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Formed in 1995 by the metalworking trade associations to develop and maintain a globally competitive American workforce, NIMS sets skills standards for the industry, certifies individual skills against the standards and accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements. 

NIMS operates under rigorous and highly disciplined processes as the only developer of American National Standards for the nation’s metalworking industry accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).  Join our email list to keep up with NIMS news.


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Recent News

     DeAnza College Manufacturing & CNC Technology Program Earns National Accreditation from NIMS

Fairfax, VA / Cupertino, CA – Maintaining an industry standard inside the classroom is no easy task, but the Manufacturing and CNC Technology Program at DeAnza College has gone above and beyond and is
04/28/2015 10:57


     National Institute for Metalworking Skills Commits to Upskill Precision Manufacturing Workforce

Washington, DC, April 24, 2015— Today, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) announced a commitment to help equip the nation’s front line precision manufacturing workforce with the ski
04/24/2015 15:34