NCCER Core is designed as a rigorous, competency-based, industry-recognized program for career and technical education. NCCER training programs, including Core, are designed to meet the Department of Labor’s office of apprenticeship requirements for time-based training and are modular in format, allowing for flexibility and custom task training. To earn a Core credential, students are required to complete both written tests and performance evaluations for each module. 

NCCER’s Core credential is recognized throughout the country by the construction industry and meets Perkins funding requirements. For schools governed by the Florida Department of Education, 150 hours of knowledge and skills-based instruction are required.

Academic Pre & Post Tests

Academic pre- and post-tests are created for secondary career and technical education. These tests are designed to be used as a diagnostic tool to gauge the trainee's knowledge gained during the course of academic instruction.

Successful completion of these tests will not result in an NCCER credential.

Pre- and Post-Test Information Sheet


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This exceptionally produced trainee guide features a highly illustrated design, technical hints and tips from industry experts, review questions and a whole lot more!  Key content includes: Basic Safety, Introduction to Construction Math, Introduction to Hand Tools, Introduction to Power Tools, Construction Drawings, Basic Rigging, Basic Communication Skills, Basic Employability Skills and Introduction to Material Handling.  A new module titled Build Your Future in Construction has also been added.

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Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are a vital part of NCCER's Curriculum development process. SMEs are construction and maintenance professionals who have journey-level experience and have experience teaching their trades to others. Click below to view a list of SMEs who contributed to the development of this series.

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This program includes an introduction to several other NCCER crafts, which allows opportunities for further career development.

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