Industry-Recognized Credentials: Construction

ECONOMIC SECTOR: CONSTRUCTION

JOBS IN DEMAND

  • Brickmasons
  • Carpenters
  • Construction Equipment Operators
  • Construction Laborers and Helpers
  • Electricians
  • Insulation Workers
  • Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters
  • Roofers
  • Painters
  • Hazardous removal workers
  • Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
  • Ironworkers

INDUSTRY-RECOGNIZED CREDENTIALS

The home building industry has a variety of certifications and credentials for students, career and technical education instructors and training programs. These certifications and credentials are grounded on the National Construction Skills Standards developed by the Home Builder’s Institute, a partner of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The standards include the industry’s skills requirements for entry, semi-skilled and skilled levels of job proficiency in construction trades and cover a variety of functional job areas, including carpentry; electrical wiring; heating; ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC); plumbing; brick masonry; painting; landscaping; facilities maintenance; and green/energy-efficient building and solar. Training and certification offered by HBI is delivered via the Residential Construction Academy Series, mentoring, pre-apprenticeship and in the NAHB student chapters.

There are many different careers requiring training and certification in the industrial and commercial construction sector. The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) is the standard for developing craft professionals in industrial and commercial construction. NCCER offers curricula in over 70 different craft areas and a complete series of more than 70 assessments offered in over 4,000 NCCER-accredited training and assessment locations across the United States. These programs are applicable in industrial, commercial and residential construction.

The NCCER Curriculum developed by Subject Matter Experts covers a broad array of craft areas, safety training and management and is taught worldwide by contractors, associations, construction users and secondary and post-secondary schools. Individuals who successfully complete the curriculum are eligible for portable, industry-recognized credentials, which are recorded in the NCCER Registry. The Registry provides transcripts, certificates and wallet cards to craft professionals and students who successfully complete the NCCER curriculum and/or assessments through an NCCER Accredited Training Sponsor or NCCER Accredited Assessment Center.

NCCER’s complete series of entry- and journey-level written assessments are part of its National Craft Assessment and Certification Program (NCACP). Written assessments evaluate the knowledge of an individual in a specific craft area and provide a prescription for upgrade training when necessary. NCCER also offers management assessments for experienced foremen and supervisors. All written assessments are based on the NCCER Curriculum and have been developed in conjunction with Subject Matter Experts from the industry and Prov™, NCCER’s test development partner. Once a written assessment is successfully passed, a Knowledge Verified credential is awarded and recorded via the NCCER Registry.

In addition to the written assessments, NCCER offers Performance Verifications designed to assess an individual’s skill level on specific tasks within the corresponding craft. Performance Verifications require a participant to demonstrate their skill level in a controlled, observable, and measurable manner and must be administered by a qualified objective performance evaluator. After successfully completing a Performance Verification, an individual becomes Performance Verified and is awarded the credential as mentioned above. Individuals that pass both the written assessment and corresponding Performance Verification become certified and are awarded the Certified Plus, the highest credential offered by NCCER.

The following is a list of craft areas with associated credentials in the residential, commercial and industrial construction sectors:

RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION FUNDAMENTALS, INCLUDING BASIC PRINCIPLES OF CONSTRUCTION, CARPENTRY, FACILITIES MAINTENANCE, HOUSE WIRING, HVAC AND PLUMBING.

Certifying Body
Home Builders Institute (HBI)
Contact
Laura Bray
certification@hbi.org

STUDENT CERTIFICATION (DOWNLOAD PDF)

  • Entry-Level
  • Semi-Skills
  • Skilled

INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL SPECIFIC CRAFT AREA CURRICULA AND CREDENTIALS COVERING ENTRY, JOURNEY AND MANAGEMENT LEVEL.

Certifying Body
National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)
Contact
1.888.622.3720
www.nccer.org
info@nccer.org

CRAFT TRAINING (READ MORE ON THE NCCER SITE)

NCCER Curricula covers over 70 different craft areas. To view an extensive list of the curricula offered by NCCER, visit the NCCER’s website at www.nccer.org.

ENTRY-LEVEL ASSESSMENTS (READ MORE ON THE NCCER SITE)

  • Carpenter Level One
  • Construction Technologist
  • Core: Introductory Craft Skills
  • Electrician Level One
  • Heavy Equipment Operator Level One
  • Maritime Core
  • Masonry Level One

JOURNEY-LEVEL ASSESSMENTS AND PERFORMANCE VERIFICATIONS (READ MORE ON THE NCCER SITE)

  • Boilermaker – Pressure Vessel
  • Commercial Carpenter
  • Commercial Electrician
  • Concrete Finisher
  • Drywall Mechanic
  • HEO: Backhoe
  • HEO: Dozer
  • HEO: Dump Truck
  • HEO: Excavator
  • HEO: Forklift
  • HEO: Loader
  • HEO: Motor Grader
  • HEO: Roiler
  • HEO: Scraper
  • HVAC Technician
  • Hydroblasting Technician
  • Industrial Boilermaker – Exchanger
  • Industrial Boilermaker – Maintenance
  • Industrial Carpenter
  • Industrial Coating & Lining Application Specialist Level One
  • Industrial Coating & Lining Application Specialist Level Two
  • Industrial Coating & Lining Specialist Level Two
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Industrial Insulator
  • Industrial Ironworker
  • Industrial Maintenance Electrical and Instrumentation Technician
  • Industrial Maintenance Mechanic
  • Industrial Maintenance Support Mechanic
  • Industrial Millwright
  • Industrial Painter
  • Industrial Pipefitter
  • Instrumentation Fitter
  • Instrument Technician
  • Plumber
  • Power Generation Maintenance Electrician
  • Power Generation Maintenance Mechanic
  • Reinforcing Ironworker
  • Scaffold Builder

MANAGEMENT (READ MORE ON THE NCCER SITE)

  • Foreman
  • Supervisor
  • Sustainable Construction Supervisor

PIPELINE ASSESSMENTS AND PERFORMANCE VERIFICATIONS (READ MORE ON THE NCCER SITE)

Gas

  • Gas Maintenance Technician
  • Gas Pipeline Operations
  • Abnormal Operating Conditions-Control Center
  • Abnormal Operating Condition-Field

Liquid

  • Field Operator
  • Control Center Operations Technician
  • Mechanical Pipeline Technician
  • Abnormal Operating Conditions-Control Center
  • Abnormal Operating Condition-Field

Liquid & Gas

  • Corrosion Prevention Field Technician 1-Installation
  • Corrosion Prevention Field Technician 1-Measurement
  • Corrosion Prevention Field Technician 2
  • Corrosion Prevention Field Technician 3
  • Custom Pipeline Maintenance Technician
  • Custom Pipeline Maintenance Technician Level One
  • Custom Pipeline Maintenance Technician Level Two
  • Custom Pipeline Maintenance Inspector
  • Electrical and Instrumentation Pipeline Technician
  • NDT: Radiographic Film Interpretation of Pipeline Welds
  • Pipeline Maintenance Technician

MOBILE CRANE OPERATOR

Thirteen-Equipment Specific Certifications (including capacity):

  • Industrial / All Purpose Crane
  • Crawler Mount Crane, Lattice Boom, Hydraulic Machinery
  • Crawler Mount Crane, Lattice Boom, Friction Machinery
  • Rubber Tire Truck Mount Crane, Lattice Boom, Hydraulic Machinery
  • Rubber Tire Truck Mount Crane, Lattice Boom, Friction Machinery
  • Rough Terrain / All Terrain Crane, Single Control Station, Rotating Controls
  • Rough Terrain / All Terrain Crane, Single Control Station, Fixed Controls
  • Rubber Tire Truck Mount Crane, Telescopic Boom, All Terrain
  • Crawler Mount Crane, Telescopic Boom
  • Rubber Tire Truck Mount Crane, Boom Truck – Telescopic Boom, Fixed Controls
  • Rubber Tire Truck Mount Crane, Boom Truck – Telescopic Boom, Rotating Controls
  • Rubber Tire Truck Mount Crane, Boom Truck – Articulating Boom, Fixed Controls
  • Rubber Tire Truck Mount Crane, Boom Truck – Articulating Boom, Rotating Controls

TOWER CRANE OPERATOR

Three-Equipment Certifications

  • Luffer
  • Self-Erect
  • Hammerhead

RIGGER

Three-Level Certification Program

  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

SIGNAL PERSON

  • Hand, Voice and Radio