Competition Details


Each competition consists of a written exam, typically based on the Contren® Learning Series curricula developed by the NCCER. The written exam accounts for 25 percent 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 percent of the total score.

In 2018, the National Craft Championships presents competitions in the following crafts:

Carpentry: Residential-Commercial

Electrical: Commercial-industrial

Electrical: Residential-Commercial

Fire Sprinkler 


Instrumentation Fitting


Millwright/ Industrial Maintenance Mechanic



Power Line Worker

Sheet Metal



Team Competition


Team Competition

Five journey-level professionals (previous individual competition medalists can compete) will work in teams to complete a series of craft-specific tasks focused on electrical, pipefitting, millwright, carpentry and insulation in a six-hour period. The competition will demonstrate craft inter-dependency and teamwork; simulate working conditions where planning is critical to success; and highlight individual leadership skills as the project is assembled.

The teams will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Practical evaluation by subject matter experts 
  • 75% of the team's overall scores will be based on evaluations in safety (individual and team), individual craft mastery, teamwork and leadership. 
  • 25% of the team’s score will be based on their collective individual scores in a craft-specific assessment.

Awards & Recognition

The NCC typically awards first, second and third place in each craft competition. (First, second and third place Team competitors will be awarded medals only; no cash prizes.) Winners also may receive tools and gifts from NCC sponsors.

  • First Place: Gold Medal and $750
  • Second Place: Silver Medal and $500
  • Third Place: Bronze Medal and $350