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ABBRA to hold first-ever service manager’s course in California


The American Boat Builders and Repairers Association plans to hold its first Marine Service Managers Course in California on Sept. 23-27. The certification course will take place at Keefe Kaplan Maritime in Richmond Point.

ABBRA said in a statement that it will offer the only leadership training for boatyard operators with an industry-recognized credential (Certified Marine Service Manager). The Marine Service Managers Course allows yard operators to “professionalize” their staffs and improve the efficiency and profitability of their businesses, according to ABBRA.

The course focuses on boatyard operations; leadership and time-management skills; policies and procedures; contracts; human resources, OSHA and EPA compliance issues; team building; and financial management. It is taught by a team of industry experts, who offer perspectives on everyday business issues and challenges.

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