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Formed in 1994 by the metalworking trade associations to develop and maintain a globally competitive 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.

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NIMS offers Professional Development Workshops for apprenticeship, GD&T, grant management, new industrial technology maintenance, NIMS testing, and structured on-the-job training (train-the-trainer).  Learn more.

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Fairfax, VA, November 14, 2016 — The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), the manufacturing industry’s developer of skills standards and credentials, is proud to announce that it has bee
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