Responding to a mid-50s boom in recreational boating, the American Boat & Yacht Council was formed by members of the Motorboat and Yacht Advisory Panel of the U.S. Coast Guard's Merchant Marine Council. ABYC's approximately 4,000 members include boat builders, boat yards, yacht brokers, marinas, service technicians, surveyors, retail marine stores, marine insurance companies, equipment manufacturers and boat owners. Both nationally and internationally, ABYC is the acknowledged authority that provides uniform standards to enhance marine manufacturing, maintenance, service and safety.
In addition to writing uniform technical standards for the entire marine industry, ABYC has become a leader in education for marine industry professionals, technicians and boat owners by offering seminars, workshops, webinars, marine technician certification training and standards accreditation as well as numerous educational publications.
The ABYC Marine Technician Certification Program is designed for the mid to high level experienced technician. The program places strong emphasis on trouble shooting and analysis in accordance with ABYC standards and generally accepted industry practices. The program consists of eight courses covering important technical areas such as Marine Electrical Systems, A/C and Refrigeration, Diesel Engines, Gasoline Engines, Marine Corrosion, and Composite Boat Building. Those who successfully complete each course and pass a nationally accredited certification exam will receive a certificate, a uniform patch, a listing in ABYC’s online Certified Technician Directory and for all who are an ABYC member, the ability to purchase ABYC Certified Technician signage for their organization’s entrance, showroom or shop floor.
The ABYC Certified Master Technician designation is for ABYC Certified Technicians who have successfully passed at least three of any of the eight ABYC Certification exams. These technicians not only have the work experience, but have demonstrated the desire to improve their skills with extensive standards-based technical marine education.
As the not-for-profit educational affiliate of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology has been providing the education necessary for anyone with the drive and desire to become a practicing small-craft designer since 1930. Over the years, Westlawn has produced more practicing small-craft designers than many of the other institutions in the world combined.
Westlawn graduates have established careers throughout the marine industry, with leading builders and design firms. A significant portion of the world's small-craft designers are Westlawn trained. A Westlawn diploma demonstrates the graduate’s mastery of concept and design skills. Equally important to prospective employers, it offers proof of superior self-discipline and dedication, for a powerful competitive advantage in today’s job market. more..
The Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology and SUNY Maritime joint continuing-education (CE) program to offer a wide selection of courses exclusively accredited or certified by third-party agencies to serve the boating industry’s need for highly trained workers. The combination of Westlawn, SUNY Maritime, and American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) courses cover subjects from the fundamentals of boat design, maintenance and repair, to marine surveying, through metal corrosion, to training for captain’s licenses, and radar recertification. All of Westlawn’s courses are available entirely through distance learning. SUNY Maritime’s marine-surveying courses are also distance learning, in addition to offering additional on campus CE courses. ABYC courses and certifications are offered at various locations throughout the country, as well as on-site at facilities.
Awards: Certificates of completion and continuing-education units (CEUs) are granted by Westlawn and SUNY Maritime upon completion of each course. CEUs and certificates are recorded in the student’s permanent academic record at both Westlawn and SUNY Maritime. Advanced Certificates in Marine Surveying and Boat Management are also awarded by SUNY Maritime to students who complete recommended combinations of courses.