San Antonio Hosts Construction Industry’s Best of the Best From Across the Country in Live Skilled Trades Contest

Annual Event Showcases Skilled Trades in Action, Highlighting Opportunities for Highly Mobile, Rewarding Careers in Construction as Nation Seeks to Shore Up Workforce Shortage 

More than 175 of the nation’s best electricians, welders, plumbers, carpenters and other craft apprentices and journey-level craft professionals will gather in San Antonio on March 16 for Associated Builders and Contractors’ 33rd annual National Craft Championships, an intense, hands-on skills competition.  

ABC’s NCC recognizes the men and women who are building America and highlights the career opportunities that construction can provide to graduating high school students seeking an alternative to college, veterans exploring their next chapter after completing military service and individuals rejoining the workforce or seeking a career change. 
 WHAT: National Craft Championships, a craft competition that takes place during ABC Convention 2022
WHO: More than 175 top-performing craft apprentices and journey-level workers from across the country
WHEN: Wednesday, March 16, 12-3 p.m. CT

 WHERE: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 900 E. Market St., San Antonio, Texas 78205
WHY: Craft students and apprentices travel from across the country to demonstrate their superior skills, education and safe work practices and compete for top honors in their chosen craft. The NCC features craft professionals vying for top honors in 15 competitions representing 12 crafts, including a team competition with four journey-level craft professionals per team working to complete a joint project. Competitors first take an intense, two-hour written exam and then compete in a daylong practical performance test. Watch video highlights and view images from the 2019 NCC.

ABC’s 69 chapters and their affiliates offer more than 800 education programs to help train the next generation of construction workers. ABC’s flexible, affordable craft and safety training leads to industry-recognized, national credentials for today’s most sought-after construction professions. ABC is committed to showing the promising career path the industry provides, from apprenticeship to journey-level worker to business owner.

Associated Builders and Contractors is a national construction industry trade association established in 1950 that represents more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. Visit us at