Prerequisites for Accreditation
Checklist towards Accreditation

Accreditation Checklist

Step One – Apply for Accreditation

1.  Before submitting your application for accreditation, your training program is required to select a minimum of two
     credentials in addition to the two that NIMS requires of all training programs:

a.    Measurement, Materials & Safety (required by NIMS)
b.    Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout (required by NIMS)
c.    Choose a credential from the right column on the List of Credentials.
d.    Choose another credential from the right column on the List of Credentials.

Note:  When choosing these 2+ credentials, match your selections to the skills that your training program is already teaching (ex. if your program is focusing on CNC, then choose from our CNC credentials).  Keep in mind that at least one instructor will be responsible for earning each of the credentials that you select and the two that are required by NIMS.

2.  Once you’ve chosen two or more credentials, you are ready to complete the application for accreditation. Be sure to
     list the credentials you chose (in step one above) on the bottom portion of the application.

Note:  Programs seeking to renew an existing accreditation should complete the Application for Accreditation Renewal.

3.    Submit the completed application with the $500 application fee.  This may be paid by check, credit, or PO:

     a.  If paying by PO, please fax the application and PO to Catherine Ross at (703) 352-4991.

     b.  If paying by check, please mail the completed application and check to Catherine Ross at 10565 Fairfax Boulevard,
          Suite 203, Fairfax, VA 22030.

     c.  If paying by credit card, please fax the application to Catherine Ross at (703) 352-4991 and then call (703) 352-4971
          to process the credit transaction over the phone.

4.    Upon receiving an application and payment, Catherine Ross will mail you a Self Study Kit by mail.

 
Step Two – Complete the Self Study Kit

1.    Review or complete each section of the Self Study Kit:

     a.  Review Section One – Accreditation Policies:  Describes all aspects and benefits of program accreditation, as well
          as describing the entire process formally.

     b.  Review Section Two – Program Requirements:  Describes features and qualities that must be present in your
          training program or facility in order to earn accreditation through NIMS. 

     c.  Review Section Three – Procedures:  Describes the accreditation process formally and in full.

     d.  Complete Section Four – Applicant’s Initial Accreditation Self Study:  A formal evaluation based on a five-point rating
          scale.  This section must be completed and returned to Catherine Ross at NIMS within 18 months of the application
          date.

     e.  Complete Section Five – Consists of five forms that are used in the final stage of the accreditation process, the On-
          Site Evaluation.  This section must be completed and returned to Catherine Ross at NIMS within 18 months of the
          application date.

     f.   Review Section Six – Includes the Procedures Manual for NIMS Online Credentialing Program, which gives an
          overview of the credentialing process (a.k.a. the process that instructors and students take to earn credentials)

     g.  Review Section Seven – Includes the Performance Guide for Machining Level I.  Instructors and students will use
          this guide to earn eight of the eleven Machining Level I credentials.

2.  Establish a MET-TEC Committeeand fax the registration form to NIMS at (703) 352-4991.

3.  Register an exam proctor(s) online for free.  For more on selecting a proctor, visit our FAQs and see page two.

4.  Instructor Credentialing Requirement:  To become accredited, at least one instructor must earn the four or more
     credentials listed on your application (see step one).

Note:  If your program has more than one instructor, they may split this task.  If your program has only one instructor, he must earn the credentials himself.  Instructors are required to pay the one-time $40 registration fee, however we waive exam fees for instructors.  Please contact Catherine Ross for your fee-waive code.

5.  Student Credentialing Requirement:  Ensure that one student has earned the Measurement, Materials & Safety (MMS)
     credential.  Student registration is $40 and the exam fee is $28.

6.  Once you have completed steps 1-5 above, please return Sections Four and Five of the Self Study Kit to Catherine
     Ross at NIMS.  These pages will need to be submitted with the $1,000 On-Site Evaluation Fee payment. 

     a.  If paying by PO, please fax the application and PO to Catherine Ross at (703) 352-4991.
    
     b.  If paying by check, please mail the completed application and check to Catherine Ross at 10565 Fairfax Boulevard,
          Suite 203, Fairfax, VA 22030.
    
     c.  If paying by credit card, please fax the application to Catherine Ross at (703) 352-4991 and then call (703) 352-4971
          to process the credit transaction over the phone.


Step Three – On-Site Evaluation

1.  At the two-day On-Site Evaluation a NIMS Evaluation Team will visit your program to perform a comprehensive audit. 
     The team will include a trained Team Leader, one representative from Education, and one representative from industry. 
     The team will visit your facility to do the following:

     a.   Interview Instructors
     b.   Interview Administrators
     c.   Interview Students/Trainees
     d.   Interview Advisory Committee members (typically by phone)
     e.   Interview Area Employers (non-advisory committee members preferred)
     f.   Conduct a safety and inventory inspection.

2.  Prepare for the On-Site Evaluation by reviewing the Facilities Review Worksheet to identify any safety hazards prior
     to the On-Site Evaluation.
 
3.  Work with NIMS Accreditation Director Catherine Ross to schedule an On-Site Evaluation date.

4.  Following the evaluation are two possible outcomes:

     a.  Become ACCREDITED!!
    
     b.  The evaluator will create a list of corrective action items.  These are areas of concern that must be addressed,
          corrected, and NIMS must be notified of these corrections within 6 months of the On-Site Evaluation date.  If proof of
          corrections is satisfactory to NIMS, your program will officially become ACCREDITED!