Empire Division AP Program


AP Categories

Model Railroad Equipment

Master Builder - Motive Power

Master Builder - Cars


Master Builder - Structures

Master Builder - Scenery

Master Builder - Prototype Models

Engineering and Operation

Model Railroad Engineer - Civil

Model Railroad Engineer - Electrical

Chief Dispatcher

Service to the Hobby

Association Official

Association Volunteer

Model Railroad Author

Master Model Railroader

How To Become A MMR


A NMRA member qualifies as a Master Model Railroader when he or she has obtained at least seven of the eleven Achievement Certificates provided that he or she has earned at least one Achievement Certificate in each of the four areas of the Regulations. Earning the title of Master Model Railroader is the ultimate goal for many participants in the Achievement Program.

The NMRA AP Program

In simple terms, the Achievement Program (AP) is a travel guide, to help you on your journey through the world of model railroading. The AP also provides incentive to learn and master the many crafts and skills necessary in the hobby of model railroading. With the completion of each category, you will be issued a certificate acknowledging your achievement. The AP requirements are a set of standards, but they can also serve as a set of guideposts for those who are new, near-new, and not-so-new to the hobby. Not because they lead to some sort of official pat-on-the-back, but because they are a source of ideas for projects that can help us learn to become better modelers. Briefly, the AP is a system of requirements for demonstrating a superior level of skill in various aspects of our hobby. It covers not only building various types of models, but also building other things which are important to the hobby, such as scenery, structures, track work, and wiring. It also recognizes service to the hobby and the NMRA, which are important as well. Use the links on the right to explore the different certificates and requirements. We hope that you will soon find just how easy it is to participate in the Achievement Program, and if you are not yet involved start you off on the right foot. Please visit the Contact Us page to find contact information for the Empire Division AP Manager.