The ABANA National Curriculum (NC) is a departure point for those who seek a structured program of study. Yes, it will challenge you. But it will also make you proud of yourself once you have completed a certain level. Overall, there are 3 levels of proficiency: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Who is eligible to learn from the curriculum? Anyone and everyone is welcome to learn from this self-paced curriculum. One does not need to be an ABANA member to follow the curriculum; however, being a member will have some perks. ABANA members who satisfactorily complete each level will receive a certificate that recognizes their hard work and achievement.
ABANA first introduced the National Curriculum in 2015, then more thoroughly in 2020. Our Curriculum is based on the European model of trade education. It had first been introduced in North America by the California Blacksmith Association (CBA), an ABANA affiliate. CBA graciously shared it with us.
On this website, you will find a detailed description of each of the levels (I, II, and III), the requirements for achieving each level, and the requirements for instructors to teach and certify each level.
How to Study the ABANA National Curriculum