NCCER is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education foundation created in 1996. It was developed with the support of more than 125 construction CEO’s and various associations and academic leaders who united to revolutionize training for the construction industry. Sharing the common goal of developing a safe and productive workforce, these companies created a standardized training and credentialing program for the industry. This progressive program has evolved into curricula for more than 60 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.
NCCER develops standardized construction and maintenance curricula and assessments with partible credentials. These credentials are tracked through NCCER’s national registry which also organizations and companies to track the qualifications of their craft professionals and/or check the qualifications of possible new hires. The national registry also assists craft professionals by maintaining their records in a secure database.
SEMCA meets and exceeds all the required standards of the nationally standardized program. As a result, each student is entered into a national teaching program that can be easily transferred among accredited sponsors and throughout the industry. In other words, a SEMCA student can take their transcripts to any other participating NCCER sponsor and continue training.
With more than 7.2 million employees nationwide, industrial and commercial construction has long been one of the nation’s largest industries. Today construction company owners across the nation are facing growing shortage of tradesmen such as pipefitters, steelworkers, electricians, and carpenters.
When you learn construction trades, the industry’s big problem can become your big break. The skills of construction tradesmen are in high demand, and with a 19 percent projected growth rate through 2019, the construction industry has the potential to take you further than the corporate ladder ever could.