NIMS is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited developer of precision manufacturing skills standards and competency assessments. Credentials for CNC milling operators and CNC turning operators are the most recent certification products available from National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). Also, the first on the job trainer and training coordinator (OJT) certifications were issued at the beginning of last year.
The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship Training, Employer and Labor Services have approved and certified the NIMS National Guidelines for Apprenticeship standards.
More than 40 NIMS credentials certify an individual’s skills as measured against the NIMS standards. Earning of NIMS credentials requires both performance and theory tests. The performance requirements and theory exams are drawn from the NIMS standards and are written and piloted by the industry. Therefore, most NIMS standards must be reviewed every 4 years in accordance with ANSI procedures. There are 200 NIMS-accredited programs in operation.