In response to the increasing need for craft professionals in the construction industry, NCCER has developed initiatives to assist with recruitment and building construction career pathways.

Image Enhancement and Recruitment

Build Your Future (BYF) is NCCER's national image enhancement and recruitment initiative for the construction industry. Its mission is to recruit the next generation of craft professionals through its three primary goals: 

  1. Make career and technical education a priority in secondary schools.

  2. Shift negative public perception about careers in the construction industry.

  3. Provide a path from ambition, to training, to job placement as a craft professional.

BYF provides a number of resources to assist industry, education and military organizations in achieving these goals. Find out how you can utilize these resources by visiting the BYF website.

Credentialing Portal

Hard Hat Heroes, Build Your Future's military initiative, recently released a credentialing portal that allows veterans to receive NCCER credit for skills and training they already received while in the service. Each individual that meets the criteria can fill out an online application and submit documentation to be reviewed and potentially entered into the NCCER Registry System. This service is provided free of charge.

To apply for credit towards NCCER credentials or view the task alignments, visit the Hard Hat Heroes portal at

Building Industry-Education Connections

NCCER's Construction Career Pathways initiative seeks to provide successful career paths to America’s youth through construction industry and education partnerships. The goal of the initiative is to drive industry and education collaboration by highlighting best practices and providing practical resources that will ultimately lead students to successful construction careers. One of these resources is a connection map that allows industry and education representatives to find partners in there local areas. 

To sign up on the connection map, view best practice profiles and participate in this expanding initiative, visit the Construction Career Pathways website.