NCCER Core: Introduction to Basic Construction Skills, 6th Edition © 2021

With its expert advice and richly illustrated examples, Core: Introduction to Basic Construction Skills, published by Pearson, sets up students with the foundational skills and questions they will need to progress through further craft training programs and to excel in a construction career.

  • Aligned with OSHA’s 10-hour program
  • New module introducing students to various careers
  • Updates to Hand Tools and Power Tools modules
  • Expanded coverage of construction drawings and math
  • New QR codes, videos, assignments, and resources provide up-to-date knowledge and industry standards
  • Powerful NCCERconnect online course

Introductory Construction Program with Digital Integration

A curriculum that introduces students to essential construction and manufacturing skills, the foundation for all craft programs.


Industry Recognized Authorship

Core is authored by the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER®), a non-profit education foundation created by the construction industry to develop standardized curriculum and credentialing.


Real-World Applications

Modules are structured to show students how they can use the skills they’ve learned on job sites and what careers are available to them.


Reinforce Chapter Concepts and Engage Students

Dynamic presentations, augmented reality simulations, project assignments, videos, and a focus on employability skills enhance the student training experience.


Prepare Students for Certification

Core meets the standards for the Core: Introductory Craft Skills Certification from NCCER.

Construction Skills Teaching Solutions

  • Trade Terms
  • Math Equations
  • Going Green
  • Embedded Tips and Review
  • NCCERconnect Online Course

Trade Terms

  • Highlighting
    Highlighted during the initial presentations
  • Clarity
    Clearly defined from the start so students can work them into the lessons naturally

Math Equations

  • Practical Problems
    Selected to reflect common math problems encountered in construction
  • Step-by-Step
    Presented step-by-step for the most clarity and comprehension

Going Green

  • Benefitting the Planet
    Shows how choices can be made in the construction industry to preserve the environment, save energy, and benefit the overall health of the planet

Embedded Tips and Review

  • Warning Boxes
    Warning boxes stress potentially dangerous situations, while Caution boxes alert students to dangers that may cause equipment damage.
  • Review Questions
    Review questions at the end of each section allow trainees to measure their progress through the curriculum

NCCERconnect Online Course

  • Online Experience
    Core is available on NCCERconnect, providing an online experience with a range of visual, auditory, and interactive elements to enhance training.
  • Interactive eText
    Access the interactive Student Edition eText
  • Course Management
    The easy-to-use interface allows instructors to deliver their course using preloaded content and essential course management tools, including auto-grading.

Take a deeper look into Core’s features


NCCER Overview

Learn more about the organization we partner with and the resources they provide to create a rich curriculum.

Online Platform for your Construction Program

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NCCERconnect prepares students for work as craft professionals by enhancing learning with a range of visual, auditory, and interactive elements. Ideal for blended, virtual, or traditional classroom environments, it's perfect for your craft training course. Teachers can deliver instruction using pre-loaded content and course management tools, streamline training, and track results through the online gradebook.

Additional Core Resources

  • Downloadable Teacher Resources
  • Lesson Plans
  • PowerPoint® Presentations
  • Printable Exams
  • Performance Profile Sheets

Downloadable Teacher Resources

Access the complete collection of Teacher Resources provided for Core.

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Lesson Plans

Precreated lesson plans for each module provide the teacher with key instructional support including objectives, teaching time, prerequisites, safety considerations, materials checklists, and more!


PowerPoint® Presentations

Pre-made presentations for each module are available so teachers can easily use them during an in-person lecture or an online class.


Printable Exams

Module exams are provided in PDF format to easily print and administer. An answer key is included.


Performance Profile Sheets

These evaluation sheets provide a space to record ratings for student performance on tasks specific to the module.


Frequently asked questions about Core: Introduction to Basic Construction Skills

  • What topics are included in the Table of Contents?
    • Building Your Future in Construction
    • Basic Safety
    • Introduction to Construction Math
    • Introduction to Hand Tools
    • Introduction to Power Tools
    • Introduction to Construction Drawings
    • Introduction to Basic Rigging
    • Basic Communication Skills
    • Basic Employability Skills
    • Introduction to Material Handling

    Appendix A Answer Keys

    Appendix C Construction Math

    Appendix D Construction Drawings



  • What grade levels is this text appropriate for?

    Grades 9-12

  • What types of courses is this text best suited for?
    This program is designed for Introductory Construction courses.
  • What is NCCER?
    The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) was founded in 1996 with the goal of developing a safe and productive workforce with standardized training and credentialing. With over 40 craft and maintenance areas and 6,000+ Training locations, NCCER is the leader in building the next generation of industry professionals.
  • Does the course align to any industry certifications?
    Core meets the standards for the Core: Introductory Craft Skills Certification from NCCER.
  • What Student Resources are available?
    Available student resources include the Hardcover Trainee Guide and NCCERconnect Student Access.
  • What Teacher Resources are available?
    Available Teacher Resources include: NCCERconnect Teacher Access, Lesson Plans, PowerPoint® Presentations, Printable Exams, and Performance Profile Sheets.
  • What are the digital license options?
    Student digital access to NCCERconnect can be bundled with the Trainee Guide or purchased separately for 1 year.

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