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.

Our History

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.

Crafts Currently Offered

• Core Curriculum • Scaffold Building • Electrical • Rigging • Crew Leadership • Sheet Metal • Insulation • Industrial Boilermaking • Pipefitting • Mobile Crane Operator • Millwright • Construction Laborer • Construction Manager (Project Manager) • Safety Inspector/Technician • Insulation Worker • Painter, Industrial Coating and Lining Application Specialist • Carpentry • Ironworker • Welding • Instrumentation Tech • Drywall Mechanic