Marine Tech­ni­cian Edu­ca­tion and Certification

ABYC

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.

Certification Programs

  • Com­pos­ite Boat Builder Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion: This com­plete and all encom­pass­ing com­pos­ites course is designed for boat builders and man­u­fac­tur­ers. The cur­ricu­lum includes marine com­pos­ite con­struc­tion, pro­duc­tion and advanced man­u­fac­tur­ing processes, struc­tural details and hard­ware instal­la­tion, qual­ity assur­ance, and safety and envi­ron­men­tal com­pli­ance. The course is fol­lowed by a 200 ques­tion cer­ti­fi­ca­tion exam.
  • Diesel Engine & Sup­port Sys­tems Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion: This four day pro­gram is designed for the expe­ri­enced marine diesel engine tech­ni­cian and is intended to sup­ple­ment fac­tory spon­sored engine spe­cific courses and cer­ti­fi­ca­tions with an indus­try rec­og­nized generic cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of knowl­edge for trou­bleshoot­ing and engine and drive instal­la­tions. This course will cover diesel engines cool­ing sys­tems, elec­tri­cal sys­tems, fuel sys­tems, ven­ti­la­tion sys­tems, exhaust sys­tems, con­trol sys­tems, fuel injec­tion, and drive sys­tems. Addi­tion­ally, exten­sive cov­er­age of applic­a­ble ABYC Stan­dards that apply to diesel engine instal­la­tions will be pro­vided. At the time of reg­is­tra­tion, each stu­dent is sent a course study guide that should be pre­viewed. The class con­cludes with a 200 ques­tion ABYC cer­ti­fi­ca­tion exam.
  • Gaso­line Engine and Sup­port Sys­tems Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion: This four-​day pro­gram is designed for the expe­ri­enced marine gaso­line tech­ni­cian. It is intended to sup­ple­ment fac­tory spon­sored engine spe­cific courses and cer­ti­fi­ca­tions with an indus­try rec­og­nized generic cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of knowl­edge for trou­bleshoot­ing and engine and drive instal­la­tions. The course will cover the fol­low­ing as it per­tains to gaso­line engines, both inboard and out­board: cool­ing sys­tems, elec­tri­cal sys­tems, fuel sys­tems, ven­ti­la­tion sys­tems, exhaust sys­tems, con­trol sys­tems, igni­tion sys­tems and drive sys­tems. Addi­tion­ally, exten­sive cov­er­age of both ABYC Stan­dards and USCG require­ments as they apply to gaso­line fueled engines of all types will be pro­vided. At reg­is­tra­tion, each stu­dent is sent a course study guide, which should be reviewed prior to class. The class con­cludes with a 200 ques­tion cer­ti­fi­ca­tion exam.
  • Elec­tri­cal Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion: This 4 day course is designed for the marine pro­fes­sional with at least 3 - 5 years expe­ri­ence work­ing with marine elec­tri­cal sys­tem design, instal­la­tion or repair. The suc­cess­ful cer­ti­fi­ca­tion can­di­date should have some famil­iar­ity with ABYC elec­tri­cal stan­dards. Course top­ics include elec­tri­cal the­ory, lead-​acid bat­ter­ies, using a multi-​meter, bat­tery test­ing, gen­er­a­tor sets, invert­ers, ground­ing and bond­ing sys­tems, trou­bleshoot­ing and more. At the time of reg­is­tra­tion, each stu­dent will be shipped the lat­est edi­tion of the ABYC Study Guide which should be stud­ied prior to class. Your ABYC study guide con­tains excerpts from all the per­ti­nent ABYC Stan­dards for this class. This class con­cludes with a 200 ques­tion cer­ti­fi­ca­tion exam.
  • Marine Cor­ro­sion Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion: The four day Cor­ro­sion Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion course cov­ers all aspects of marine cor­ro­sion. The course starts off with gen­eral cor­ro­sion the­ory and goes on to include: iden­ti­fy­ing types of cor­ro­sion, prop­er­ties of marine build­ing mate­ri­als, cor­ro­sion con­trol meth­ods & appli­ca­tions, sac­ri­fi­cial cath­ode pro­tec­tion sys­tems and impressed cur­rent sys­tems, pro­tec­tive coat­ings and method­ol­ogy and per­form­ing a cor­ro­sion sur­vey. The price of the course includes the ABYC Marine Cor­ro­sion Study Guide and that will be shipped to you when you reg­is­ter. The price of the class also includes “The Boatowner’s Guide to Cor­ro­sion” by Everett Col­lier. That text­book will be shipped to the meet­ing place and will be avail­able to you in class. This class con­cludes with a 200 ques­tion cer­ti­fi­ca­tion exam
  • Refrig­er­a­tion and A/​C Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion: The ABYC Refrig­er­a­tion and Air Con­di­tion­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion course is designed for the marine tech­ni­cian that has at least a rudi­men­tary level of expe­ri­ence and /​or prior train­ing in work­ing with these sys­tems. The ABYC cer­ti­fi­ca­tion course con­sists of two and a half days of exten­sive mate­r­ial review cov­er­ing the fol­low­ing areas - Instal­la­tion and trou­bleshoot­ing of: both AC and DC elec­tri­cal sys­tems related to refrig­er­a­tion; air man­age­ment sys­tem; related plumb­ing sys­tems; refrig­er­a­tion sys­tem; Trou­bleshoot­ing and repair of sys­tem mechan­i­cal com­po­nents; and Instal­la­tion and trou­bleshoot­ing of reverse-​cycle air con­di­tion­ing sys­tems. The cer­ti­fi­ca­tion exam will be admin­is­tered after lunch of the third day of this program.
  • Marine Sys­tems Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion: This four day sys­tems course will draw key infor­ma­tion from 21 dif­fer­ent ABYC Stan­dards as they apply to boat com­po­nent selec­tion and instal­la­tion. Best indus­try prac­tices will be a part of the body of knowl­edge that a cer­ti­fied tech­ni­cian will be expected to be pro­fi­cient in regards to Potable Water Sys­tems, Waste Water Sys­tems, Tanks, Plumb­ing, Elec­tri­cal Instal­la­tion, Sys­tem Mon­i­tor­ing, Com­pressed Gas Sys­tems for cook­ing and heat­ing, Hydraulic Sys­tems, AC and Refrig­er­a­tion Sys­tems, and Pump Sys­tems. Each stu­dent is shipped a study guide upon reg­is­tra­tion. The class con­cludes with a 200 ques­tion cer­ti­fi­ca­tion exam.
  • ABYC Stan­dards Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion: This three day course will pro­vide the stu­dent with a com­pre­hen­sive and focused look at the key ABYC stan­dards. Class dis­cus­sion will address spe­cific com­pli­ance issues rel­e­vant to engi­neers, installers, com­pli­ance inspec­tors and marine sur­vey­ors. Com­mon non-​compliance areas will be dis­cussed and how to address these issues in both the fac­tory and field envi­ron­ments. Where it is rel­e­vant, US code of Fed­eral Reg­u­la­tion (CFR) will be reviewed as they relate to ABYC stan­dards. The course is fol­lowed by a 100 ques­tion exam for stan­dards certification.

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