About NCC

Our Competition


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.

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



Commercial Team Competition
Commercial Metal Stud Framing and Drywall


Commercial 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.

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



New! TIG Welding Demo 


NCC introduces tungsten arc welding (GTAW) as a craft demonstration in 2022. Also known as tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding, this arc welding process uses a non-consumable tungsten electrode to produce a weld.