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HBI/NAHB Residential Construction Academy (RCA) Series Student Certification Assessments

HBI (Home Builders Institute) is a national leader for career training in the building industry, preparing students with the skills they need for successful careers in the industry. HBI's educational materials are designed to be relevant in today's rapidly changing environment, bringing increased professionalism, competency and effectiveness to those entering the residential building workforce. HBI works in partnership with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in carrying out its numerous workforce development initiatives. These assessments represent and reinforce HBI's commitment to assist the industry in preparing a knowledgeable and productive workforce. Importantly, the content of the RCA Series is based on national skill standards set by NAHB industry professionals and educators.

While formal training isn't required to sit for a certification assessment, HBI encourages completion of the HBI RCA curriculum. Students, instructors, companies, and individuals can take advantage of the many benefits of an HBI RCA certification.

  • Students: Assessments are administered as part of a career technical education program with an authorized NOCTI testing site.
  • Instructors: To start the assessment and certification process, you must complete and submit the registration form (*you must use the Internet Explorer browser to successfully complete the form).
  • Companies and Individuals: Contact NOCTI Business Solutions for details on purchasing and administration of assessments.


The certification exams that are currently offered are listed below. Assessment blueprints are available by clicking the test title.

Administration Details

  • The assessment can be administered either paper/pencil or online through QuadNet, NOCTI’s online assessment system
  • Written and Performance component available
  • Tests are available in Text-to-Speech format
  • Pre-tests are not currently available for this program


The HBI/NAHB Residential Construction Academy (RCA) Series Certification assessments offer various levels of certification. Those taking the basic-level assessments can earn an “entry-level” or “semi-skilled” certification and individuals taking the advanced-level assessments can earn the “entry-level”, “semi-skilled” or “skilled” certification. Passing levels to obtain certification will be solely on the levels established by HBI/NAHB for the written assessment. Participants that meet or exceed the passing levels shown below are eligible to apply for certification through HBI. Submit the application with NOCTI assessment scores and payment. Upon approval, HBI will award applicable certifications. (*you must use the Internet Explorer browser to successfully complete the form)

Test TitleEntry-LevelSemi-SkilledSkilled
Basic Principles of Construction66%NANA
Building Construction Technology Basic52%72%NA
Building Construction Technology Advanced50%57%79%
Carpentry Basic70%85%NA
Carpentry Advanced49%80%90%
HVAC Installer Basic51%76%NA
HVAC Service Technician Advanced42%70%85%
House Wiring Basic66%73%NA
House Wiring Advanced65%75%85%
Plumbing Basic25%70%NA
Plumbing Advanced25%50%76%