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Build Your Future with NCCER and Capitol Technology University’s Online Construction Programs

Those that have worked hard to obtain a National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) credential in one of their many disciplines may now use those credentials towards completion of any of Capitol Tech’s Bachelor’s degrees. 

Now up to 42 hours of NCCER credentials can be used to fulfill elective credits toward the fulfillment of the total credit hours required for a bachelor’s degree*. 

In July 2019, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the construction industry employed over 7.5 million workers in July 20191. Construction is one of the industries with the highest projections for new employment opportunities with a wide range of positions available including roles that require varying levels of training, education, and skills.

Created in 1996, NCCER is a non-profit, education foundation dedicate to "developing a safe and productive workforce" through creating "a standardized training and credentialing program for the industry"2.

Capitol Technology University was founded in Washington, D.C., as the Capitol Radio Engineering Institute (CREI) in 1927 by Eugene H. Rietzke. The CREI began as a correspondence school, but its popularity led to the 1932 opening of a residence division, allowing students to work hands-on in laboratories. As radio technology improved, new training programs and courses were quickly added. Following World War II, CREI became one of the first three technical institutes accredited by the Engineers’ Council for Professional Development.

These two industry focused institutes were created and have maintained focus on supplying the needs of US industry and now working together, students completing the NCCER credentials can continuing on for a bachelors degree.  Capitol Tech offers many online construction degrees to continue building your future in the construction industry, including: 

Click here to learn more about these online degrees.

Need an action plan from going from middle school all the way through postsecondary options? No matter where young people are at in their journey, the tips, strategies and resources provide by Build Your Future can provide you a construction career map.


1. Doyle, A. (2019, August 7). Construction Careers: Options, Job Titles, and Descriptions. Retrieved from,highest%20number%20of%20employees%20included%3A&text=Construction%20Managers%20%E2%80%93%20227%2C460,Electricians%20%E2%80%93%20503%2C660.

2. National Center for Construction Education and Research. (2020). About NCCER. Retrieved from 

*Please check the degree requirements for a specific program, as each of Capitol Tech’s online or on-campus bachelor's degrees have different requirements with some allowing more or less elective credits.