The Atlantic Marine Trades Association (AMTA) is reaching out to Nova Scotia-based marine dealers and marina operators to see if their employees are interested in challenging the Marine Service Technician (MST) exam. The association is notifying marine businesses of a preparation workshop designed to better prepare those who take the exam.
The Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association (NSBA) has been developing an apprenticeship program by using learning materials provided by the Quadrant
Marine Institute in Sidney, BC. Quadrant agreed to a three-year partnership with the NSBA this summer to supply training materials so that NSBA could administer the Marine Service Technician apprenticeship program in Nova Scotia.
Terry Conrad, of Conrad Marine Sales & Service Ltd., was one of the first six people to pass the exam this summer. He says the test will prove very difficult to pass for those lacking sufficient experience in the industry. "Someone with less than 20 years of experience on the job wouldn't have much of a chance to pass,' described Conrad.
Several workshops will be available in October to help prepare those wishing to take the exam. Workshops will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations:
October 2 – Yarmouth, NS
Room B147, NSCC Burridge Campus
October 9 – Halifax, NS
The Canadiana Restaurant, Santorini Room in Bayers Lake Industrial Park.
October 16 – Port Hawkesbury, NS
The boardroom, NSCC Nautical Institute
Before the certification exam can be taken, a technician must prove that they have at least 12,000 hours of experience on the job. To pass the exam, participants must score 70 percent or higher.
To see the six technicians who were the first successful challengers of this exam, click here.
For more information please contact Chip Dickison at the NS Boatbuilders Association at email@example.com; 902-423-2378 or Pat Nelder at the Atlantic Marine Trades Association at firstname.lastname@example.org; 877-595-2682.