How to Start Your Career in Construction

Your military training allows you to receive FREE construction credentials from NCCER that will make you more marketable to employers. NCCER credentials are respected throughout the construction industry and could help you secure an apprenticeship, earn higher wages and offer more opportunities for promotion.

Want to see how your training translates into construction skills? View our crosswalks for each branch to see how your military occupational specialties are aligned with NCCER training.

How to Receive NCCER Credentials for Military Training

Ready to start a career in the construction industry? Click your branch below to fill out the application today. If your military specialty is not listed in the application for your branch or if your branch is not listed at all, then apply for credentials based on your rank by clicking the “Rank-Based” button.

If you would like to read more about the specific credentials you can receive, hover over the “Credentials Explained” tab at the top of the page and click on your branch.


NCCER has partnered with Pearson to provide $1 million worth of complimentary online core codes to service members and veterans. This 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.

Military Friendly: Employers are committed to hiring veterans.

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

Position: Director of Human Resources for Moore Industries, LLC
Military Branch: Army National Guard
Years of Service: 8

Chris Newton

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

Darren Amick

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

Jacob Guzman

Position: Training and Development Manager for S & B Engineers and Constructors, Ltd.
Military Branch: Army
Years of Service: 7

Shane Hair

Position: Director of Talent Acquisition & Pipeline
Military Branch: Army
Years of Service: 17

Bob Persch

Position: Project Services Manager for Kiewit Corporation
Military Branch: Marines, Army
Years of Service: 22+

Dave Gillespie

Position: Chief Electrician
Military Branch: Coast Guard
Years of Service: 22