Marine Service Technician

Practice quizzes are now available online for currently registered MST apprentices and trade qualifiers who have agreements with NSBA. Training units are provided separately for security reasons. Contact if you have questions or any issues accessing the units.

Marine Service Technician exam prep courses are occasionally offered for trade practitioners who meet the eligibility requirements to challenge the exam as trade qualifiers. More information is available here

Marine Service Technicians service, repair, refit and upgrade commercial and pleasure boats, power and sail.

They perform structural, cosmetic, electrical, electronic and mechanical work on boats. They also set and tune rigging and haul and store boats.

Marine Service Technicians are the people that keep fishing boats running, keep workboats on the water and service the multitude of pleasure boats on Nova Scotia’s rivers, lakes and coasts.

On September 4th 2012, “Marine Service Technician” was designated as a Trade in Nova Scotia.

Where do Marine Service Technicians work?

  • Boat yards
  • Marinas
  • Yacht clubs
  • Marine dealerships

What do Marine Service Technicians do?

Service and repair boat systems such as:

  • Hull and topside structure
  • Marine electrical/electronics
  • Marine piping and mechanical
  • Marine engine and propulsion

Where can you get MST skills training?

  • Enroll in the Nova Scotia MST Apprenticeship Program. Contact Jan at the NSBA for details.
  • Take the MST orientation course (currently no courses scheduled)

Do you have MST experience and want to challenge for Certification?

If you already have extensive experience working as a Marine Service Technician, you can challenge for MST Trade Qualification by applying to the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA) to take the MST Certification exam.

The cost of challenging for the MST Certification exam is $740.77 (prices and fees are subject to change without notice). This fee is payable to the MINISTER OF FINANCE.

But first, you have to make sure you can satisfy certain requirements, including the following:

  • You have to have at least 10,800 hours of MST-related work experience, or approximately 6 years over the past 10 years
    • You can provide documentation to support your related work experience, such as letters from employers
    • You can provide two references confirming your competence as an MST

It’s advisable to prepare for the multiple choice exam as the MST trade is broad in scope and your regular work may not span all of it. You can prepare in several ways:

Further information on the MST Certification application process can be found on the NSAA website.

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