Instructional specialists achieve certification as Master Trainers

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Instructional specialists Christopher Furr (industrial maintenance), Joseph Hunt (welding) and Jerry Rowley (electronics & instrumentation) have recently achieved the Master Trainer certification offered through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).Master_Trainers-ChrisFurrJerryRowleyJoeHunt

The NCCER is the accreditation sponsor for WVU Parkersburg’s HVAC, energy assessment and management technology, welding, electrical and instrumentation, industrial maintenance, multi-craft technology and residential and commercial electricity programs.

As part of the accreditation process, the NCCER offers the Instructor Certification Training Program (ICTP) which ensures a uniform and consistent delivery of training to all participants. After earning certification as Master Trainers through the NCCER’s ICTP, Furr, Hunt and Rowley are now able to certify other craft instructors.

The training provides new perspectives on methods of instruction and how those methods benefit students; regardless of background or leaning style. According to NCCER, it is this network of training that ensures accredited institutions are able to meet the standards of instruction set by the industry.

“I am very thankful for this opportunity and greatly appreciate WVU Parkersburg’s confidence in our instructional abilities,” Furr said. “Our goal as Master Trainers is to provide both students and instructors with the tools necessary to navigate a career path that benefits them and, ultimately, our entire community.”

The NCCER is a not-for-profit education foundation. It was originally created to revolutionize training for the construction industry by developing industry-driven standardized training and credentialing for craft programs. Based in Alachua, Fla., the NCCER is affiliated with the University of Florida’s M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction.

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