NCCER FAQ's

School of Construction NCCER Module Requirement

Catalog Year 2017-2018 or Later

Beginning in the fall 2017 semester, the School of Construction will implement a degree requirement related to hands- on verification of skills through a partnership with the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). NCCER is an organization that creates and implements standardized workforce development training. For additional information about NCCER, please visit their website: nccer.org.

Each NCCER Module requires students to successfully demonstrate their ability to perform specific tasks, called Performance Verification. Four courses within the School of Construction require an in-person demonstration of skills as part of the NCCER Performance Verification requirement. Students must successfully pass each NCCER Performance Verification for the following Modules as part of their degree requirements:

  • AEC 204 - Materials and Methods of Construction
    NCCER Module #23209 - Quality Control
  • BCT 205 - Surveying
    NCCER Module #78101-04 - Introduction to Site Layout
  • AEC 315 - Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Systems
    NCCER Module #03109-13 - Introduction to Air Distribution Systems
    NCCER Module #02110-12 - Introduction to Plumbing Fixtures
  • BCT 445 - Soils and Foundations
    NCCER Module #22308-13 - Soils

Students may satisfy all NCCER Performance Verification requirements in a one-week summer session on the USM Hattiesburg campus. Successful completion of the week-long session will satisfy the NCCER Module degree requirement. Students must complete the following 3-hour lecture courses before attending the one-week summer session: AEC 204 - Materials and Methods of Construction, BCT 205 - Surveying, AEC 315 - Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Systems, BCT 445 - Soils and Foundations.

An alternative option to the above requirement is to find an NCCER module assessment center near you by following this link: https://www.nccer.org/get-involved/individuals-seeking-training/find-a-training-or-assessment-center. If this option is selected, the student is responsible for all associated fees and scheduling.

Catalog Year 2016-2017 and Earlier
Students will complete the traditional lab course associated with the following four courses. Additional information will be provided by the respective instructor in the course syllabus.

  • AEC 204 - Materials and Methods of Construction
  • BCT 205 - Surveying
  • AEC 315 - Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Systems
  • BCT 445 - Soils and Foundations

For questions, please contact Carlos Sterling, NCCER Module Administrator, at 601-266-4305 or Carlos.Sterling@usm.edu.