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 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 by our long partnership with Brazosport College. NCCER certification classes are held regularly at our ABC Texas Gulf Coast facilities for Contruction Site Safety TechnicianConstruction Management  and Crane, Rigging and Signal PersonNCCER Skills Assessments and Pipeline OQ testing may also be scheduled. For more information, see Craft Training & NCCER Certification.

MSTI is:

  • an NCCER Accredited Training Sponsor, providing craft education in conjunction with Brazosport College since 1973 and with many contractor companies and industrial sites as NCCER Accredited Training Units under our sponsorship.
  • an NCCER Accredited Assessment Center, providing NCCER Certification by knowledge assessment and performance verification for journey level craftsmen.  Assessments are available in many crafts to become NCCER Certified.
  • an NCCER Endorsed Site for Crane, Rigging, and Signal Person, providing training and certification resulting in an NCCER Gold Card
  • a resource for studying by utilizing MSTI Study Hall with NCCER books available for study at $10/day
  • NCCER Craft and Pipeline Assessments may be scheduled by calling 979-824-7370. 

Contact us today to find out more about a training program customized to your needs, delivered at your site or ours, in a variety of construction crafts, pipeline, construction management and safety.  

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.

MSTI's NCCER Craft Training Program at Brazosport College

MSTI Craft Training Program is provided through Brazosport College since 1973. 

The ABC/MSTI Craft Training Program is a competency based training program designed to prepare individuals for occupations in skilled crafts. Training is provided through Brazosport College in a combination of classroom and lab with on the job training under the guidance of journeymen.

Registering through the ABC/MSTI Program allows craftsment to become certified at an accelerated rate and employees of ABC Member companies enjoy substantial tuition discounts (approximately 30%). 

Upon successful completion of required courses, along with sponsorship by an ABC member, individuals are issued an ABC Certificate of Completion.  Students registered in the ABC/MSTI Program are 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 Mechanic
• Construction Management
• Electrical
• Engineering Graphics & Design
• Instrumentation
• Machine Tools 
• Millwright
• Pipefitting 
• Safety Health & Environmental Mgmt. 
• Welding

 See the printable MSTI Craft Training Catalog for courses held at Brazosport College.  Click here to learn about classes held at ABC Facilities.

MSTI is committed to workforce development and offers scholarships each year to area high schools. This scholarship is provided through Brazosport College  our 40+ year partner, for students wishing to study crafts or other construction related fields.