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National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) Core/Introductory Craft Skills

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The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) provides instructional pathways for craft/trade education and certification, awarding nationally recognized credentials for students who learn, master, and demonstrate a level of proficiency in their craft, trade, or profession. Through standardized curricula and assessments in construction and maintenance, NCCER provides nationally recognized industry credentials in more than seventy craft areas. These credentials are recorded in NCCER’s Registry System where employers can track and verify the qualifications of craft professionals.


NCCER Core Curriculum covers basic knowledge and requirements needed in the construction and industrial trades and is the prerequisite to all other NCCER Level 1 craft programs. With modules in Safety, Construction Math, Hand and Power Tools, Construction Drawings, Rigging, Materials Handling, and Communication/Employability Skills, this introductory course provides the basic skills needed to continue on for certification in any NCCER craft.

This is a twelve-week hybrid course with a required four-hour weekly classroom/lab period meeting one evening per week and online homework/activities to be completed before the next class session.

Trainee Requirement Details

Coursework includes 48 hours of classroom/lab training and 48 hours of online homework and activities. No academic or experience prerequisites. Eighth-grade competence in reading and mathematics is recommended. 



This a FastForward Program.  Qualifying Virginia residents may be eligible for FastForward financial assistance, which could reduce the cost of tuition by two-thirds.

Get more information on upcoming courses:

Contact Robin Jennings, FastForward Career Coach at (540) 863-2899 or rjennings@mgcc.edu for more information and to register.

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