Prerequisites for Accreditation
Checklist towards Accreditation


NIMS Accreditation is the nation's only distinction for excellence in metalworking training as based on NIMS industry-written, industry-approved skills standards.  Accreditation secures notable improvements across several quality areas:view benefits of accreditation.

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NEW! Beginning January 1, 2018, NIMS will implement an annual fee for all actively accredited programs. Learn more about this change. 

Eligible Programs
NIMS accepts applications for accreditation from public and private educational programs (secondary or postsecondary), industry training programs (company-based, apprenticeships, formalized training), and inter-firm programs (trade associations, labor unions, etc.).

View the application process, timeline, and fees

Program Requirements
Applicant programs must apply, complete a Self-Study Kit, and host an on-site evaluation to sufficiently demonstrate that NIMS quality requirements are being mets.  Areas of evaluation include:

  • -Administrative support
  • -Curriculum
  • -Equipment and tooling
  • -Industry Engagement / Advisory Committee
  • -Integration of NIMS standards and certifications
  • -Instructional quality
  • -Safety

When awarded, accreditation is valid for a five-year term.  Annual fees are not assessed during the term however an effort to test students/trainees for NIMS credentials is required.

Advantages to Industry Programs

NIMS accreditation sends a powerful message that the program meets national industry standards. This is an important message to internal and external customers, the board of directors, employees, future employees customers and the community at-large.

Advantages to Education/Training Institutions

Achieving NIMS accreditation is also a great tool for educational institutions and also conveys an important message about the quality of the school to parents, the local governing body, state and federal partners, foundations, future students, industry and the local community.