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Thursday, March 16


Do You Want to Be a Champion?

ABC presents the National Craft Championships annually to highlight the achievements of the men and women who represent the future of the construction industry. Craft trainees and apprentices travel from across the country to demonstrate their superior skills, training and safe work practices and compete for top honors in their chosen craft. For the training sponsors, employers and ABC chapters, the NCC demonstrates a staunch commitment to the career paths the construction industry offers. In 2022, NCC introduces tungsten arc welding as a craft demonstration. 



Our Competition

Each competition consists of an online exam based on craft curricula developed by the NCCER. The online exam accounts for 25% of the total score. Held on the second day, competitors are tested on their skills during a six-hour project. This practical performance test accounts for 75% of the total score. Additional competition information, including eligibility requirements, can be found in the NCC guidebook under the documents tab.

The National Craft Championships presents competitions in the following crafts:

Team Competition

Four craft journey-level professionals work as a team to complete a series of craft-specific tasks focused on electrical, plumbing, sheet metal/HVAC and carpentry in a six-hour period. Journey-level professionals may have competed in a prior NCC Commercial Team Competition/Demonstration; this includes competing in the same or a different craft that makes up the NCC Commercial Team Competition. Journey-level professionals who competed as an apprentice in the National Craft Championships ARE eligible to compete, one time only, in the Commercial Team Competition.

Team competitors will not be required to take a written assessment. Controlled copies of the craft specifications and drawings will be given to the teams during orientation. These documents will not be allowed to leave the competition area. A chapter, training sponsor or member firm is welcome to field an entire team, partner with another entity to field an entire team OR sponsor one journey-level competitor, in which case competitors will be assigned to teams on a randomly selected basis.

Competition Objectives

  • • Demonstrate safety along with craft interdependency and teamwork
  • • Simulate working conditions where planning is critical to success
  • • Highlight individual leadership and workmanship skills as the project is assembled and completed.

New! TIG Welding Competition

NCC introduces tungsten arc welding as a new craft competition in 2023. Also known as tungsten inert gas welding, this arc welding process uses a non consumable tungsten electrode to produce a weld.

2022 NCC recap