How NIMS Works


Theory + Performance
Individuals earn NIMS credentials by passing both theory and performance-based assessments in functional job areas from entry-level to master-level. Most students and workers test for NIMS credentials after completion of a training program that has aligned to the NIMS skill standards, which can take place at an educational institution (such as a community or technical college) or through an in-house training program at a company. Either way, the performance part of the assessment (producing parts) is reviewed and validated by industry representatives. Some individuals choose to take the assessments without completing a formal training program by applying their prior learning and experience. These individuals earn credentials to verify their skills and signal their eligibility for jobs and advancement potential.


Earning Credentials
Official credentials are issued when candidates successfully complete the performance project and the 90-minute online theory exam for a given skill area.