The Industry
The Standards

Skill Standards

Industry skill standards are benchmarks for performance and define the competencies for workers in the metalworking industry.

Skill Standards describe the common duties and the knowledge, skills, abilities and related attributes needed to perform the duties well. These standards are developed by workers, managers, and trainers from the metalworking industry and are subject to two different forms of national validation. The resulting skill standards define what industry wants workers to know and be able to do, and defines a skills and training framework for the metalworking industry nationwide!
Basis for Skill Certification

    The NIMS standards serve as the basis for the certification of individual skills. There are multiple credentials offered within each standard, certifying individual skills within that particular occupation. The credentials require satisfactory completion of both performance and theory exams based on the standards.

Basis for Program Accreditation

    The NIMS standards serve as the foundation by which training programs are nationally accredited. The key element in attaining national accreditation is the integration of the NIMS standards into the training curriculum and 136 programs across the nation have met this benchmark.

Communications Media

    By describing the occupational duties and the required knowledge, skills and abilities, the NIMS standards communicate to workers, students and trainees what is expected of them.

    Schools are now able to instruct to industry's needs. Workers have defined career paths and industry has an objective means to recruit, hire, train and promote.

Foundation for Competency-Based Apprenticeships

    The exciting new National Competency-Based Apprenticeship Program is based on the NIMS standards and is being developed in partnership with the Office of Apprenticeship, Employers and Labor Services of the Employment and Training Administration of the United States Department of Labor.