NCCER Accredited Training Sponsors are the foundation of the NCCER standardized craft training program. An Accredited Training Sponsor (ATS) is responsible for conducting and delivering a quality training program based on NCCER standards and criteria.

As part of the accreditation process, each ATS benefits from the NCCER Registry System, which is an international database of the individuals who have successfully completed NCCER standardized construction, maintenance, safety, and/or pipeline training conducted by an NCCER accredited organization.

The Registry System records training completions/assessments/performance verifications, and issues appropriate credentials (transcripts, certificates, and wallet cards). This international database ensures the portability and recognition of each trainee's completions and accomplishments. The Registry System allows ATS, Accredited Assessment Centers, Authorized Assessment Sites, Accredited Training and Education Facilities, and Training Unit locations to electronically submit and track training, assessments, and performance verifications. The data is then compiled by an NCCER training sponsor and/or assessment center organization, allowing sponsor representatives, administrators, and end-users to access records via the Registry System or Online Verification for quick and easy confirmation of credentials.

• As industries compete more fiercely for fewer qualified workers, a professional, accredited training program that offers industry-recognized credentials and a clearly defined career path will attract and retain high-caliber workers.

• In today’s highly competitive markets, clients demand increased project quality. Only those contractors with trained and skilled workers capable of meeting that demand will succeed.

• Standardized training will create a national pool of construction and maintenance workers with documented, portable credentials.

• Training improves productivity, which increases profitability.

• Standardized training will establish construction and maintenance industries as industries with credible career opportunities rather than just jobs.

• Career paths defined through standardized training will improve the image of the industry.

• Corporate commitment to improving workforce skills and professionalism increases employee loyalty and motivation while reducing absenteeism and turnover.

• Construction and maintenance users, pipeline operators, and regulatory bodies do not tolerate contractors with unsafe, unskilled workers and hold employers liable for failing to train their employees.

• Corporate commitment to training clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality management, providing a critical competitive edge.

• A professional, well-trained workforce increases overall client satisfaction, thereby increasing the potential for repeat business.

• Well-trained workers are more capable of identifying potential problems and making innovative, cost-reducing solutions.

• Contractors who train have a competitive advantage.

• NCCER’s standardized training provides an industry-wide standard of recognition, career advancement opportunities, and a personal sense of accomplishment, professionalism, and pride for workers.
The bottom-line results of the standardized training process are increased productivity, reduced accidents, and, in turn, more cost-effective construction and maintenance operations.