The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (Fairfax, VA) has debuted three highly anticipated initiatives in a continuation of their 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). This 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.
“Testing partners asked and we listened,” says executive director Montez King. “This new credentialing experience is innately interactive, which will improve instruction and training quality, and result in higher pass rates across the U.S.” The pilot testing for these new and revised credentials for CAM and MMSR began in October. The forthcoming credentials are the culmination of partnerships with manufacturing employers, trade associations, and education institutions across the United States, including Autodesk (San Rafael, CA) and AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology (McLean, VA). 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.
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