Breaking Ground:
The NCCER Blog



Soft Skills: The Other Side of Construction

4/6/2017
The professionalism of our industry is illustrated by the work ethic, communication and teamwork present on each and every construction site.

Build Me Up, Buttercup

3/23/2017
I do not hail from particularly handy people. My family kept our tools in a kitchen drawer, next to the drawer with the whisk and the lemon zester.

Redefining Success

3/16/2017
Careers in the construction industry are not presented on the cookie-cutter, sampler platter of ideal majors to pursue.

Barbies, Bows and Steel Toed Boots

3/9/2017
If we are to encourage women to pursue careers they love, we have to first start by increasing the possibilities set before them.

Why Women are Good for Construction

3/2/2017
In the United States, women represent less than 9 percent of construction workers, according to 2014 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Best Practice Profile: ABC, Greater Michigan Chapter

2/16/2017
In 2012, as a response to the growing shortage of craft professionals within the state, ABC GMC developed a culture of “grow our own.”

It’s Hard to See the Picture When You're In the Frame

1/26/2017
During my career, I have sought mentors many times. I have learned that whatever your responsibilities, you can learn from those with more experience.

The Future of Workforce Development Starts Now

12/15/2016
Regardless of the technological advancements that are developed, the most important part of the construction industry is its people.

Local ABC Chapter’s Investment in NCCER Pays Major Dividends

10/13/2016
As one of the largest NCCER training providers in the 1990s, the Pelican Chapter, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) in...

Defining Construction Career Pathways and Why They Matter

9/22/2016
The Construction Labor Market Analyzer reports that by the year 2020, the industry will have a deficit of 1-million...

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About NCCER

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.