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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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NSBA is facilitating a training course for Marine Service Managers. This course was developed and is offered by Quadrant Marine Institute. 

From Quadrant Marine Institute's website
The Marine Service Manager Training & Certification covers six essential skills of successful marine service managers: Communicating, Planning, Organizing, Decision making, Leading and Monitoring. The course gives managers the opportunity to develop excellence in the key areas of: Managing projects, Running the business, Managing employees, Work safe, Marketing & customer experience, Money matters, Contracts, Legal and Insurance.

This course is for people who own/operate marine service or boat building companies or subcontract to those companies and for anyone who is in a supervisory role with service staff (assigning, managing and monitoring work) and dealing with customers and supply logistics.

The foundation of the workshop is managing projects in the day-to-day chaos of the service world (also relevant to custom boatbuilders and dealerships). Participants bring real projects from their own roster (minus personal or confidential information) to work through issues of parts, personnel, safety, space, scope, time, subcontractors, contracts, customers, company culture, finances, insurance, etc. as they arise. For those who are not owners, the course explores managing up e.g., how to approach the owner with ideas and when to back off when it’s out of your scope.

The course structure is a series of hands-on workshops; participants collaborate with industry partners and mentors to design the exact tools you need to succeed. There are 6 days of instructor-led learning as a group plus online and tailored company-specific activities that participants complete individually with access to mentors for support. 

We are currently collecting names of those interested in taking the course; once we confirm sufficient numbers, registration will be done through Quadrant Marine Institute. If you are interested, please email Chantel at

PROPOSED DATES: In person Feb. 23, 24, 25 & Mar. 2, 3, 4 2023 
TIMES: 8 hour days, times to be confirmed
LOCATION (in person component):  Shining Waters Marina, 148 Nautical Way, Tantallon, NS
COST:  $2750 for NSBA members, $3000 for non-NSBA members 

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