BROOKLIN, Maine — EMarineTraining.com, an online distance-learning program owned and operated by Professional BoatBuilder magazine, and the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) are jointly offering courses for certification in composite repair, the EmarineTraining.com reported in a statement yesterday.
The Marine Composite Repair program consists of two six-week online segments complemented by a three-day hands-on seminar. The tests and laboratory experience have been designed to measure key competencies in the composite field. Upon completion, students walk away as ABBRA-certified composite repairers, according to the company.
“We’re delighted to be working with EMarineTraining to offer our members access to this innovative approach to learning,” says Mark Amaral, managing director for ABBRA. “The mixture of online and hands-on training makes for a powerful educational tool.”
Certification is based on the participant’s ability to complete a written exam at the end of each module and pass the laboratory verification process, said the company.
Since the first two modules of the course start with the basics of composite repair, the Marine Composite Repair program is appropriate for boatbuilding professionals of all levels. Certificate candidates with a better understanding of composites may test-out of either or both of the online segments and still participate in the hands-on component, the company reported.
EMarineTraining.com offers a series of online courses that include: a minimum one-hour-per-week live, real-time, online “virtual class” with an instructor; e-mail correspondence with the instructor; and a 24-hour discussion board available to the students and instructor for the duration of the course.
Online classes start the week of January 5. Registration begins in November. For fee schedules and registration information, click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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