How NIMS Works

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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.

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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.