By Jay Eichmann, NCCER Certified Instructor for California's Clovis Unified School District There is a bit of controversy that surrounds Common Core standards in our country. Regardless of what side of the topic you are on, there are some aspects that we can agree have merit, such as the idea of common curricula and standards from state to state and among school districts. For contractors, it is comforting to know that hiring someone with NCCER credentials means that the person has been professionally trained based on shared industry standards. As a teacher, it is comforting to know that if a new student transfers into my class midyear from another school and has been trained using NCCER curriculum, then I can continue their training where they left off. [caption id="attachment_6294" align="alignright" width="300"] Tom Torlakson, California's state superintendent of public instruction, visits Clovis High School's craft training facility.[/caption] The challenge, however, is getting a school district, county or state to adopt the use of NCCER curricula in schools. This is what we were able to do here in the state of California back in 2013. What started as an interest to infuse industry certifications into our career and technical education curriculum led to conversations with state education and apprenticeship officials, which evolved into the California Department of Education becoming an NCCER Accredited Sponsor. As an NCCER sponsor, the Department of Education certified county education officials as NCCER Master Trainers who then certified craft teachers in school districts throughout the state to deliver the training. Whether you are a contractor who conducts NCCER training on site or an educator who delivers NCCER training in the classroom, the curricula are flexible enough to meet the needs of industry craft training standards. With the statewide adoption of NCCER curricula, California is setting a positive trend for the rest of the country.

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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.