FAQs

Search and filter through some of our most Frequently Asked Questions below. An excerpt of the answer is displayed on this page, but for longer answers, please click on the colored bar around the question itself.

Can I get help from NIMS in setting up my apprenticeship program?

Yes. NIMS has existing frameworks and a knowledgeable team that are ready to develop manufacturing apprenticeships based on national standards.
Last Updated: 12/19/2017
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Can I tier the progressive wage scale to NIMS credentials?

Yes, NIMS credentials can be used to benchmark progress and award wage increases.
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Can my apprenticeship program be competency based rather than time based?

Yes. DOL regulations allow for programs to be time-based, competency-based, or a hybrid of the two program styles.
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Does my program need to be accredited by NIMS before we can test?

No. Accreditation is 100% optional.
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How do I get my training program accredited?

Read through the accreditation process on our website (click through for the link).
Last Updated: 06/24/2019
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How do I search for specific resource material on the NIMS website?

Click Resources in the menu at the top of the page, and then choose a resource category. Once on the page, you can select various check boxes to narrow down the search and find the exact material needed. Please click on this FAQ to watch a video tutorial describing a step by step process to search for resources.
Last Updated: 07/25/2018
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How long is the accreditation valid?

Accreditation is valid for five years at a time. Upon expiration, the program is encouraged to renew accreditation. See more about the renewal process.
Last Updated: 12/19/2017
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I want to be an apprentice. What do I do?

Contact your state apprenticeship office to learn about opportunities in your region.
Last Updated: 06/24/2019
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