By Patty Bird, Senior Manager of Projects at NCCER Just as the methods and materials used in the construction industry have changed over time, so has the training of craft professionals. Longstanding tradition held that workers would learn a craft as it was passed down from generation to generation, often by family members or friends. However, in today’s world, standardized training is necessary to ensure that work is conducted safely and reliably. At NCCER, our focus is on developing and revising standardized training curricula with the help of leading industry experts. Through such training, craft professionals around the country — and the world — are taught in the same consistent manner among more than 70 craft areas and based on specific learning objectives and performance tasks. We are excited about the improvements to some of our most highly used curricula, including trainee guides that outline each course’s content according to its defined learning objectives and robust instructor resources, such as lesson plans with suggested classroom activities and enhanced PowerPoint presentations. Here are four recently updated courses that can help transform your training program:
  • Core Curriculum: Introductory Craft SkillsCore 5e 2015 Cover – Core Curriculum provides foundational training for all craft professionals, regardless of discipline. The recently released fifth edition has new features to help prepare trainees in an international workforce. Also included is a new workbook that assists instructors in providing practice math problems to trainees as well as optional project ideas for trainees to apply the skills they learn from the curriculum.
  • Welding Level 1 and Welding Level 2Welding L1 5e Cover – The fifth editions of Welding Level 1 and Welding Level 2 include performance accreditation tasks that align with the American Welding Society’s (AWS) Schools Excelling through National Skills Education (SENSE) Level 1: Entry Welder program. Trainees that complete NCCER’s Welding Level 1 and Level 2 courses may be eligible to receive an AWS SENSE certification, if the education provider is a registered SENSE school.
  • Your Role in the Green EnvironmentYRGE – The third edition of Your Role in the Green Environment has been updated to reflect LEED Version 4.0 and includes a focus on international construction. With the increasing demand for green construction, Your Role in the Green Environment is an effective tool to help craft professionals think about how construction impacts the environment and how to reduce any adverse effects.
The titles listed here cover just a small portion of the standardized training that NCCER offers, all of which are high-powered training tools for any training program.

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NCCER develops standardized construction and maintenance curricula and assessments with portable credentials. These credentials are tracked through NCCER’s National Registry which allows organizations and companies to track the qualifications of their craft professionals and/or check the qualifications of possible new hires. The National Registry also assists craft professionals by maintaining their records in a secure database.