WHY NC3

We Are a Network of Doers

The National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) is a network of education providers and corporations that, together, embody passion for innovative CTE models and produce a sustainable, highly-skilled workforce.


Mission & Vision

We were established to help build a workforce prepared to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s industries by connecting employers and educational institutions in synergistic partnerships that foster effective training, elevation of skilled careers, and employment opportunities. In fulfilling its mission, NC3 builds deep industry-educational partnerships and develops, implements and sustains industry-recognized portable certifications built on national skills standards. We envision an industrial labor market where all workers have jobs they need to thrive and all companies have well-trained employees they need to operate and grow.

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We envision an industrial labor market where all workers have the jobs they need to thrive and all companies have the well-trained employees they need to operate and grow.

We Foster Education

As a leader in uniting industry and educational institutions, NC3’s mission is to train and educate the next generation of skilled workers for bright and productive careers.

We Pursue Excellence

The NC3 certification or “stamp of approval” is nationally recognized as the standard for certifications and workforce development. Through over 540 certification centers and nearly 100 leadership schools, NC3 has supported thousands of students and completed over 120,000 industry-driven stackable certifications to date.

We Drive Growth

With the number of certifications nearly doubling every year, NC3 continues to train more instructors, develop more certifications, educate and prepare more students for the workforce, transform more schools into Centers of Excellence and drive more policy to promote technical education across the nation.

We Build Relationships

Connections drive our community forward. NC3 is proud to provide a member community and forum for industry and trade leaders, professional organizations and educational institutions to connect, network and build relationships to drive workforce development and better technical education.

Success Stories

As a membership benefit, NC3 Leadership/Member schools are provided expert consultation from the tools and equipment, to facility planning, faculty training, and the support necessary to build professional certification programs. The ultimate goal for all member schools is to become an NC3 Center of Excellence. By working with NC3, member schools have the opportunity to transform their current facilities, processes and curriculum to become a nationally recognized Center of Excellence.

Stay tuned to read testimonials from current NC3 member schools about their NC3 experience and transformation stories.

National Instructors

Stay tuned to meet the wonderful faces behind our Train-the-Trainer program!

Industry Partners

Strong industry partners paired with innovative education institutions help NC3 drive its mission and vision to creating a highly-skilled workforce.

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