KCCD 21st Century Energy Center

The 21st Century Energy Center NCCER TRAINING & CERTIFICATIONS (National Center for Construction Education and Research) program offers curricula in over 60 different craft areas and more than 80 different assessments. When you successfully complete training, assessments and/or performance verifications through an NCCER Accredited Training Sponsor or Assessment Center, NCCER’s National Registry records your completions and issues the appropriate credentials.

The Core Construction Skills Curriculum: This 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 and/or acquire employability skills for industry.








BASIC SAFETY: explains the role of safety in the construction crafts. Trainees will learn how to identify and follow safe work practices and procedures as well as how to properly inspect and use safety equipment. Trainees will be able to describe safe work procedures for lifting heavy objects, fighting fires, and working around electrical hazards.



INTRODUCTION TO CONSTRUCTION MATH: This introduces mathematical operations commonly used in construction, and explains how the metric system and geometry are used in the trade. Trainees will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, fractions, and decimals, as well as how to convert decimals, fractions, and percentages.


INTRODUCTION TO HAND TOOLS: This teaches how to inspect and properly use hand tools. Trainees will learn how to identify and take care of basic hand tools.


INTRODUCTION TO POWER TOOLS: This introduces power tools commonly used in the construction trade. Trainees will learn how to safely use and properly maintain a variety of power tools.


INTRODUCTION TO CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS: This discusses construction drawing terms, components, and symbols. Trainees will learn how to interpret construction drawings, recognize classifications of drawings, and use drawing dimensions.


BASIC COMMUNICATION SKILLS: This teaches basic communication skills. Trainees will learn how to interpret information in written and verbal form and how to communicate effectively using written and verbal skills, as well as using electronic communication devices.


BASIC EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS: We teach basic employability skills. Trainees will learn how to effectively use critical thinking, computer, and relationship skills in industry. This module will also include trainee awareness of such workplace issues as sexual harassment, stress, and substance abuse.


INTRODUCTION TO MATERIALS HANDLING: This introduces and teaches the concept of materials handling. Trainees will learn how to properly handle materials and move them around the job site, as well as how to choose the appropriate materials-handling equipment, recognize hazards, and follow materials-handling safety procedures.


BASIC ELECTRICITY: This course provides a practical introduction to industrial electricity principles as applied to modern industrial, commercial and institutional electric power systems. This course will provide you with a solid foundation on which you can build. As an introduction to basic electricity, it gives you the knowledge you need to take the next step to advanced training for almost any profession that deals with electricity. The subjects covered are a must for anyone who works with and around electricity or around electrical components. The fundamentals include electrical flow, Ohm’s Law, electrical drawings, symbols and schematics, information on basic relay, breaker and fuse operation, as well as AC transformers and electric motors. These subjects are explained thoroughly without the unnecessary complex math. Participants will assemble practical circuits in which they will apply the concepts learned.