Our Concept

Who We Are. What We Do.

Formed in 1994 as the educational affiliate of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Arkansas, ACEF is the largest craft-training organization in the state. Aimed at those who enjoy working with their hands while using their heads, the foundation's primary goal is to satisfy the ever-growing demand for skilled craftspersons.

ACEF currently trains craft professionals in Electrical, Plumbing, Carpentry, HVAC, Electronic Systems Technology, Building Maintenance and Industrial Maintenance. The foundation also conducts safety and management education courses for construction, commercial and industrial operations. Safety is an important component of all ACEF training courses.

ACEF Training Centers are located in Little Rock, Morrilton, Fort Smith, Springdale, Jonesboro and Forrest City. With so many locations across the state, students who are required to work out of town will have the advantage of maintaining their studies by attending the nearest available school. After completing an ACEF training program, graduates are prepared to take the licensing exams for either electrical or plumbing, or receive certifications in the case of unlicensed trades. ACEF is certified by the U.S. Department of Labor, recognized by the Arkansas Department of Career Education and accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).

Maximizing Learning Potential

The foundation's task-driven, modular training program maximizes the student's potential by combining illustrated materials with structured classroom activities conducted by certified instructors. Recognizing the need for flexibility in apprenticeship training, the program is set up to teach a single task or the entire craft. The state-of-the-art instructional materials contain task objectives, text with illustrations, task procedures and descriptions, and review questions.

Well-Qualified, Hands-On Instruction

ACEF employs experienced trainers who are required to be certified by completing a Train-the-Trainer course of study. In addition, because ACEF instructors are generally employed full-time in the trade they teach, students get "hands-on" instruction particular to real-life situations.