The construction industry has grown more and more complex. Change comes quickly and industry standards must keep pace. Therefore, training programs must stay current to meet the demand for a more skilled work force. Gauging a training program’s ability to provide quality education can be difficult for contractors looking to hire the most highly trained professionals. This is where accreditation through a nationally recognized program is vital.
Although San Diego Associated Builders and Contractors apprentices earn college credit, in addition to federal and state recognition, the chapter has taken a step to add an additional level of certification. The program has been awarded Accredited Training Sponsor Candidate Status from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), assuring all its members of nationally recognized training for their craft professionals. NCCER Accredited Training Sponsor status will also allow ABC to partner with high school construction programs, such as North County Trade Tech, in providing a national credential for their students that will be recognized throughout the construction industry.
NCCER is a nonprofit education foundation created to develop standardized construction, maintenance and pipeline curricula, along with portable credentials and to help address the critical shortage of skilled workers. NCCER is affiliated with the University of Florida's M.E. Rinker, Sr., School of Building Construction.
NCCER’s training process of accreditation, instructor certification, standardized curriculum, national registry, assessment and certification is a key component in the industry’s work force development efforts. NCCER also drives multiple initiatives to enhance career development and recruitment efforts for the industry.