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NCCER Reinforcing Iron Levels 1 & 2

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, Reinforcing Iron, and CORE.


Contact Information

Ms. Francis Neitzel, Grant Coordinator
Phone: 409-984-6351


Donna Thomas, 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 Reinforcing Iron Level 1 covering: Concrete Reinforcement, Rigging Equipment, Rigging Practices, Commercial Blueprints, and Oxyfuel Cutting.

NCCER Reinforcing Iron Level 2 covering: Concrete Forms, Handling and Placing Concrete, Manufactured Forms, Metal Decking and Interlocutory Skills for the Crew Leader Trainee.

Is there an employer partner for this class?

Yes, this class is taught in partnership with Bechtel Energy.  All students will be interviewed for immediate employment on the Sempra LNG building project.

When does the course begin and end? 

This Course has multiple start dates throughout 2024. 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 seven weeks long for a total of 280 contact hours of training.

Location of classes?

Classes will meet on the campus of Lamar State College Port Arthur in the Industrial Training Facility located at 1048 Lakeshore Drive, Port Arthur, TX 77640.

How much does the class cost?

This is a grant-funded class and tution and fees are paid for those who are eligible.

What supplies will I need?

Students must wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt, and steel-toed shoes to class. All other 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 Reinforcing Iron

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.