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NCCER Construction Laborer Level 1

Meet Your Instructor:

Carl Dennis

Mr. Carl Dennis is a Journeyman Carpenter with more than 20 years in the construction industry. He has worked for a variety of companies and has owned his own residential carpentry business. He is a certified operator for a wide variety of heavy equipment. He is an NCCER certified instructor for Carpentry, Construction Laborer and CORE.


Contact Information

Yadira Hernandez, Workforce Development Counselor
Phone: 409-984-6232

What will students learn?

NCCER CORE covering: basic safety, construction site orientation, construction math, hand tools, power tools, construction drawings, basic rigging, communication skills, employability skills and material handling.

NCCER Construction Site Laborer Level 1, covering:

  • Orientation to the Trade - Building Materials, Fasteners and Adhesives.
  • Properties of Concrete - Describes the properties, characteristics, and uses of cement, aggregates, and other materials used in different types of concrete. Covers procedures for estimating concrete volume and testing freshly mixed concrete, as well as methods and materials for curing concrete.
  • Site Layout One–Differential leveling - Covers the principles, equipment, and methods used to perform differential leveling. Also covers the layout responsibilities of surveyors, field engineers, and carpenters; interpretation and use of site/plot plan drawings; the use of laser instruments; and methods used for on-site communication.
  • Handling and Placing Concrete - Covers tools, equipment, and procedures for safely handling, placing, and finishing concrete. Describes joints made in concrete structures and the use of joint sealants.
  • Foundations and Slab-on-Grade - Covers basic site layout safety, tools, and methods; layout and construction of deep and shallow foundations; types of foundation forms; layout and formation of slabs-on-grade; and forms used for curbing and paving.

When does the course begin and end? 

This Course has multiple start dates throughout 2020. Press the "Apply Now" button to see a list of start dates.

Is the Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination required for this course?

No, because of the length of the course, the Texas Department of State Health Services does not require that students provide proof of a bacterial meningitis vaccination.

How many days per week?

Classes meet from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.

What is the length of this class?

This class is three weeks long for a total of 120 contact hours of training.

Location of classes?

Classes will meet on the Associated Builders & Contractors of Southeast Texas campus located at 2700 N Twin City Hwy, Nederland, TX 77627

How much does the class cost?

Tuition for the class is $1377.

Is student funding available for this class?

Tuition assistance may be available through Texas Workforce or through the Port Arthur Economic Development Cooperation. Please call the College for further information.

What supplies will I need?

All training supplies will be provided.

Are there specific attendance or grading policies?

Students must complete each course during the session in which they are enrolled. No partial credit will be awarded. Students falling below 70% of attendance will be automatically dropped from the course. Students must maintain a grade average in excess of 70 in order to pass the course. Only students who successfully pass the course will be awarded NCCER Certification.

NCCER Certifications for Construction Laborer

NCCER is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education foundation created in 1996 as The National Center for Construction Education and Research. It was developed with the support of more than 125 construction CEOs and various association and academic leaders who united to revolutionize training for the construction industry. Sharing the common goal of developing a safe and productive workforce, these companies created a standardized training and credentialing program for the industry. This progressive program has evolved into curricula for more than 70 craft areas and a complete series of more than 70 assessments offered in over 4,000 NCCER-accredited training and assessment locations across the United States.