ALACHUA, Fla. — NCCER recently revised and released the final two levels of its Welding curriculum. The fifth edition of Welding Level 3 and Level 4 are in addition to last year’s revisions of Level 1 and Level 2 and present more challenging welding techniques for advanced trainees and experienced welders.

NCCER’s Welding curriculum was revised to incorporate the latest methods, technology, tools and techniques. Included throughout the fifth edition are metric conversions, updated photos of new technology and a broadened emphasis on safety. Specifically, Welding Level 3 covers equipment set up, preparation and execution of SMAW, GMAW, FCAW and GTAW open-root V-groove welds. Level 4 covers GMAW and GTAW for aluminum and includes a new module titled Soldering and Brazing. Until now, NCCER’s Welding curriculum had only three levels along with a fourth book called “Advanced Topics: Aluminum.” However, with the expansion of training in soldering and brazing, the fourth book is now Level 4 in the series.

Also revised was the final level in NCCER’s four-level Instrumentation series. The third edition of Instrumentation Level 4 was updated to better align with learning objectives and now includes end-of-section questions. In addition, text, graphics and special features were enhanced to reflect advancements in instrumentation technology and techniques.

A printed Instructor’s Copy is available for both Welding and Instrumentation, which includes a Trainee Guide, comprehensive lesson plans and an access code for the Instructor Resource Center. With that code, instructors can download digital versions of new lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, module exams, Performance Profiles and more. The lesson plans include step-by-step instructional outlines, learning objectives, teaching times and tips, safety considerations and equipment lists. In turn, the enhanced PowerPoint presentations 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.

NCCER develops and publishes its curricula in partnership with leading textbook publisher Pearson. A team of subject matter experts representing industry and academia contribute to the development of training curricula to ensure they meet or exceed industry standards. Individuals who successfully complete these training programs through an NCCER Accredited Training Sponsor will earn industry-recognized credentials through the NCCER Registry System. NCCER curricula comply with the Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship requirements for time-based training.