NCCER Revises Core Curriculum

July 27, 2015

The National Center for Construction Education (NCCER) released the fifth edition of its Core Curriculum: Introductory to Craft Skills along with revised versions of Scaffolding, Your Role in the Green Environment and Managing Electrical Hazards. NCCER’s Core Curriculum is a prerequisite to all of its Level 1 curricula and covers topics such as safety, introductions to hand and power tools, employability skills and more. Trainees who complete the curriculum have the basic skills needed to continue training in any craft area.

The revised Core Curriculum includes metric conversions and additional international features. Also, the Basic Rigging module is now called Introduction to Basic Rigging and focuses more heavily on safety with rigging and cranes. The Basic Safety module still meets OSHA 10 standards and will soon replace the Construction Site Safety Orientation pocket guide.

The instructor package for Core Curriculum includes a copy of the Trainee Guide in full color, printed lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, a math workbook and a drawing package. Both the math workbook and drawing package can be downloaded on the Instructor Resource Center. The math workbook is a new supplement to the instructor resources that includes practice problems and simple projects to engage trainees.

Scaffolding was revised to reflect the latest technology, methodology, codes, regulations and industry developments. The second edition of Scaffolding has five more instructional hours and features increased content on safety, including warning boxes throughout the text. In addition, the Trade Safety module now identifies OSHA’s fatal four hazards as they relate to scaffolding. 

The third edition of "Your Role in the Green Environment" has expanded its focus to include issues relevant for international construction and more concentration on building longevity, continued sustainability and new safety warnings. All LEED content has been updated to reflect LEED Version 4.0 and standards for Building Design + Construction. 

"Your Role in the Green Environment" is also approved by the U.S. Green Building Council, an NCCER education partner, for 15 continuing education credits. NCCER’s new instructional design with full color content, lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations and additional instructor resources is included in this revision. In addition, all worksheets and data within the curriculum are provided in both U.S. and metric units.