NCCER credentials

In an effort to provide students and craft professionals with industry-recognized credentials and assure national portability of skills, NCCER maintains a credentialing and certification system through its Registry. This online database tracks both training and/or assessments for its participants.

For training, the NCCER Registry System provides transcripts, certificates and wallet cards to students who successfully complete the NCCER curriculum through an NCCER Accredited Training Sponsor. A transcript, certificate and an initial wallet card are granted when a trainee completes Core Curriculum or any other full level of a craft.* These industry credentials allow participants to provide easy verification of training for current employers.

*Level One trainees must also complete the Core Curricula to receive a Level One Completion Certificate in most crafts.

For assessments, the NCCER Registry System provides verification of an individual's qualifications when the individual has successfully completed the written assessment, known as knowledge verified*, or performance verification, known as performance verified*; for a craft through an Accredited Assessment Center. Individuals who successfully complete a performance verification will receive a transcript and wallet card. For successful completion of both the written assessment and the corresponding performance verification, individuals will receive a certified plus certificate and Certified Plus wallet card.


NCCER offers a complete series of entry- and journeyman-level written assessments as part of its National Craft Assessment and Certification Program (NCACP). These assessments evaluate the knowledge of an individual in a specific craft and provide a plan for upgrade training when needed. All assessments are based upon the NCCER Curriculum and have been developed in conjunction with Subject Matter Experts from the industry and Prov™, NCCER’s test development partner.

NCCER also offers management assessments for experienced foremen and a series of academic tests for secondary career and technical education, which assist states in implementing statewide accountability systems.

Performance verifications

NCCER Performance Verifications (PVs) are designed to assess an individual's skill level on specific tasks. PVs require a participant to demonstrate their skill level in a controlled, observable, and measurable manner and must be administered by a qualified objective performance evaluator.

Each package contains a submission sheet, cover page, how-to instructions, and the candidate and evaluator reference sheets for each covered task, as well as any necessary drawings and forms.