Welcome to IYRS School of Technology & Trades, a non-profit, post-secondary experiential learning school in Newport, Rhode Island. IYRS offers education & training programs for craftspeople, artists, fixers, technicians, thinkers, problem-solvers, and creatives!

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IYRS currently has four accredited programs, Digital Modeling & FabricationComposites Technology, Boatbuilding & Restoration and Marine Systems. Additionally, IYRS has collaborated with post-secondary schools of architecture, preservation, industrial design and engineering through short-term classes, including projects with MIT, Harvard, RISD, Roger Williams, Salve Regina University and others. IYRS offers an extraordinarily attractive location to study in the heart of beautiful and historic Newport, RI, where IYRS’ three acre campus is situated overlooking Newport harbor.


IYRS provides experiential education, preparing students to enter a global maker and manufacturing workforce. IYRS teaches the art and science of making, building, restoring and maintaining, and in the process, helps its graduates build both careers and more meaningful lives – inspired by the knowledge that in their hands and through the use of technology, they have the power to make, build and maintain to a high standard.

Build Beyond Ordinary

Building or restoring things is the essence of creativity, productivity, human spirit, and even community. We are driven to do this kind of activity, and to celebrate the associated art, science and knowledge – the ability to work and think through our hands or through the use of technology.

Enter IYRS, a school founded upon an experiential education model – a model that prepares highly technical and deeply craft-oriented people to work with a range of materials, and to maintain a range of systems, to help industry and the individual. In a nutshell, that education is this: students immersed, both body and spirit, with a team equally dedicated to transforming materials into useful, lasting things, and in so doing transforming their lives and careers.

At IYRS, students learn to make, restore and maintain things with a heightened sense of purpose and craft, becoming truly in demand across industries. In the process, they build more meaningful lives, satisfied and inspired in the knowledge that, in their hands, they have the power to build almost anything!


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of tuition?

The current cost of tuition can be found on the Tuition & Fees web page.

Does IYRS offer financial aid?

Yes, IYRS is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institution, and students are eligible for U.S. Federal financial aid, as well as need-based and merit-based financial aid from the institution. Additionally, IYRS offers robust scholarship & grant opportunities to help ensure an IYRS education is affordable and accessible.

What training programs does IYRS offer?

Currently IYRS offers four full-time, fully-immersive training programs; Boatbuilding & Restoration (20-month program), Composites Technology (6-month program), Digital Modeling & Fabrication (9-month program), Marine Systems (6-month program).

What are the application requirements?

After filling out the online application, applicants work directly with an admissions representative through the admissions process. Applicants should begin to gather an official high school transcript, GED or college transcript, two letter of recommendations, as well as a resume or portfolio. While not required, a campus visit prior to enrollment is recommended.

Where is IYRS?

IYRS has a 3-acre waterfront campus in downtown Newport, Rhode Island. The community has a long and accessible history of making and building, especially as it relates to boats, buildings and the military. It is rich
in activity, drawing students and visitors from all over the world whilst maintaining a vibrant local community-feel year round.

Does IYRS offer housing?

IYRS does not have dorms, though the real estate rental market is active and robust. The Student Services team offers resources and support to secure housing within walking and biking distance, if desired.

What are the class sizes?

IYRS caps all program enrollment to ensure a positive, hands-on experience for all students. Typically the student to faculty ratio ranges from 10:1 – 12:1.

Are IYRS programs degree-granting?

IYRS offers accredited certificate programs; included within most programs are opportunities to sit for gold-standard industry certifications, positioning graduates to enter the workforce.

Does IYRS offer career development?

Yes, IYRS has a vigorous career development curriculum for each and every student which is integrated right in to the IYRS student experience. All students will have the opportunity to enhance their skills by completing an off-site externship at the completion of their program. IYRS continues to grow its base of employer relationships to benefit student career exploration.

Can I use my Veteran’s Benefits?

Yes, IYRS is certified to accept G.I. Bill benefits for eligible U.S. Military Veterans. Veterans who qualify for the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill (Chapter 33), the Montgomery G.I. Bill (Chapter 30) and Veterans’ Vocational Rehabilitation Programs (Chapter 31) may use their benefits at IYRS.

What is the student body like at IYRS?

IYRS is a post-secondary school with students of all ages, post-high school. Students come to IYRS with a host of interests, backgrounds and motivations; they are high school graduates, U.S. Military Veterans, career changers, international students, and hobbyists.

What does “IYRS” mean?

IYRS was founded in 1995 as the International Yacht Restoration School. The school discovered that its true strength is a hands-on learning model wrapped in career skills development that allowed IYRS to grow and diversify training across the maker and manufacturing economies.

Is IYRS accredited?

Yes, IYRS is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). 
Learn more at http://www.accsc.org.

Is IYRS a non-profit organization?

Yes, IYRS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Quite simply, this means IYRS is a tax exempt organization in which no person or corporation financially benefits off of educating a student.


IYRS at a Glance

• Founded in 1995
• Internationally recognized experiential learning institution
• Waterfront campus in the heart of Newport, RI featuring Restoration Hall, The Brooks Building, and the Aquidneck Mill Building
• Offering four full-time programs in highly technical and deeply craft-based making, building and restoring
• Small student body, highly focused curricula
• Articulation agreements with regional colleges and universities
• Past collaborations with prestigious institutions such as MIT, Harvard, RISD, Roger Williams & others
• Industry-experienced faculty
• Strong roster of industry partners and sponsors
• Active in major restoration projects & manufacturing innovation


Educational Collaborations

IYRS works with schools, industry and government groups to create short, custom programming to meet specific training needs. IYRS has recently collaborated with:

• Community College of Rhode Island [Articulation Agreement]
• Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design
• Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• Rhode Island School of Design
• Roger Williams University [Articulation Agreement]
• Salve Regina University [Articulation Agreement]
• Stevens Institute of Technology
• United States Army
• United States Coast Guard
• United States Navy


accsc-logoIYRS is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). Our programs are conceived, developed and continually improved through oversight and engagement by industry partners, certification granting associations, and through an internal evaluation process that includes students, staff, trustees, and ind#ustry consultants.