Historical Timeline

NCCER’s roots extend back to the early 1990s when leading contractors came together to standardize training and provide industry-recognized credentials. Over time, NCCER has expanded to become the industry’s source for training, assessments and certification. NCCER continues to evolve beyond the construction and maintenance industries both domestically and globally. Today, NCCER develops curricula for over 70 craft areas that have been used in all 50 states and in 20 countries.

1991 -1999


Under the Construction Education Foundation of ABC, 11 of the nation’s leading contractors come together to address the emerging shortage of skilled workers and begin the process of standardizing curricula and industry-recognized credentials

Core Curriculum releases along with the first five standardized craft curricula: Electrical, Pipefitting, Millwright, Welding and Instrumentation


Master Trainer Instructor Certification Program, Instructor Certification Training Program and Accreditation Guidelines release

First 53 organizations apply for accreditation

First module completion is recorded in the Registry System


Fluor and Brown & Root each pledge $1 million in contributions to establish NCCER


More than 125 construction industry association and academic leaders lay the groundwork for the creation of NCCER at the Aspen Summit.

Prentice Hall (now Pearson) becomes NCCER's publishing partner


The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) becomes an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational foundation on Jan. 1, 1996, and Gainesville, Florida, is selected as the headquarters

Partners with Dell Computers to offer a desktop computer system that operates CD-ROMs of Core and Electrical curricula

Associated Builders and Contractors becomes a general partner

Partners with The Associated General Contractors of America

Officially begins offering credentials, certificates, wallet cards and transcripts

BE&K, Dan Vos Construction, Fluor Daniel, Hess Mechanical, Ivey Mechanical, Nova Group and TDIndustries sign the first National Training Service Agreements


Launches website at nccer.org

Business Roundtable endorses NCCER as a method of delivering training curricula, performance standards and certification to the industry and recommends that all owners require evidence of craft training as a qualifier for contractor selection

The Construction Innovation Forum awards NCCER the NOVA award for successfully uniting the construction industry under one training program

Build Your Future’s (BYF) satellite teleconference promoting construction careers broadcasts to more than 300,000 students among nearly 4,000 schools


Partners with Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (now SkillsUSA)

Partners with American Vocational Association (now the Association for Career and Technical Education)


Prentice Hall publishes Core Curriculum in Spanish

KBR (formerly Brown & Root) contributes another $1 million


Produces Annotated Instructor’s Guides for the first time

The National Craft Assessment and Certification Program (NCACP) launches and releases the following assessments: Industrial Carpenter, Industrial Pipefitter, Scaffolding, Boilermaker, Instrumentation Technician and Fitter

Publishes curricula in color

2001 - 2011


The Registry System processes the one millionth module completion


Establishes Accredited Training and Education Facilities for secondary and postsecondary institutions

Rebrands product line as Contren Learning Series

Partners with the American Petroleum Institute to develop curricula and assessments for the pipeline industry and launches the Pipeline Training and Assessment Program


ProvPartners with Prov to deliver assessments


BYF launches the first career website and the first annual Careers in Construction Week


Releases six curricula through Pearson’s online platform branded Contren Connect

After Hurricane Katrina, the GREAT (Gulf Rebuild: Education, Advancement and Training) campaign launches and nearly 24,000 participants along the Gulf Coast complete training during the three-year campaign with an 84 percent placement rate


NCCER, Prov and North American Crane Bureau partner to introduce the Mobile Crane Operator Certification Program

Enhances and renames wallet cards the Blue Card for individuals who successfully complete training and assessments

Participates on the Construction Industry Institute’s Research Team 231: Construction Industry Craft Training in the U.S. and Canada


Establishes the Construction Education Champion award for industry professionals with at least 10 years of service to NCCER who have made significant contributions to construction education and workforce development efforts

Mobile Crane Operator Certification Program receives ANSI accreditation

Becomes a U.S. Green Building Council education provider and releases Your Role in the Green Environment


Over 1 million modules are completed in a single year for the first time

Begins publishing The Cornerstone magazine

Creates social media accounts on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter


Releases a custom bookbuild database and Instructor Resource Center through Pearson

2010-Estore-ScreenGrabLaunches the NCCER eStore with branded NCCER apparel, signs and other merchandise

2010-SkillsUSA-CarpentryBegins sponsoring the carpentry competition at the national SkillsUSA Championships


2011-NCCER-HQOpens new, fully owned headquarters in Alachua, Florida

BYF_logo_finalBYF expands from a career education campaign to a full recruitment and image enhancement initiative. As part of this expansion, BYF

  • 2011-BYF-Louisianalaunches BYF.org
  • unveils new branding and logo design
  • creates social media account on Facebook and Twitter
  • establishes a five-year sponsorship deal with NASCAR driver David Starr
  • develops a state partnership with Louisiana
  • 2011-ScrambleLogohosts the first annual Scramble for Skills golf tournament

2012 - Present


Holds first international Master Trainer session and international audit

Online assessments become the prevalent way of delivering assessments instead of paper

2012-NewHQThe board of trustees formally dedicates NCCER’s new headquarters at a ceremony in Alachua, Florida, and the building receives LEED Silver Building Certification from USGBC

2012-CornerstoneOnlineThe Cornerstone magazine is available online at nccercornerstone.org

Timeline-2012-revRenames curricula line the NCCER Curriculum from Contren Learning Series, and Contren Connect becomes NCCERconnect


2013-CICM-OctCareers in Construction Week extends throughout the month of October to become Careers in Construction Month

Enhances instructor resources to include comprehensive lesson plans and PowerPoint presentations

2013-SkilslUSA-MasonryPicBegins sponsoring the masonry competition at the national SkillsUSA Championships

Launches the online bookstore for customers to build, save, print and place orders online

2014-Pathways-FullSponsors Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Pathways to Prosperity project, leading to the development of the Construction Career Pathways initiative

BYF develops crosswalks to compare military occupational specialty codes with NCCER training


2014-CWDA-sealReleases the Contractors Workforce Development Assessment with the Construction Users Roundtable

2014-HardHatHeroes-LogoBYF introduces the Hard Hat Heroes military initiative, and NCCER is recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama at the Veterans’ Employment in Construction Symposium in Washington, D.C. as a major contributor in developing a fast track for civilian employment

2014-BYF-ScholarshipThe Build Your Future scholarship program is funded and scholarships are awarded through:

  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Associated General Contractors of America
  • Folds of Honor Foundation

Build Your Future challenges groups such as the Human Resources Construction Council, Southeastern Construction Owners and Associates Roundtable and local user councils to match BYF contributions for additional scholarships

2014-BreakingGroundBlogLogoReleases Breaking Ground: The NCCER Blog


Releases the Testing Management System to provide online module testing, registry submissions and test results

Creates a new global template for all new and revised curricula complete with metric conversions and international features

2015-PathwaysConnectionMapConstruction Career Pathways initiative expands to include its own website and a connection map to facilitate education and industry collaboration locally


2016-20thAnniversaryNCCER celebrates its 20th anniversary

2016-BuildIndianaBuild Your Future develops a state partnership with Indiana

2016-CornerstoneCoverCornerstone Magazine releases a commemorative issue highlighting NCCER's 20th anniversary

NCCER releases an updated Registry System