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Program enrolls once annually in the Fall (typically September).
- Master the craft and fundamentals of wooden boatbuilding.
- Develop project management, teamwork and advanced woodworking skills which get you workforce-ready.
- 2-year program enrolls each September.
- Widely regarded as the highest level of industry training.
Boatbuilding & Restoration Industries
- Boatbuilding/Wood Boatbuilding
- Joinery Specialist
- Boat/Yacht Repair and Restoration
- Furniture Restoration & Preservation
Boatbuilding & Restoration Training
- Woodworking and Tool Use
- Hull Shape and Lofting
- Spar Making
- Surveying and Assessment
- Computer Aided Design (CAD)
- Project Management
- Sailing and Boat Handling
Why Go to School for Boatbuilding?
Is there a market for wooden boats and wooden boatbuilding?
Yes! Located in the historic coastal town of Newport, RI, IYRS is at the center of an industry that has remained strong and hungry for skilled craftspeople.
How long is the Boatbuilding & Restoration Program?
The program is two-years and includes a number of in-class restoration projects, as well as opportunities to participate in workshops, lectures and demonstrations outside of class. Classes simulate a real-world environment by meeting 9-5pm, Monday-Friday.
What are the career paths after IYRS?
Students work with a dedicated team of professionals who help shape students’ experience based on where they envision their career going. Opening a business, working for a large or small boat yard, working as a skilled craftsperson in a number of industries that work with wood, working as a freelance boatbuilder or directly on a boat crew are all viable options.
Is the school accredited? What is the value of the certifications I will earn?
IYRS is a non-profit institution, and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
How much is tuition to the Boatbuilding & Restoration program?
For current tuition rates, please see the Tuition & Fees page.
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