Training Resources and Certifications

For those looking to achieve certifications and training tailored for employment in the gear manufacturing environment, the following are presented as resources for more information.

National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) was formed in 1995 by the metalworking trade associations to develop and maintain globally competitive American workforce. NIMS sets skills standards for the industry, certifies individual skills against the standards and accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements. Read More at

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The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)

MSSC is an industry-led standards-based, training, assessment and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nation’s production and supply chain logistics workers. The nationwide MSSC System, based upon industry-defined and federally-endorsed national standards, offers both entry-level and incumbent workers the opportunity to demonstrate that they have acquired the skills increasingly needed in the high-growth, technology-intensive jobs of the 21st century.

The Tooling and Manufacturing Association (TMA)

TMA was founded in 1925 by 8 small manufacturing companies who thought they could better themselves by associating with one another. Through the years, members established programs and services that would help their businesses grow and prosper, train their employees, and provide medical and retirement benefits. As a result of these efforts, TMA has grown into a 1,250 member not-for-profit organization of precision manufacturing and supplier companies in the greater Chicago area. Read More at

The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

NCRC is a portable, evidence-based credential that measures essential workplace skills and is a reliable predictor of workplace success. Learn more at


NOCTI is a leading provider of high-quality occupational competency assessment products and services to secondary and post-secondary educational institutions in the United States and around the world. Learn more at

Richard J. Daley College - Chicago

The Manufacturing Technology program at Daley College provides a great deal of training for those seeking employment in the manufacturing sector. Learn more about their programs at