The NIMS Credentials certify an individual’s skills as measured against the NIMS Standards. Earning NIMS credentials requires a performance test and a theory test. The performance requirements and theory tests are drawn directly from the NIMS Standards, and are written and piloted by industry. NIMS currently offers 52 metalworking credentials. NIMS will offer credentials in Industrial Maintenance in 2016.
NIMS recently published the first-ever industry standard for Computer-Aided Manufacturing.
In June 2016, NIMS released the first-ever industry Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) standards. With guidance from Autodesk Inc., the leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, these standards will enhance education and training programs to meet 21st century demands for skilled CAM programmers, designers and engineers.
Developed over the course of a yearlong intensive nationwide validation process, with more than 125 subject matter experts from companies who use a variety of CAM software, the standards define the competencies and skills expected by industry for entry-level CAM positions.
NIMS and Autodesk will continue to support the advancement of CAM training programs by developing industry credentials for educating and training CAM programmers. To develop these credentials, industry leaders will participate in work groups and provide their expertise. NIMS will conduct a rigorous development and pilot process before releasing the credentials to the public.