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National Maritime Education Council

The new Standard for Maritime Craft Professionals

Established in 2012, NMEC is a multi-regional, industry-driven, member-based trade organization working to address workforce challenges facing the shipbuilding and ship repair industry. 

Our Workforce Strategy

Our Servuces
Standardized Curricula

Industry-driven, standards-based curricula ensures that everyone is teaching to the same standard.

Portable Skills


credentials provide individuals with national, portable, and stackable credentials.  

Validated Assessments

Written and performance-based assessments help employers determine the skill level of new-hires and incumbent workers.

Instructor Certification

A certification program that ensures the uniform and consistent delivery of training based on standards set by industry.

System of Accreditation

Several types of accreditation for employers and training providers to ensure quality.

A National Registry

An online, secure database to track individuals' credentials and certifications that can be accessed by employers.

Our Members

"Industry certifications validate what workers know and are able to do. They take the guesswork out of hiring and promotion, and help reduce costs and minimize risks."

Developing Skilled Workers: Recruiting and Training a Quality Workforce
The Manufacturing Institute

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Investment in NMEC is not just an investment in your incumbent craft professionals and your future workforce, it is an investment in the future of the shipbuilding and ship repair industry.  A national, comprehensive system of workforce development will help grow the talent pipeline and improve your bottom line.


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