainers must meet the following qualifications:

  • Approved by an NCCER Accredited Training Sponsor AND
  • Two years experience as a trainer, instructor, or educator OR
  • An associate degree or higher in education, a construction-related field, industrial arts, engineering, chemistry, or similar field from an accredited post-secondary institution OR
  • A minimum of two years of experience at a supervisory level or higher in the construction or maintenance industry

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Craft Instructor

A Craft Instructor is an individual who has successfully completed the Instructor Certification Training Program (ICTP) conducted by an NCCER Master Trainer with current credentials and is authorized to teach the NCCER curriculum.

Craft Instructors must meet the following qualifications:

  • Experience at a minimum journey or technician level in their area of expertise OR
  • A minimum of three years experience as a certified teacher in a vocational/technical construction or maintenance-related training program
  • A Master Trainer may also serve as an instructor if they meet the above criteria and submit Form 101 and the ICTP information sheet

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Safety Instructor

In addition to the Instructor Certification Training Program, NCCER offers a certification program for safety instructors. The tiered structure of the NCCER Construction Site Safety Program (CSSP) allows each level of qualification to provide training to subsequent levels. The following instructors are certified within the CSSP:

  • Construction Site Safety Master Instructor (CSSM) — highest level of recognition within the CSSP
  • Construction Site Safety Technician (CSST)
  • Construction Site Safety Supervisor (CSSS)
  • Construction Site Safety Orientation (CSSO)

For more information, download the Construction Site Safety Program packet.

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Master Craft/Technician Instructor

A Master Craft/Technician Instructor is NCCER’s highest level of recognition for instructors. The intent of this instructor certification is to provide additional recognition for NCCER’s most dedicated, qualified, and deserving instructors.

Master Craft/Technician Instructors must meet the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of five years continuous NCCER training experience
  • Teach and record an average of five module completions in the ANR each year for a five year period
  • Successfully complete the NCACP Skills Assessment for the NCCER curriculum title, where one exists, in which the instructor is currently certified as an instructor in the Automated National Registry
  • In the event an assessment does not exist for the NCCER curriculum title in which the instructor is currently certified, all other Master Instructor Certification requirements must be met

For complete details and the instructor certification process, please see the NCCER Accreditation Guidelines.


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