Alachua, Fla. – In an industry where recruitment, training and retention are the key components of successful workforce development, NCCER continues to develop and enhance its construction craft training curricula and resources.

Last week, NCCER released revisions to its stand-alone Abnormal Operating Conditions and Control Center Abnormal Operating Conditions modules. Assessments for these modules are currently being revised and will be released by the end of 2013. Other curriculum and assessment releases during the third quarter included Carpentry Level 1 (5th Ed.)HVAC Level 1 (4th Ed.)Maritime Pipefitting Level 1 (1st Ed.)Heavy Equipment Operations Level 2 (3rd Ed.)Plumbing Level 2 (4th Ed.), and revised versions of the Industrial Pipefitter and Industrial Millwright assessments.

Beginning with these curriculum titles, new comprehensive lesson plans and PowerPoint Presentations have replaced Annotated Instructor Guides (AIGs) and are available electronically via the NCCER Instructor Resource Center (IRC). The new lesson plans include step-by-step instructional outlines, learning objectives, teaching times and tips, safety considerations and equipment lists. In turn, the enhanced PowerPoints are fully integrated with the lesson plans and also feature new images, key talking points, instructor notes and additional slides with graphics for instructor customizations.

"The new PowerPoints and detailed lesson plans really complement each other, making it easy to use NCCER curricula and create an interactive classroom experience,” said Daniel Kerkman, HVAC instructor at Madison Area Technical College. “These new resources also offer the flexibility to add more content if I choose to give the course my own personal touch.”

In addition to instructor resources, NCCER has also released new Performance Verification (PV) resources for its Industrial Pipefitter and Industrial Millwright PVs. These resources include plans to fabricate lab mock-ups and simulations, comprehensive equipment and materials lists, and video clips with step-by-step instructions. These resources will better equip performance evaluators to successfully administer NCCER’s PVs, and are currently being developed for additional crafts. NCCER Accredited Training Sponsors can access these new resources through the Automated National Registry (ANR) under the “Resources” tab.