Craft trainees from chapter and member firm training programs across the country come together to compete in the annual National Craft Championships, the embodiment of ABC's continuing commitment to foster growth and excellence in training among our nation's future workforce. During this intense two-day event, young men and women compete in one of 13 competitions, representing 11 crafts.
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.
For many ABC members, the National Craft Championships is the highlight of the year. Craft trainees from chapter and member firm training programs across the country come together to compete in an intense two-day event that turns a convention center into an active construction site, in which craftworkers use their skills and knowledge to compete head-to-head with their peers to be recognized for their construction achievements.
Throughout the years, many faces have become familiar at the National Craft Championships. Instructors, corporate sponsors, project managers, judges and numerous volunteers return year after year to lend a helping hand, and past competitors often join them to nurture the next group of competitors following in their footsteps.
We encourage you to be become a part of ABC history. Compete in the National Craft Championships. It’s an experience of a lifetime that will nurture you throughout your construction career.