TOGETHER, ABC/CMEF OFFERS:

  • Industry-Wide Craft Training and Professional Education
  • Skill Assessments
  • Industry Networking Opportunities
  • Awards Programs for Construction and Safety Excellence
  • School-to-Career Programs
  • OSHA Partnerships
  • Networking Breakfasts, Mixers, and Events
  • Discount Programs
  • Industry News and More!

ABC Mission Statement

Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Houston represents the interests of merit shop contractors and its employees in the policymaking process of the government, protects and enhances the free enterprise system within the construction industry, and provides educational, marketing, and informational programs for the benefit of members and their employees.

CMEF Mission Statement

To develop and administer cost-effective training, skills assessment, and other workforce development programs that will increase the quality and availability of construction and maintenance employees, communicate career opportunities, promote a positive image for the industry, and satisfy the needs of Owners, Contractors and their employees in the Greater Houston area.

Who We Are

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members nationwide. Locally, ABC Greater Houston was founded in 1969, and today serves several hundred commercial and industrial contractors, suppliers, and construction associates in the Greater Houston area.

 

In 1988, ABC Greater Houston formed the Construction and Maintenance Education Foundation (CMEF) as its educational affiliate. CMEF is a non-profit 501 (c3) solely devoted to serving the workforce development and educational needs of the industrial and commercial contractor community through craft and safety programs to management and leadership instruction. CMEF is accredited by the NCCER, and all courses are taught using the nationally standardized NCCER curriculum.

 

Together, ABC and CMEF work to recruit new entrants and retain existing workers through organizational partnerships, and a variety of programs focused on assessment, craft training, and continuing education.

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Our Educational Affiliate

Construction & Maintenance Education Foundation (CMEF)  is the educational affiliate of ABC Greater Houston. In 1988, CMEF began as a joint partnership between industrial owners and contractors working together to solve the skilled labor shortage facing the Greater Houston construction industry.

 

CMEF is a non-profit 501 (c3) solely devoted to servicing the workforce development needs of the contractor community through programs ranging from craft and safety training to management and leadership instruction. CMEF is accredited by the NCCER, and all of our courses are taught using the nationally standardized NCCER curriculum.

 

The Construction & Maintenance Education Foundation is the vehicle through which industry and craft professionals in the Houston area receive formal training. Our goal is to recruit new entrants and retain existing workers through a variety of programs focused on assessment, training, and continuing education. We believe that a community approach to training is fundamental to developing a skilled and educated craft workforce within the entire industry.

 

CMEF is proud to offer competency-based craft training in a variety of areas. Students will progress at their own pace through a combination of classroom, laboratory instruction, and performance testing. This training is ideal for workers new to the industry, task training for existing workers, and upgrading journeymen. NCCER Nationally Standardized Craft Curriculum is taught by certified instructors. In 2015, CMEF formal craft training student enrollment numbers reached 1998.​

CMEF admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.

View the 2021 CMEF Catalog

CRAFTS CURRENTLY OFFERED:

  • Core Curriculum
  • Pipefitting
  • Carpentry
  • Scaffold Building
  • Electrical
  • Instrumentation
  • Rigging
  • Crew Leadership
  • Millwright
  • Welding
  • Sheet Metal
  • Insulation
  • Paint
  • Industrial Boilermaking