Education Program

The Achievement Program (AP) is the NMRA's educational program to help you learn the crafts and skills necessary in the hobby of model railroading. The AP challenges you with a set of requirements for demonstrating a superior level of skill in various aspects of our hobby. With the completion of each category, you are issued a certificate acknowledging your achievement.

If you have questions about the Achievement Program or want to start on your first certificate, contact our Piedmont Division AP Manager.

Information about the Achievement Program, including requirements for each certificate, is available from the NMRA web site. Don't forget your fellow division members who have completed, or are working towards, a certificate. They are great resources. See below for a list of Piedmont Division Members who have earned Achievement Program certificates or a Golden Spike Award.

If you have earned an AP certificate or Golden Spike Award and it not listed, contact Randall Watson.

The NMRA Achievement Program can help build your modeling experience.
Here are our local Master Model Railroaders! (MMR)
Peter Youngblood, MMR, Charlie Crawford, MMR, Bill Zawacki, MMR, Charles Millar, MMR, Dr. Joe Nichols, Sr. MMR,  Ron Gough, MMR, Joe Nichols, Jr. MMR and Joe Gelmini, MMR. 
Piedmont Division MMRs (2013)
(Photo by James Bando)
Not shown Charlie Brown, MMR.

This Microsoft Excel spreadsheet provides tracking information for the Piedmont Division Achievement Program certificate holders. View the attached file to see the current list.


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Virtual Train ‘N Camp learn to construct a Wood Craftsman Kit by Bar Mills

Piedmont Division of the NMRA Proudly Presents

“Train ‘N Camp” July 31, 2021  9AM EDT to 6PM EDT

Want to construct a wood structure in a day?

Free Clinic     

This is a Virtual Train ‘N Camp where you will learn to construct a Wood Craftsman Kit by Bar Mills. 

Since this year’s edition will be virtual, and taught by the staff at Bar Mills.  There are very specific lists of tools and supplies you’ll need.  You will have as homework prior to the Camp.  RSVP to  . Should be a lot of fun learning from the experts at Bar Mills!  An important note:  The format of this Camp will be different.  The class will be broken up into three sessions, morning, afternoon and evening.  Each session will be about an hour, or so, long.  During that hour there will be direct instruction on completing the kit.  The class will then break so you’ll have time to complete the work.  The next session will then start with questions and then go on to the next steps.  I think this format will be very interesting but will allow you to complete a quality model in one day.

The kit will be:

Springfield Station V1 (although the student can pick V2 or the kit with both versions in it, if they wish).

To receive a discount on the kit send an email to including the kit you want to order along with your phone number no later than July 18 to allow for shipping.  Kit will be $37.00 (includes tax) + $6.00 US shipping, or add ($17.50 for international shipping)