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New Inspection Skills Credential from NIMS

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) has launched a new credential to validate an employee’s or a student’s parts inspection skills.

Designed for manufacturers and schools, the new “NIMS Inspector Credential” allows a much faster, more efficient performance validation process within the NIMS online structural framework. Until now, shops and schools had to send test parts to be inspected and evaluated by a NIMS-sanctioned review committee of industry volunteers, which guaranteed quality control, but could take up to four weeks or longer, and often created a backlog of uninspected parts. Now, the validation can be done on-site by instructors themselves and credentials can be issued much quicker. In addition to validation and credentialing services through this new instructor credentials,  NIMS, in partnership with GeoTol, offers third-party training materials to help instructors prepare of the Inspector Credential test.

According to Montez King, Executive Director of NIMS, “validating skills has become ever more important to employers and of course a necessity for educational institutions offering certificate-type training programs in manufacturing technology. For our current customers, this is a refreshing evolution in the certification process.”

Mr. King shared that, “The initial feedback from pilots has been very positive and this credential is one of many streamlining activities we’re undertaking at NIMS surrounding our training, testing, validation, and credentialing services. As industry transforms with digital manufacturing technologies, skills training must evolve as well, and that’s what’s happening now in the education sector and at NIMS.”

For more information, contact NIMS at (703) 352-4971, 

More About The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

Established in 1995, NIMS empowers organizations and individuals through validation of workforce skills through development of standards and credentials to build a thriving and globally competitive manufacturing industry. With a stakeholder base that represents more than 2500 companies and educational institutions, NIMS offers experience and knowledge in fostering industry-education partnerships and designing training frameworks that enable collaboration between educators, manufacturers, policy makers, and community-based organizations in a joint effort to increase the skills of the manufacturing workforce.


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