HBI Offers Online Certification Programs in Building Trades
Home Builders Institute (HBI), the workforce development arm of NAHB, has announced that it will offer new programs for instructor and student certification in residential construction.
“Using the Residential Construction Skill Standards established by NAHB to train and test students, these programs will help bridge the gap between the classroom and the job site,” said Fred Humphreys, HBI’s president and chief executive officer. “Our new certification process will help ensure that the housing industry has well trained workers for years to come.”
The Web-based instructor certification course will be administered through The Ohio State University. To be eligible, instructors must be at the journey level in their craft or have a minimum of three years teaching experience. Upon completion of the program, instructors receive two continuing education units (CEUs) and are certified for five years.
All applications must be received by Dec. 18 for the upcoming session beginning on Feb. 1. Those interested in signing up for the program can submit an online application at www.hbicertification.org.
Residential construction students can also be certified online by taking tests administered through the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI).
Certification is offered at entry, semi-skilled and skilled levels and is appropriate for both secondary and postsecondary programs. Trades testing available for the 2009–2010 school year includes carpentry, HVAC, house wiring and facilities maintenance. Plumbing and masonry testing will be available during the following school year.
Further information on both programs can be found at www.hbi.org/certification and www.buildingcareers.org.
For more information, e-mail Nathan Kelly at HBI, or call him at 800-795-7955 x8936.