Industry Credentials 2018-01-16T16:11:08+00:00

Credentialing Portal

About Us

Build Your Future (BYF) is a recruiting and image enhancement initiative under the National Center for Education and Research (NCCER). NCCER is the accrediting body for the construction and maintenance industries and develops curriculum, assessments and provides credentials and certifications that are industry recognized. Many companies look for NCCER credentials during hiring and as a means for additional wages and promotion within their organizations. You can check out some of those at the bottom of the page.


How to Receive NCCER Credentials for Military Training

We want to provide NCCER credentials for the training you received while serving. For this reason, we have worked directly with military trainers and industry representatives to develop task-based alignments for the listed branches represented on the right side of the screen. If your branch is not listed, then click on the Rank-Based” button to review the credentials you are eligible to receive.

To apply: Select the button that best describes your military training, review the NCCER modules that align to your specialty, click on the button located at the bottom of the page, fill out the application form and submit documentation.

After submitting, and once your documents are validated, you will be contacted within 4-6 weeks with an NCCER card number that has been generated from our online, secure database – the NCCER Registry. You will also be notified if NCCER was unable to validate your training.

Hard Hat Heroes is working diligently to align other branches with NCCER craft training. If you feel that your military specialty relates to construction, please click on the red button called “Request Alignment” and submit training information for possible alignments to other crafts.


Air Force
Request Alignment


The printable crosswalks serve as a resource to start the conversation of how a service member’s construction-related skill set will translate into the industry.  The crosswalk on the left compares all branches of the service with specific NCCER training and the crosswalk on the right is the complete document of the Army task-based alignments. By clicking on the images, you will be able to download, review and print off for your next military recruiting event.


No experience, no worries! NCCER has partnered with Pearson to provide $1 million worth of complimentary online Core Curriculum to service members and veterans. This curriculum will prepare you for safety on the job site as it teaches the following topics:

Construction Site Safety

Identify and follow safe work practices, procedures, properly inspect and use safety equipment.

Construction Math

Review basic math skills related to construction trades and demonstrate how they apply to the trades.

Power and Hand Tools

Learn how to identify, safely use and take care of hand and power tools in the construction environment.

Construction Drawings

Introduces the basic terms, components and symbols of  commonly used construction drawings.

Introduction to Basic Rigging

Provides basic information related to rigging, rigging hardware and emphasizes safe working habits during operation.

Communication Skills

Learn about techniques for effective communication on the job including verbal, written and reading skills.

Employability Skills

Describes the opportunities offered in the industry and discusses critical thinking and essential problem-solving skills.

Material Handling

Learn about the hazards associated with handling materials and how to properly avoid injury and property damage.
Request Core Curriculum Here

Military Friendly Employers demonstrate a strong commitment to supporting veterans seeking construction-related careers. The employers listed below have provided links to their open positions and are requesting skilled veterans to apply.  Using the arrows on the right and left side of the screen, scroll through and click on the logos to explore career postings, training opportunities and company contact information.

The Experts That Helped Develop The Task Alignment

David Theriot

Military Workforce Development for Performance Contractors, Inc.
Military Branch: Army National Guard
Years of Service: 7.5

Chris Newton

Workforce Development for Cajun Industries, LLC
Military Branch: Navy
Years of Service: 20

Darren Amick

General Services and Indirects Superintendent for Bechtel Oil, Gas, & Chemicals
Military Branch: Army
Years of Service: 21

John Boerstler

Executive Director for NextOp
Military Branch: Marine Corps
Years of Service: 8

Shane Hair

Recruiting Manager for Day and Zimmermann
Military Branch: Army
Years of Service: 17