ACT and the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)

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ACT and the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) have partnered to provide a common entry point to construction industry careers. As part of the program, NCCER issues National Career Readiness Certificates to trainees for documenting foundational skills. This Certificate serves as a nationwide entry point for further training.

NCCER, founded in 1996 as a not-for-profit education foundation, is the leading source of workforce development resources for the construction and maintenance industry. The NCCER processes of accreditation, instructor certification, standardized curriculum, national registry, assessment, and certification are key components of the industry’s workforce development efforts.

NCCER has more than 600 accredited training sponsors, 400 accredited assessment centers, 4,200 certified Master Trainers, and 40,000 certified Craft Instructors nationwide.

Why NCCER Selected ACT


As the economy rebounds, many construction jobs with excellent salaries will need qualified applicants. These tough economic times call for clear pathways to help new and transitioning workers prepare for jobs in construction. The accreditation system we’ve built at NCCER offers just that, but too many of our trainees and workers simply can’t succeed in the coursework if their foundational learning and workplace skills are lacking. The WorkKeys® assessments ACT has built and refined over almost 20 years of solid research in the workplace will help indicate that our trainees are ready and able to succeed. The assessments and the National Career Readiness Certificate provide a consistent measure of skill levels and help identify specific training needs. Don Whyte, NCCER president

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