PMA and NIMS Partnership


PMA and NIMS Partnership

PMA is one of the founding partners of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), established in 1995. PMA and NIMS are working closely to spread the word on the importance and "how-tos" of Smart Standards—an innovative framework for modernizing training to keep up with the pace of emerging technologies and building a bridge between educators and employers.

NIMS has also created the Interactive Standards Viewer (ISV), a public respository of industry-recognized Start Standards that employers and educators can explore!

If you're interested in NIMS credentials, PMA has more than 15 roles aligned with NIMS. Through pairing METALFORM EDU training courses with the NIMS role task alignment, your employees can train to be NIMS credential test ready. By earning NIMS credentials, individuals secure a competitive edge because they have demonstrated that their skills meet the industry established standards. Industry recognized credentials not only improve the skill strength of your workforce, but they reinforce your commitment to your personnel – a big retention advantage.

Through a variety of tools, we can work with your company to define your training principals vs. your training behaviors and teach you how to implement better training practices for a stronger future.

NIMS/PMA Lunch and Learns

  • Do you find it challenging to onboard employees?
  • Does it take too long to train new employees to become productively independent?
  • Are you losing employees due to a lack of effective training?

If you are nodding yes, keep reading!

Employers are often faced with On-the-Job Training (OJT) regardless of who or where they recruit employees. This is due to the unique specificity of their workplace tasks.

Most employers agree that OJT is an effective way to transfer knowledge and skills across an organization. This method can return a workforce qualified to satisfy production requirements. This is nothing new to employers, as most organizations have some form of OJT, whether formal or informal. The overarching reality that employers discover with OJT is a decision to train on the job is not a solution without knowing how to train on the job.

To learn how you can put these age-old struggles behind you, have lunch with Montez King, NIMS executive director and author of “Ultimate Guide to Enhancing Your Training Program,” and Connie King, PMA workforce development director. We're organizing FREE lunch and learns in your district. Submit your interest below so that you can be notified for the next lunch and learn.

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About NIMS

NIMS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was formed in 1995 to develop and maintain a globally competitive American workforce through collaboratively established industry standards, proven training frameworks and processes that dynamically respond to our technology-driven economy.

NIMS has a stakeholder base of more than 6,000 companies in partnership with major industry trade associations: The Association for Manufacturing Technology, the National Tooling & Machining Association, the Precision Metalforming Association, and the Technology and Manufacturing Association. These partners have invested over $7.5 million in private funds for the development of NIMS standards and credentials.

Questions About PMA and NIMS?

Contact Connie King, workforce development director, at or 216-901-8800.