NCCER Core Courses

The NCCER Core Curriculum is a prerequisite to all other Level 1 craft curriculum. Its modules cover topics such as Basic Safety, Communication Skills and Introduction to Construction Drawings.
Completing this curriculum gives the trainee the basic skills needed to continue education in any craft area he or she chooses.

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Core Curriculum

Module One: Basic Safety (Construction Site Safety Orientation)

This module explains the importance of safety in the construction and industrial crafts. Trainees will learn how to identify and follow safe work practices and procedures and how to properly inspect and use safety equipment. Trainees will be able to describe the safety practices associated with elevated work; energy release; and various hazards encountered on job sites. NOTE: The successful completion of this module will award a Construction Site Safety Orientation credential. (Module ID: 00101-15; 12.5 hours)

Module Two: Introduction to Construction Math

This module  introduces trainees to basic math skills needed in the construction environment. The module reviews whole numbers and fractions; working with decimals; the four primary math operations; reading rulers and tape measures; the Imperial and metric units of measurement; basic geometric figures; and area and volume calculations for two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects.(Module ID: 00102-15; 10 hours)

Module Three: Introduction to Hand Tools

This module  instructs trainees in the identification, use, and care of hand tools. Developing the knowledge to properly choose and safely use hand tools is an essential part of the construction industry. (Module ID: 00103-15; 10 hours)

Module Four: Introduction to Power Tools

This module identifies and describes some of the power tools used by construction workers. The construction of each tool is discussed, along with information regarding the safe usage and typical maintenance requirements of power tools. NOTE: Trainees are required to successfully complete Module 00101-15, Basic Safety (Construction Site Safety Orientation) before studying this module. (Module ID: 00104-15; 10 hours)

Module Five: Introduction to Construction Drawings

This module provides trainees with the information and skills needed to read and understand construction drawings. This module includes a set of four oversize drawings, which is included as an Appendix in the Trainee Guide. The drawings are also available for download from (Module ID: 00105-15; 10 hours)

Module Six: Introduction to Basic Rigging

This module identifies different types of rigging slings and hardware and describes how those items
are used. It explains how to properly inspect slings and hardware items. It also examines different types of hoists used in rigging, and it describes common rigging hitches and how to make the Emergency Stop hand signal. Note that no level of certification or competency is awarded to trainees after completing this module; the content is designed strictly for familiarization. (Module ID: 00106-15; 7.5 hours)

Module Seven: Basic Communication Skills

This module provides trainees with the information and skills needed to communicate effectively and clearly. Developing good communications skills enables the construction professional to become a confident, reliable asset to their craft. (Module ID: 00107-15; 7.5 hours)

Module Eight: Basic Employability Skills

This module provides trainees with guidance related to finding and securing a position in the construction trades. In addition, guidance in the areas of problem-solving and effective interaction with others is offered to help ensure their success in the construction trades. (Module ID: 00108-15; 7.5 hours)

Module Nine: Introduction to Material Handling

This module provides safety guidelines for workers handling materials on the job site. It covers proper procedures and techniques to use when lifting, stacking, transporting, and unloading materials. It also introduces basic motorized and non-motorized material-handling equipment commonly found in the construction environment. (Module ID: 00109-15; 5 hours)

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