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ABBRA to offer new certification course at Refit Show


American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA), in partnership with the Landing School, has developed a six-part certification course for project managers in the marine industry. The first certification program will be held at the Refit International Exhibition & Conference, Jan. 10-11, 2018, at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale. Industry professionals who complete the two-day program and demonstrate competency in all sessions will be awarded the new certification.

The project management certification courses include Project Management Basics, The Art of Estimating, Boat Refit & Building Economics, Team Building and Communications, Project Control and Leadership, and a Case Study. The courses will be taught by Richard Schuhmann, Jamie Houtz, Kristy Lank, and Pam Lendzion. Each Refit Show attendee who successfully completes all six courses will earn an ABBRA Badge at the end of the event. All of ABBRA’s courses are also open to Refit Show attendees who aren’t seeking certification.

“Considering the complexity of modern yacht refits, we see ABBRA’s new certification as a critical effort to raise the bar in the refit workforce,” said Jim Miller, Refit Show director. “Many of the Refit Show’s attendees have asked us to develop seminars that tackle workforce challenges in yards. ABBRA is an expert partner for this area of our conference program.”

The 2018 Refit Show will double the size of its exhibit hall and increase its seminar options from 15 to 24. In addition to ABBRA and the Landing School, more educational partners are contributing to the conference program, including training schools and other associations. The Refit Show is also adding more networking events and live product demonstrations.

Refit Show organizers will announce the full seminar series in early fall. Registration for the Refit Show opens in mid-fall. For more information, visit

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