Construction Craft Curricula and Assessments Released

Alachua, Florida, UNITED STATES

ALACHUA, Fla., June 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Revised versions of NCCER's Cabinetmaking, Construction Technology and Instrumentation curricula are now available for the construction and maintenance industries along with new Maritime and Masonry products:

NCCER's Cabinetmaking curriculum was recently revised to include updated features and photos. The third edition of this one-module curriculum increased in length from 30 recommended instructional hours to 35. The module is designed for advanced trainees or experienced carpenters and expands on NCCER's Carpentry curriculum to provide basic information needed to construct and apply finishes to custom cabinetry.

Construction Technology
Another title that NCCER recently revised was Construction Technology. The fourth edition includes three new modules: Cabinetmaking, Cabinet Installation and Introduction to Construction Equipment. Construction Technology is a one-level curriculum geared toward secondary education. Training follows the flow of residential construction and covers basic knowledge and principles of carpentry, masonry, electricity, HVAC and plumbing.

The third editions of Instrumentation Level 2 and Instrumentation Level 3 are part of NCCER's four-level Instrumentation series that covers the fundamentals of the craft. Levels 2 and 3 were updated to better align with learning objectives and now include end-of-section questions. In addition, text, graphics and special features were enhanced to reflect advancements in instrumentation technology and techniques.

Maritime Structural Fitter
Maritime Structural Fitter Level 3 is the newest and final level of NCCER's Maritime Structural Fitter series. Development for the curriculum was funded by the National Maritime Education Council as a result of the growing demand for structural fitters by shipyards. The curriculum teaches trainees how to interpret structural drawings and prepare for ship construction and maintenance as well as welding techniques, metallurgy and the importance of crew leadership.

This year, NCCER released its first Masonry written assessment and Performance Verification for journey-level masons. Topics include: personnel safety, equipment, measurements, drawings, specifications, materials, installation and reinforcing, elevated and specialized masonry. After successful completion of the written assessment or Performance Verification, individuals receive credentials that are tracked through NCCER's Registry System. When a journey-level mason successfully completes both the written assessment and Performance Verification, then he or she becomes Certified Plus, NCCER's highest credential.

NCCER develops and publishes its curricula in partnership with leading textbook publisher Pearson. Assessments are developed in conjunction with Prov, NCCER's test development partner, and are designed to evaluate the journey-level knowledge of an individual in a specific craft area and provide a prescription for upgrade training when needed. A team of subject matter experts representing industry and academia contribute to the development of training curricula, assessments and Performance Verifications to ensure they meet or exceed industry standards. NCCER curricula comply with the Department of Labor's Office of Apprenticeship requirements for time-based training.

About NCCER — NCCER is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education foundation created by the construction industry to develop standardized curriculum with portable credentials and to help address the skilled construction workforce shortage. NCCER is recognized by the industry as the training, assessment, certification and career development standard for the construction and maintenance craft professional. For more information, visit or contact NCCER customer service at 888.622.3720.


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