National Institute for Professional Advancement
The National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA) offers advanced vocational education for students who want to further their education after secondary schools and adults already in the workforce. Our programs are tailored to the needs and interests of the labour market and the wider St. Maarten community.

Currently managed by director Sergio Blomont, NIPA is the only government-recognized institute for advanced vocational and technical education in St. Maarten.

Apprenticeships vary from short (partial qualifications over a few weeks) to full levels, up to 4 years, and cover many relevant areas. See our courses for more information.
We engage resources and professional staff whose sole objective is to help all our students succeed in their educational goals and to build stronger communities.

NIPA's goals are:
✔ Provide premium quality vocational and technical education that is widely recognized.
✔ Offer challenging programs in order to develop essential skills in critical thinking, problem-solving skills, effective communication, and proficiency in the use of technology.
✔ Sustain a caring, supportive, and success-driven climate throughout the institution.
✔ Make educational and career opportunities accessible to all.
✔ Form strong and lasting partnerships with the business community that will strengthen St. Martin's position in the tourism industry.
✔ Employ, develop, and retain the best personnel to suit the needs of the institution in serving our clients.

NIPA's Vision:
We envision NIPA as a model of innovation, inclusiveness and excellence in professional vocational education, and recognized as an important pathway to rewarding careers in our country in the region and abroad.

NIPA's Mission:
The National Institute for Professional Advancement's mission is to provide professional vocational education that will prepare all students to succeed at their chosen career pathway. We support student success, economic development of our community and country by providing a skilled workforce through the delivery of relevant education and training opportunities.
Download / print our general brochure:

NIPA Brochure

5 reasons
to join NIPA:

  1. If you live in St. Maarten / St. Martin, you won't need to leave family and friends while you pursue your studies.
  2. NIPA has a dedicated staff of professionals to guide, support and motivate you throughout your studies.
  3. You will gain technical and vocational skills at an affordable price.
  4. You will receive extensive opportunities for further education and career development.
  5. Your experience will be life-changing.
I love where I work, and NIPA has helped me grow in my job.
Jean Charles Mackenson
working at IGY Marinas,
St. Maarten Apprenticeship

Contact us

(+1 721) 543 0497

or (+1 721) 543 0498

Fax: (+1 721) 543 0479

Monday to Friday,
from 8h30 am to 4h00 pm

NIPA school St. Maarten National Institute for Professional Advancement

National Institute
for Professional Advancement

Building B, Jackal Road #4
Cay Hill, St. Maarten.

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