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Knowledge Verified

Today’s certified construction industry craft professional must be competent in both the knowledge and hands-on skills associated with their craft.  To reflect this basic premise, NCCER is modifying our certification terminology to ensure clarity and the long-term integrity and credibility of NCCER credentials. To accomplish this goal, NCCER will be renaming its “Certified Written” credential to “Knowledge Verified.”

Knowledge Verified + Performance Verified = Certified Plus

Paper certificates are now issued to craft professionals who pass a written assessment. These individuals will also receive hard copies of their transcripts via mail. As always, an NCCER credentialed craft professional's training will continue to be verifiable through the Automated National Registry (ANR) using his or her NCCER wallet card ID number.

To assist in communicating this change to your employees, below you will find specific messaging from NCCER for craft professionals and human resources personnel.  On this page, you will also find a list of FAQs to help your craft professionals understand the change and how it will affect them.  We appreciate your assistance in helping to spread the word about this important issue.

Click here to read a letter from NCCER President, Don Whyte.

 

Message to Craft Professionals

As an NCCER-credentialed craft professional, you prove your skills every day in the field.  Because certification is a quality benchmark in the industry, becoming Certified Plus can help you maximize your career opportunities and earning potential.  To help you achieve this valuable credential, NCCER is encouraging contractors to make Certified Plus more accessible to every craft professional.

Certification requires both knowledge and performance verification, and we are renaming the assessment credential in our National Craft Assessment and Certification Program (NCACP) to more accurately reflect this fundamental premise.  The only change is that the “Certified Written” credential is being renamed “Knowledge Verified.”

Knowledge Verified + Performance Verified = Certified Plus

Beginning January 1, 2013, NCCER will use the term “Knowledge Verified” on NCCER documentation to refer to candidates who successfully pass the written assessment for the first time. For craft professionals who earn the “Certified Written” credential before that date, NCCER will continue to acknowledge that terminology until January 1, 2015.

The written test required to obtain this credential has not changed, nor has the value of your achievement.  NCCER is actively educating owners and contractors about this change in terminology to ensure an industry-wide understanding. One important goal of that effort is to assure your employer that there is no reason to adjust any benefits or recognition you currently receive. Ultimately, decisions regarding salary and benefits rest with each individual employer.

Construction industry employers value the abilities your credentials represent, and NCCER is encouraging them to provide you more opportunities to become Certified Plus, the highest NCCER credential available.  You’ve proven your commitment to developing your skills.  Show what you know.

Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

 

Message to Human Resources Departments

Today’s construction industry craft professional must be competent in both the knowledge and hands-on skills associated with their craft.  This basic premise is critically important, especially when placed in the context of craft or journey-level certification.  To ensure clarity and the long-term integrity and credibility of NCCER credentials, we are modifying our certification terminology to more accurately reflect this fundamental premise of a certified craft professional.

To achieve this, NCCER will be renaming the “Certified Written” credential to “Knowledge Verified” beginning in 2013.

Knowledge Verified + Performance Verified = Certified Plus

As a human resources professional, it is important to understand that this is only a change in terminology.  The written assessments craft professionals must pass to obtain this credential have not changed.  NCCER is working to educate owners and contractors about this change to ensure industry-wide understanding. This is especially important for companies who provide salary incentives, advancement opportunities and/or other benefits to NCCER-credentialed craft professionals.

 Beginning January 1, 2013, NCCER will use the term Knowledge Verified on NCCER documentation to refer to candidates who successfully pass the written assessment for the first time. For craft professionals who earn the “Certified Written” credential before that date, NCCER will continue to acknowledge that terminology until January 1, 2015.

Please carefully review any of your internal policies that may be affected by this change to ensure that craft professionals who have passed a written assessment continue to be properly recognized within your organization.  In addition, we encourage you to speak with your management about how this change is being implemented and take a proactive role in educating your training and other departments.

Helping to promote organizational understanding of this change is vital to a seamless transition, and we thank you for your attention to this matter.

Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

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