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NCCER Core Curriculum: Introductory Craft Skills



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.


Registration now open - classes from May 8 to July 28

Module One: Basic Safety (Construction Site Safety Orientation)

This module complies with OSHA-10 training requirements. It explains the safety obligations of workers, supervisors, and managers to ensure a safe workplace. Discusses the causes and results of accidents and the impact of accident costs. Reviews the role of company policies and OSHA regulations .Introduces common job-site hazards and identifies proper protections. Defines safe work procedures, proper use of personal protective equipment, and how to safely work with hazardous chemicals. Identifies other potential constructions hazards, including hazardous material exposures, welding and cutting hazards, and confined spaces. (Module ID 00101-15; 12.5 hours)

Module Two: Introduction to Construction Math

Reviews basic mathematical functions such as adding, subtracting, dividing, and multiplying. Defines whole numbers, fractions, and decimals, and explains their applications to the construction trades. Explains how to use and read various length measurement tools, including standard and metric rulers and tape measures, and the architect's and engineer's scales. Explains decimal-fraction conversions and the metric system, using practical examples. Also reviews basic geometry as aplied to common shapes and forms. (Module ID 00102-15; 10 hours)

Module Three: Introduction to Hand Tools

Introduces trainees to hand tools that are widely used in the construction industry, such as hammers, saws, levels, pullers, and clamps. Explains the specific applications of each tool and shows how to use them properly. Also discusses important safety and maintenance issues related to hand tools. (Module ID 00103-15; 10 Hours)

Module Four: Introduction to Power Tools

Provides detailed descriptions of commonly used power tools, such as drills, saws, grinders, and sanders. Reviews applications of these tools, proper use, safety, and maintenance. Many illustrations show power tools used in on-the-job settings. (Module ID 00104-15; 10 hours)

Module Five: Introduction to Construction Drawings

Familiarizes trainees with basic terms for construction drawings, components, and symbols. Explains the different types of drawings (civil, architectural, structural, mechanical, plumbing/piping, electrical, and fire protection) and instructs trainees on how to interpret and use drawing dimensions. A set of four oversized drawings is included. (Module ID 00105-15; 10 hours)

Module Six: Introduction to Basic Rigging (Elective)

Provides basic information related to rigging and rigging hardware, such as slings, rigging hitches, and hoists. Emphasizes safe working habits in the vicinity of rigging operations. (Module ID 00106-15; 7.5 hours)

Module Seven: Basic Communication Skills

Provides trainees with techniques for communicating effectively with co-workers and supervisors. Includes practical examples that emphasize the importance of verbal and written information and instructions on the job. Also discusses effective telephone and email communication skills. (Module ID 00107-15; 7.5 hours)

Module Eight: Basic Employability Skills

Introduces trainees to critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Reviews effective relationship skills, effective self-presentation, and key workplace issues such as sexual harassment, stress, and substance abuse. Also presents information on computer systems and their industry applications. (Module ID 00108-15; 7.5 hours)

Module Nine: Introduction to Material Handling

Recognizes hazards associated with material handling and explains proper techniques and procedures. Introduces material handling equipment, and identifies appropriate equipment for common job-site tasks. (Module ID 00109-15; 5 hours)