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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.

Accreditation vs. Credentialing:  What is the difference?

Quick Start for Testing:  Watch the Credentialing 101 Video Tutorial via YouTube

Professional Development Workshops:  Exclusive, on-site NIMS training seminars for instructors and trainers, spotlighting machinist credentialing and GD&T.  LINK

>>>Precision Machining Technology, the only NIMS-endorsed textbook.

The GHF-NIMS Credentialing Grant:  Learn more or apply now

Recent News

     NIMS to Lead SkillsUSA Students at World Competition in Brazil

SkillsUSA is pleased to announce the appointment of Montez King, director of credentialing for the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), as a volunteer Expert for the Manufacturing Team C
03/25/2015 10:32


     NIMS and Gene Haas Foundation Announce Second Year of Scholarships for Schools

Fairfax, Virginia, March 17, 2015 — Today, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), the precision manufacturing industry’s premier standards and certification body, and the Gene Haas Fou
03/19/2015 14:41