Training vs. Assessments

NCCER offers both craft training and assessments. Although both may lead to NCCER's industry-recognized credentials, your skill level determines which one you need.

Craft training is for individuals who would like to learn a construction craft and begin working in the construction industry. 

Assessments evaluate the competence level of experienced workers, by documenting knowledge and verifying skills.


Looking to learn a construction craft and need training? 

Training is conducted by Accredited Training Sponsors using NCCER curriculum and lead to industry-recognized credentials. These portable credentials are looked for by industry leaders when making employment decisions and demonstrate competency in a given topic area. 

NCCER curriculum, which includes more than 70 craft areas, is taught worldwide by contractors, associations, construction users, and secondary and postsecondary schools.

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NCCER offers a complete series of entry- and journey-level written assessments as part of its National Craft Assessment and Certification Program (NCACP). These assessments evaluate the knowledge of an individual in a specific craft area and provide a prescription for upgrade training when needed. 

NCCER also offers management assessments for experienced foremen and supervisors and a series of academic tests for secondary career and technical education, which assist states in implementing statewide accountability systems.

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