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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, Composites One, and their partners are delivering technical information sessions and two-day hands-on workshops around the province in 2023.

The half-day, hybrid-format technical information sessions will be geared toward surveyors, vessel designers, Transport Canada employees, and others interested in understanding the technical performance, safety, and design implications of vacuum infusion.  

The 2-day hands-on workshops will introduce vacuum infusion to boatbuilders and repairers; vacuum infusion which is a manufacturing method that is cleaner in the workplace, reduces worker exposure to potentially harmful chemicals, uses less materials, and results in a more consistent end result. During the workshop, participants will create a boat component using both the traditional open layup method and the vacuum infusion method for a clear comparison of the two metho

Training Cost:
Technical information sessions (includes refreshment break):

  • NSBA Members + Transport Canada: FREE

  • Non-Members: FREE

2-Day workshops (includes refreshment breaks and lunches):

  • NSBA Members: $0 

  • Non-Members: $200

Training Dates and Locations:

Technical Information Session (hybrid): September 26—Sydney area (location TBD*)
Workshop: September 27-28—Samson Enterprises, Arichat

Number of spaces:
Technical information sessions: 15-20 people in-person, unlimited online
Workshops: 20 people

*TBD = to be determined

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