Membership Benefits

How to Become Part of the NC3 Network

There are two levels of engagement for education institutions, NC3 Leadership Schools (or members) and NC3 Certification Centers.


Membership Levels | At a Glance

Certification Center

Entry-level participation designed for high schools, colleges, and other education institutions looking to offer certifications on a small scale and limited budget.
  • Instructor Training
  • Access to NC3Certs.com
  • Unlimited Student Certifications
  • Discounted Equipment/Kit Purchasing
  • Partner Affiliation


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Leadership School/Member

High-level participation designed for leading, competitive education institutions who want to shape, elevate, and model world-class CTE learning as a National Center of Excellence, partner closely with global industry leaders, and leverage the advancements of the NC3 network to become nationally recognized leaders in CTE education.
  • Vision & Benchmarking Tours
  • Instructor Training/Professional Development
  • Access to NC3Certs.com
  • Unlimited Student Certifications
  • Discounted Equipment/Kit Purchasing
  • Partner Affiliation/Marketing Resources
  • Exclusive Participation in Selected Industry Programs/Events

Membership Levels | Full Benefits

Certification Center

Leadership School/Member

Instructor Training
  • Instructor access to NC3's nationally-recognized Train-the-Trainer events and access to certification curriculum
Turnkey Certification System
  • Use of NC3's certification system (LMS) and supporting materials for implementing NC3 industry-driven certifications
  • Unlimited student certification issuance for all NC3 certifications
Industry Partner Access
  • Discounted equipment/kit purchasing
  • Partner affiliation - includes opportunities for cross-promotion, co-branding, partner signage, web marketing, etc.
Vision & Benchmarking
  • Custom benchmarking and consultation tours to NC3 model campuses and programs
  • Serve as National Center of Excellence model for other schools
  • Senior administration collaboration opportunities with the NC3 network of leading educators and industry partners
Instructor Training
  • Instructor access to NC3's nationally-recognized Train-the-Trainer events and access to certification curriculum
  • Professional development opportunities for instructors to become a national NC3 Master Instructor to train other instructors
Turnkey Certification System
  • Use of NC3's certification system (LMS) and supporting materials for implementing NC3 industry-driven certifications
  • Unlimited student certification issuance for all NC3 certifications
Industry Partner Access
  • Discounted equipment/kit purchasing
  • Partner affiliation - includes opportunities for cross-promotion, co-branding, partner signage, web marketing, etc.
  • Exclusive participation in programs including Trane Commercial Partner, Lincoln Electric, and Kubota Tech programs
  • Achieve Center of Excellence status for Trane, 3M, Lincoln Electric, Greenlee, and Festo Didactic Labs
  • Shape new certifications and participate in national forums with other NC3 partners with respect to industry innovations and R&D
Events & Activities
  • Senior administration invitation to the NC3 Annual Leadership Summit and other national leadership conferences
  • Exclusive participation in the NC3 National Signing Day Event


Membership Costs

NC3 Certification Center

An NC3 Certification Center has no cost to be a part of, it's just a lower level of engagement within the NC3 network with limited access to NC3 resources. Certification Centers offer a limited amount of certifications and kit purchasing. They do not participate in Visioning & Benchmarking tours, have access to Marketing Resources, or participate in Exclusive Industry Programs/Events at a national level.

NC3 Leadership (Member) School

The annual NC3 Leadership (Member) School fee for a membership is $5,000. The real benefit of becoming a Leadership School vs. a Certification Center School is having presidential and leadership participation with our organization across all our industry partners, having access to strategic planning and benchmarking to other Centers of Excellence, and best practices and collaboration with other NC3 members.

It is important to note, both NC3 Leadership Schools and Certification Centers have access to free student certifications. No student will be charged for any NC3 certifications.

Membership Resources

Click here to view NC3 Leadership Schools from across the country. Click below to download NC3 membership information.