Southern Crescent Technical College’s Welding Technology programs have recently earned National Center for Construction Education and Research certification as an accredited training and education facility.
The NCCER accreditation means SCTC welding students will be training at an official NCCER training and educational facility. Those students will have an opportunity to take the NCCER test, and upon successful completion, will be NCCER certified.
The NCCER credential is submitted into a national registry that allows organizations and companies to track the qualifications of a potential employee. Students also receive an industry-recognized card indicating which assessments they have completed.
“Earning this accreditation is another example of how Southern Crescent Technical College is training our future workforce to meet the needs of business and industry,” said SCTC President Dr. Randall L. Peters. “Achieving the NCCER accreditation for our welding program was a priority because it really does have a positive impact when one of our graduates enters the job market with this certification. This accreditation is an outside validation of the high quality and standards that we expect from all of our programs and I am proud of the efforts that went into achieving this notable certification.”
Earning the NCCER certification gives students an added advantage as they enter or reenter the workforce, according to SCTC welding instructor David Wiley. “Companies who are hiring will often ask if you have the NCCER certification and that can sometimes be the difference in being chosen for the position,” Wiley stated.
SCTC began the NCCER accreditation process a few years ago. In order to become accredited through NCCER, instructors must take a 40-hour course and each potential NCCER training facility goes through a rigorous process of establishing industry standards within the facility.
NCCER was created in 1996 with the support of more than 125 construction CEOs and various association and academic leaders who united to revolutionize training for the construction industry. With the common goal of developing a safe and productive workforce, a standardized training and credentialing program was created for the industry. The program has evolved into curricula for more than 70 craft areas and a complete series of more than 70 assessments offered in over 4,000 NCCER-accredited training and assessment locations across the United States.
The Welding and Joining Technology program is offered on both the Griffin and Flint River Campuses of Southern Crescent Technical College.