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NCCER Core Construction

Funding is available through the Philip E. & Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation Scholarships. Contact a Career Navigator for more information and to get started.

NCCER Core Construction courses take place at
Harford's Leading Edge Training Center Powered by the Ratcliffe Foundation, located at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford & Cecil Counties,
2002 Cedar Drive, Edgewood, MD.

A career in the construction trades means hard work, long hours, and the satisfaction of seeing what you've helped to build. It requires skill, safety, and working knowledge of construction plans and drawings.

Harford Community College uses the National Center for Construction Education and Research's (NCCER) curriculum to introduce students to the construction industry. They provide entry-level knowledge and skills for individuals wanting to enter the construction industry. Instruction includes basic safety, construction math, tools, construction drawings, material handling, employability skills, and more.

For each module completed, students receive NCCER digital badges and those completing the entire program receive the NCCER Core badge.

NCCER credentials are standardized, portable and recognized across the construction industry, helping you display your abilities to employers nationwide.

Program Overview

NCCER Badges
NCCER Core Badge


Matt Baylis


Required Courses/NCCER Modules

NCCER Construction Industry Basics  |  16 hours
Orientation to the Industry
Basic Safety
Material Handling

NCCER Introduction to Construction Skills  |  62 hours
Introduction to Hand Tools
Introduction to Power Tools
Introduction to Construction Math
Introduction to Construction Drawings

NCCER Construction Professionalism  |  16 hours
Basic Communication
Employability Skills

OSHA 10  |  10 Hours


NCCER is recognized by the construction industry as the training, assessment, certification and career development standard for the construction and maintenance craft professional. 

What can I do when I complete this program?

Students successfully completing this program have the skills necessary for entry-level employment on construction sites. Students may also obtain additional certifications to advance in the trade. 

Potential Careers

  • Entry-level Carpenter
  • Apprentice (multiple fields)
  • Construction Laborer