The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association is partnering with the National Center for Construction Education and Research to develop a plumbing curriculum and craft assessment.

The curriculum will be built from NCCER's Contren plumbing curriculum, which is taught nationwide by contractors, association chapters, and secondary and post-secondary schools. The craft assessment will evaluate the skill level of employees and identify areas where additional training is needed.

The program also includes NCCER's accreditation process, instructor certification and the NCCER National Registry, which provides students with credentials (transcripts, wallet cards and certificates) that document their training accomplishments.

PHCC will select half of the curriculum development team, involving PHCC chapters that provide apprenticeship training. The program is scheduled for completion in 2004. The current PHCC plumbing apprenticeship curriculum will be available until the new program is released.