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Marine Apprenticeships & Training Programs in Rhode Island

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Founded in 1964 and located at Bristol RI, the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA) represents all aspects of the recreational boating industry in its home state with over 300 companies includes boat builders, manufacturers, marinas, boatyards, service providers, retail and wholesale outfits, educational institutions and other organizations.

RIMTA today is engaged in a diverse set of issues on behalf of its members; the organization’s Board of Directors represents all facets of the industry and chair committees on Boat Shows, Boating Safety, Dealers, Education & Training, Ferries & Charters, Fisheries, Legislative, Manufacturing, Marinas, Membership, and Yacht Clubs.

RIMTA keeps a close eye on the workforce challenges member companies face and coordinates workforce-development programs to address those challenges; the organization is also a resource for securing funding to train your existing workforce.

Training Programs



Marine Apprenticeships & Training

  • Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program (7 weeks): The Marine Trades & Composites Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program is geared to individuals looking to gain the skills needed for entry-level positions in the marine and composites industries and is coordinated by RIMTA along with area employers and educational providers. This seven-week, hands-on training prepares participants in a wide range of areas–carpentry, welding, rigging, painting, forklift operation, marine systems, safety and other areas–as well as on-the-job experience in a short-term internship.
  • Incumbent Worker and Professional Development: RIMTA co-ordinates and partners with area trainers to offer professional development and certification training on topics such as environmental regulations, OSHA, human resources, and industry roundtable discussions.
  • Summer Marketing Internship (6 weeks): This program is a great way for individuals from ages 18 to 24 to learn about marketing, public relations and event planning in the recreational marine industry. The program runs for 20 hours per week.
  • Youth Summer Boatbuilding Program (6 weeks): The program incorporates work experiences, career exploration, leadership development, adult mentoring, basic skills development and job readiness services. Participants gain basic, academic and employment skills, earn their diploma and gain paid work experience, and receive a certificate of completion from RIMTA.
  • Become a Launch Operator (4 days in partnership with Confident Captain/Ocean Pros): This course is for boaters who are interested in becoming licensed launch operators while gaining valuable on-the-water boat handling skills that will help prepare you for your first launch tender job.

IYRS Training

  • Fundamentals of Composites Technology Course (15 days)
  • Composites Repair & Refinishing Course (15 days)
  • Check IYRS Section for more details on these courses

IYRS Careers Day

  • Marine & Composites Industry Career Day: Connect with potential employers and learn more about careers and the skills required at the annual Marine & Composites Industry Career Day. This event is held each spring in Newport and organized by RIMTA and the IYRS School of Technology and Trades.

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