The Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association coordinates and facilitates training for the boatbuilding/boat repair and service industry in Canada’s Maritimes. This includes:

Administering the Boat Builder and Marine Service Technician trades in partnership with the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency

Short workshops and information sessions

Online learning resources, including our SkillsPass training portal

Partnering with key training providers for industry-relevant training

Monitoring emerging products and technologies that may be useful to our members


SkillsPass Online Training Portal

Skillspass connects workers, employers, and all related stakeholders via one online training ecosystem that delivers and validates training, skill development, and credentials.

Atlantic Trades Business Seal


People who are already certified journeypersons in their trade can advance their business and leadership skills with the Atlantic Trades Business Seal.

Apprenticeship and Trade Certification

There two provincially-designated trades specific to Nova Scotia’s boatbuilding industry: Boat Builder and Marine Service Technician. These are both on-the-job training programs, jointly administered by the NSBA and the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency.

Short Workshops & Information Sessions


NSBA offers short workshops and learning opportunities at various times through the year. These are generally advertised through our website, our monthly eNews to members, email notices and other methods like social media. We also share information about learning opportunities through partner organizations.

Custom Courses

When a need is identified (and our funding allows), the NSBA coordinates and delivers targeted training courses. Like our short workshops and information sessions, we advertise these through our website, email distribution list, social media, and partner organizations as well as paid advertising. Watch this page and our Events page for opportunities or follow us on social media. 


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Industry in NS is looking for more composite workers; composite technicians use innovative products such as graphite, carbon fiber, fiberglass, or kevlar to create and repair a wide variety of items.

NSCC, the NSBA, and companies in the composites industry have developed training with support from the NS Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration’s One Journey Initiative.

This 8-week introductory course includes in-class and on-the-job training. There are current job opportunities around the province for those who complete the training.

This course starts in January in the Meteghan River area; candidates must be unemployed or underemployed and will be screened before being accepted into the program.


Interested individuals should connect with your local NS Works center as soon as possible, as participants must be supported by a NS Works employment counsellor.

Course Dates: Jan. 24 – Mar. 18, 2022

Course Times: Mon. – Fri., 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $0; financial supports are available to approved participants.

Places of Training:

  • NS Works Clare office – Louis E. Deveau Entrepreneurship Centre

  • A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd.


Online information sessions (click on session to open Zoom link):

If you need assistance in preparing resumés and cover letters please feel free to reach out to Nova Scotia Works:

Telephone: 902-769-3284


Click here for more information on who is eligible and how to apply for the Composites Course