Monday, October 1, 2018 — NIMS debuts three highly anticipated initiatives in a continuation of its mission to provide world-class, industry-developed and validated, competency-based skill standards and credentials: an all-new online testing center and the piloting of credentials for Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and Machine, Maintenance, Service, and Repair (MMSR).
The improved testing platform delivers tools and features to enrich the user experience and better facilitate testing procedures at the 2,500+ education institutions and businesses in the NIMS system. The platform was custom-built in collaboration with education technology company Learnosity. Enhancements include:
- Immediate test feedback
- Interactive test demo environment
- 24/7 access to testing activity reports
- Expanded purchasing capability, including seat-based user subscriptions
- Electronic submission of performance affidavits
- Accessible testing interface featuring screen reader and keyboard navigation
Executive Director Montez King notes, “Testing partners asked and we listened. The new credentialing experience is innately interactive which will improve instruction and training quality, and result in higher pass rates across the US.”
October 1 also marks the launch of pilot testing for NIMS’ new and revised credentials for CAM and MMSR, respectively. The forthcoming credentials are the culmination of partnerships with manufacturing employers, trade associations, and education institutions across the United States, including Autodesk and AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology. As with all NIMS credentials, the CAM and MMSR credentials derive from NIMS’ national, industry-written and industry-approved skills standards.
CAM and MMSR credentials will publicly launch in early 2019.
NIMS is the developer of quality competency-based skills standards, credentials, and apprenticeship solutions for jobs in US Manufacturing and related industries. With a stakeholder base that represents thousands of employers, NIMS offers more than twenty years of fostering industry-education partnerships to create an ecosystem of innovative talent cultivation centered on standards and credentials. For more information visit www.nims-skills.org.