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The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education foundation serving a broad spectrum of the construction and maintenance industries since 1996. It was developed with the support of more than 125 construction CEO’s and various association and academic leaders who united to revolutionize training for the construction industry. Sharing the common goal of developing a safe and productive workforce, these companies created a standardized training and credentialing program for the industry.

Working in partnership with various sectors of the construction and maintenance industries, NCCER has dedicated itself to developing and maintaining quality curricula and a training process that is nationally recognized, standardized, portable, and competency-based. These credentials are then tracked through NCCER’s registry allowing organizations and companies to track the qualifications of their craft professionals and/or check the qualifications of possible new hires.

Heavy equipment operators (HEO) not only work on regular construction building jobs, but also on infrastructure projects (roads, bridges, and ports, otherwise called non-building construction), and in mining and timber operations. A trained and experienced equipment operator provides necessary skills for any project that requires moving and transporting heavy materials, or that demands any kind of earthmoving.

Certain members of the instructional staff hold NCCER Master Training Credentials.

Bulldozer | Heavy Equipment Operator School Bulldozer
Articulated Loader | Heavy Equipment Operator School Articulated Loader
Tractor/Loader - Backhoe | Heavy Equipment Operator School Tractor/Loader – Backhoe
Excavator | Heavy Equipment Operator School Excavator