National Craft Championships


2018 Competition
March 20-21, 2018
Long Beach, CA

Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) annual National Craft Championships (NCC) celebrates ABC’s and its member firms’ training and education efforts. Craft trainees from chapter and member firm training programs across the country come together to compete in the annual National Craft Championships. During this intense two-day event, young men and women compete in one of 15 competitions, representing 13 crafts.

ABC knows the future of the industry relies on its ability to attract and retain the most talented individuals necessary to meet the nation’s  ever-increasing construction needs. ABC is leading the way in developing the merit shop construction industry workforce by offering programs, such as the NCC, that promote life-long learning experience and national recognition based on achievement at every career level.

The first National Craft Championships was held in 1987 with only a handful of participants competing in four craft competitions. More than 25 years later, nearly 1,500 men and women have competed in what has grown to become one of the construction industry’s most recognized and revered craft skills events, thanks to the dedication and hard work of our member firms and ABC chapters.

Craft trainees and apprentices from across the country travel each year to compete for top honors in their chosen craft. For the competitors, the National Craft Championships allows them to demonstrate their superior skills, training and safe work practices. For the training sponsors, employers and ABC chapters, the NCC demonstrates a staunch commitment to the career path the construction industry offers.

The NCC is planned and conducted by ABC’s National Craft Championships Committee. This committee consists of contractor representatives and ABC chapter and national staff.

The 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. In 2018, the National Craft Championships presents competitions in the following crafts:
  • Carpentry: Residential-Commercial
  • Electrical: Commercial-industrial                
  • Electrical: Residential-Commercial            
  • Fire Sprinkler 
  • HVAC    
  • Instrumentation Fitting 
  • Insulation            
  • Millwright/ Industrial Maintenance Mechanic
  • Pipefitting           
  • Plumbing             
  • Power Line Worker
  • Sheet Metal
  • Welding-Pipe     
  • Welding-Structural          
  • Team Competition

Team Competition

Five journey-level professionals (previous individual competition medalists can compete) will work in teams to complete a series of craft-specific tasks focused on electrical, pipefitting, millwright, carpentry and insulation in a six-hour period. The competition will demonstrate craft inter-dependency and teamwork; simulate working conditions where planning is critical to success; and highlight individual leadership skills as the project is assembled.

The teams will be judged based on the following criteria:
  • Practical evaluation by subject matter experts 
  • 75% of the team's overall scores will be based on evaluations in safety (individual and team), individual craft mastery, teamwork and leadership. 
  • 25% of the team’s score will be based on their collective individual scores in a craft-specific assessment.

Awards & Recognition

The NCC typically awards first, second and third place in each craft competition. (First, second and third place Team competitors will be awarded medals only; no cash prizes.) Winners also may receive tools and gifts from NCC sponsors.

First Place: Gold Medal and $750
Second Place: Silver Medal and $500
Third Place: Bronze Medal and $350