ABC Helps Its Members Develop People with Craft Training


 Merit Shop Training, Inc. (MSTI) is the educational affiliate of ABC Texas Gulf Coast Chapter.   

Our mission is to train a highly skilled workforce for local industry and contractor members. MSTI achieves this mission with craft training delivered through our long partnership with Brazosport College.  ABC Member company employees are eligible to train through the MSTI Craft Certification program at highly discounted tuition rates.  The MSTI Craft Training Program is a competency based training program designed to prepare individuals for occupations in skilled crafts. A trainee commits to training and follows a structured course outline. They may move through the program at an accelerated pace based on their capabilities, rather than being tied to a strict time requirement. This training is a combination of classroom and laboratory, with a structured course outline, and the job training (OJT), under the guidance of a journeyman. Upon successful completion of all required courses, along with sponsorship by an ABC member, individuals are issued an MSTI "Certificate of Completion” and are honored at the annual ABC Craft Training Graduation.  Students registered in the ABC/MSTI Program are also eligible to compete in the Local and National Craft Championships. 

To learn about the various training options, contact the MSTI/ABC office at 979-824-7370. Craft areas include:

 • Automotive Mechanicwelding
• Construction Management
• Electrical
• Engineering Graphics & Design
• Instrumentation
• Machine Tools 
• Millwright
• Pipefitting 
• Safety Health & Environmental Mgmt. 
• Welding


 See the printable MSTI Craft Training Catalog for details on all college courses.  Click here to access an MSTI Registration Form and an NCCER Registration & Release Form, required for all Craft Training Students to register at ABC discounted rates!

Credentials Matter - MSTI's NCCER Journeyman's Skills Assessment Testing

MSTI is an NCCER Accredited Training Sponsor, and Authorized Assessment Center.  NCCER Skills Assessments and Pipeline OQ testing are available daily, as well as the MSTI Study Hall where craftsmen can come to study prior to taking their Journeyman's Knowledge Assessment.  Study Hall is available for $10/day.  ABC Members employees may check out books from a limited selection in our Study Library for $10/week.  Candidates should have at least four years of experience working in their craft prior to testing.

Credentials matter!  Successful completion of an NCCER Journeyman's Knowledge Assessment AND successful completion of an NCCER Performance Verification proves that a craftsman is CERTIFIED PLUS in his craft, the highest level of certification available.

Call (979) 824-7369 to schedule your Journeyman's Assessment.  Click here for a printable brochure on NCCER Assessments & Testing.


Train at ABC

Visit the Craft Training page for details on classes held at ABC Facilities, including Contruction Site Safety Technician, Construction Management  and Crane, Rigging and Signal Person. 

MSTI is also a Host-Training Organization with The University of Texas at Arlington delivering OSHA Training at our Freeport facility.  NOTE:  MSTI is not an OSHA Training Institute Education Center, but serves as a Host-Training Organization for the University of Texas at Arlington OSHA Training Institute Education Center.