NCCER Revises Curriculum, Releases Training Video

The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), Gainesville, Fla., has revised both the structure and content of the Contren Learning Series “Construction Technology” curriculum.

This full-color textbook contains 16 modules compiled from four existing NCCER programs and is now available for purchase. NCCER worked with subject matter experts representing industry and academia across the country to introduce relevant industry material into the existing books.

“The new Construction Technology curriculum features a combination of modules to acquaint the entry-level craftworker with the foundational skills necessary for a construction career,” said Angela Jonas, NCCER project manager. “This new curriculum includes an introduction to HVAC module as well as a new Residential Electrical Services module in line with the latest NEC requirements.”

Students successfully completing Construction Technology through an NCCER Accredited Training Sponsor will earn industry-recognized credentials through the NCCER National Registry.

NCCER has also announced the 2009 release of Minor Decisions: Major Impact; How to Deal with Real Issues in Project Management, a DVD training video.

The DVD provides trainees with scenario-based training. It creates discussion about the roles and actions of a construction project manager, while also bringing real-world project management issues to life in the classroom. The central topics, which are covered in six video segments, include how to manage best under pressure, resolving team conflicts, using best practices, and mitigating negative impacts on schedules and costs.

Minor Decisions: Major Impact is a timely and critical addition to NCCER’s library of training programs,” said Daniele Stacey, NCCER’s director of product development. “It takes real-life situations that today’s project manager faces on a daily basis and seamlessly brings them into a classroom environment.”

Other general themes and issues explored by the DVD incorporate management and leadership styles, teamwork and attitudes, disciplinary action, problem identification, fact finding, root cause analysis, resource control, and proper housekeeping procedures.

The program comes with an instructor’s guide featuring lesson plan suggestions and tips for guiding use of the video, as well as discussion questions and class exercises. It will be sold as both an accompanying resource to NCCER’s Project Management curriculum and as a stand-alone product.

Earlier this year, the program received a 2009 Gold Aurora Award, an independent film and video competition. The winning entry’s competition category was “Leadership Management Training.”