NCCER: Volume 10

Catch up! Construction training center releases tenth edition of electrical curriculum

NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) recently revised and released the 10th edition of its electrical curriculum. Written in conjunction with a national subject matter expert committee, all four levels have been updated to meet the 2020 NFPA 70: National Electric Code (NEC).

NCCER, headquartered in Alachua, Fla., near Gainesville, is considered by many the leader in construction training, education, workforce development, and accreditation.

In the tenth edition, ten modules have undergone substantial revisions with a special focus on safety and the latest technology. New sections on employee and employer responsibilities for safety, shock and arc blast hazards, personal protective equipment and expanded ladder safety were added to the “Safety for Electricians” (26102) module. Much requested, modules “Electric Lighting” (26203) and “Practical Applications of Lighting” (26303) have been rewritten with a focus on LED technology, according to an August 11 press release.

In addition to its literature, the organization has a bona fide goldmine of training videos online; both hands-on and theory-based. It has continued to supplement its YouTube page during the pandemic with a new virtual learning series, as well, but highlights include the videos of the “I Built This” variety featuring students in training:


Additional updates in the tenth edition include a major overhaul of math and tables in load calculations, new information on Bluetooth-enabled technology for test equipment, and added career paths, including utility electrician, substation technician and maritime electrician, in occupational overview.

A team of subject matter experts representing industry and academia contribute to the development of NCCER’s curricula to ensure it meets or exceeds industry standards. The authoring committee responsible for making these changes included nearly 20 subject matter experts with representatives from Associated Electrical Contractors, Cianbro, Gaylor Electric, Gould Construction Institute/Elm Electrical, Inc., Industrial Management & Training Institute, Madison Comprehensive High School, National Field Services, Putnam Career & Technical Center, Tri-City Electrical Contractors, as well as independent individuals Dan Lamphear and John Mueller.

NCCER develops and distributes its curricula in partnership with leading textbook publisher Pearson and ensures that it complies with the Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship requirements for time-based training. Individuals who successfully complete these training programs through an NCCER Accredited Training Sponsor will earn industry-recognized credentials through the NCCER Registry System.

NCCER’s Electrical curriculum is available now in print and will be offered on NCCERconnect in the beginning of 2021. To learn more about NCCER curricula and purchasing options, visit

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