Credentialing Process
Credentialing Fees
On-the-Job Training

Register Online

Individuals can begin earning credentials in just a few steps:

Watch the Credentialing 101 Video Tutorial via YouTube

Download the Credentialing 101 Kit (inclues tutorial slides)

1.   Register online  After you register, your sponsor or a NIMS staff member will need to approve your registration.

Once this is completed, you will receive two emails:  one will be a receipt and the other will contain your username and password, which are needed to sign into the NIMS Online Testing Center.

2.   Complete a Performance Exam & send notificiation to NIMS

Performance Affidavits
Before an individual can take an online exam, he or she must complete a performance exam which includes hands-on tasks.  To find guidelines and part prints for the performance exam, simply log in and go to the Resources Page, where you'll find Performance Guides and individual prints. 

Credentialing Acheivement Records (CARs)
To earn a Level 2 or Level 3 credential, the candidate will complete a Credentialing Acheivement Record (CAR) which is basically a checklist of skills.  Simply have the the candidate complete the CAR while under supervision of a sponsor and then send the completed Affidavit of Completion to NIMS (included in the CAR booklet).  All CARs are available on the Resources Page (see above).

All Performance Affidavits and Affidavits of Completion (CARs only) must be sent to NIMS before the candidate is eligible to take the online theory exam. 

Send affidavits by email:

Send affidavits by fax:  (703) 352-4991

Send affidavits by mail:  NIMS
                                   10565 Fairfax Boulevard, Suite 203
                                   Fairfax, VA 22030.

(*Exception! There is no performance requirement for Measurement, Materials and Safety).

3.  Take The Exam
Remember, the NIMS credential is the metalworking industry’s only skills certificate that is based on national standards developed under procedures accredited by the American National Standards Institute. The NIMS credential is used by the industry to recruit, hire, place and promote. Firms use the credential to identify skilled candidates at all levels of employment. The NIMS credential is used by education and training institutions as performance benchmarks, often as part of graduation or degree requirements, and often as the basis for advanced credit. 

For a step-by-step guide to using the NIMS Online Testing Center, please contact NIMS Staff at (703) 352-4971 or by email at