Helpful Resources for Students

Student Chapters
Contact: Sarah Weber
Senior Director, Workforce Development & Student Chapters
(202) 266-8654

Career Development Resources

A standout resume and a well-connected professional network can lead to new and exciting career opportunities. The following resources from NAHB are helpful guides for students and young professionals developing their careers in the trades.

Home Builders Institute

HBI is a national leader for career training in the building industry. It prepares students with the skills and experience they need for successful careers through pre-apprenticeship training, job placement services, mentoring, certification programs, textbooks and curricula. Learn more.

National Housing Endowment

The National Housing Endowment provides scholarship and grant opportunities to students in construction management or skilled trade education and interested in pursuing careers in residential construction. Learn more.

Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)

ACTE is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers. Learn more.


SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Learn more.

SoftPlan Architectural Design Software

Envisioned as a better way to draw a house, SoftPlan offers a simple means for building a complete set of house plans from start to finish. SoftPlan’s BIM allows you to quickly create drawings and build a 3D model of your project. Learn more.

National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI)

With over four decades of experience in developing tools to continuously improve the field of Career and Technical Education (CTE), NOCTI delivers solutions for increasing students’ technical competence and certifying new and incumbent workers in the private sector. Learn more.

International Code Council’s High School Technical Training Program

ICC’s HSTTP is a flexible educational program divided into four parts: building, plumbing, HVAC (mechanical) and electrical. This structure enables a technical school to integrate one or more parts of the program into its curricula to better provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of construction trades. Learn more.