Marine Technician Education and Certification
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.
- 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.