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ABYC is pleased to announce a joint training venture with The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). This four-day training event will focus two of the days on ABYC marine electrical standards and training, and two days on NMEA marine electronics standards and training. This will be the marine industry’s premier training event specifically designed as a one-stop shop for boat builders, installers, technicians, marine mechanics and surveyors to get trained on ABYC and NMEA standards.

"For the past year, both associations have met to strategically discuss the best way to work together," said Mark Reedenauer, NMEA’s President and Executive Director.   “It was unanimously agreed that a 4-day training event is the best offering that can be provided to both marine electricians and marine electronics installers.  Never before could a marine professional attend four days of training and potentially walk away with three certifications,”  

Regarding this new collaboration, Ed Sherman, ABYC Vice President and Education Director said “I’m thrilled that ABYC and NMEA have been able to create this opportunity for marine industry electrical and electronic  technicians. As the convergence of onboard electrical and electronic systems continues to become more prevalent on new boats or as part of major retrofits, the need for highly qualified installation specialists is more important than ever. This new program will go a long way toward ensuring that the technicians working on your boat will have proven expertise with both the electrical power side and electronic side of these complex systems.”

Pricing:

  • Member*: $1195

  • Non-Member: $1695

*Paid membership is required with either ABYC or NMEA for member pricing. 

Course Includes:

  • 3 Certifications: ABYC Electrical, NMEA Marine Electronics Installer, NMEA 2000® Network

  • Study Materials for each course.

  • Lunch will be served all four days.

Locations:

  • Sept 19-22 — NMEA Conference and Expo, Naples FL

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  • Nov 15-18 — Swedish Club, Seattle, WA (hosted by Sure Marine Service)

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  • Nov 28-Dec 1 — New England Institute of Technology, East Greenwich, RI

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Schedule:

  • Day one—ABYC Marine Electrical Certification Training
  • Day two—ABYC Marine Electrical Review & Exam
  • Day three—NMEA Marine Electronics Installer (MEI) Training & Testing
  • Day four—NMEA 2000® Network Installer Training & Testing

Course Descriptions:

ABYC Marine Electrical Certification

This certification is geared toward marine electricians with broad experience in both troubleshooting and equipment installations, both AC and DC. The certification covers key areas from twelve different knowledge areas as follows:

  • Basic electrical fundamentals
  • Cable installation and termination
  • Maintaining and installing battery systems
  • Battery charging systems
  • Inverter installation and troubleshooting
  • AC shore power systems
  • AC generators
  • AC panel boards
  • DC panel boards
  • AC components
  • DC components
  • Safety equipment

The Marine Electronics Installer

Established in 2004 to encourage a high level of professional expertise in entry-level and mid-level technicians and to lead them to seek Certified Marine Electronic Technician (CMET) status. Basic Marine Electronics Installer Course MEI - Recently updated with the most current information available! This training is suitable for installers, product designers, surveyors, etc. This is an introductory course in marine electronics installation that clarifies and defines competent installation practices. Topics include: Ohms law, grounds, battery and battery chargers, DC wiring, EMI, coaxial cables, antennas, AIS, marine VHF radios, transducers, radar, heading sensors and NMEA data interfacing. Course Materials Included with Registration: NMEA 0400 Installation Standards version 4.00 and supplemental course materials.

NMEA 2000® Network Course

Primarily targeted for the beginner or those who have been installing NMEA 2000® but would like more information, more clarity and an opportunity to share ideas with others who have installed NMEA 2000® networks. The course provides information beyond the NMEA 0400 Installation Standard or the MEI and Advanced MEI Training. NMEA 2000® Network Course Topics include: cables, connectors, specifications, physical planning and documentation, power sources and distribution, voltage drop calculations, data messages (parameter group numbers), connecting to other data sources, network setup and troubleshooting. You will take from this class the near-term and long-term benefits of NMEA 2000® certified equipment, accepted installation practices for NMEA 2000® backbone cable and products, including selection of cable, power application point, and alternatives that make it work best. You will also have sufficient working knowledge of NMEA 2000® so you can successfully troubleshoot problems when they arise and correctly identify/repair/replace the faulty device(s) or network cabling problems. This is not intended to teach programming nor to be training for manufacturing developers. Course Materials Included with Registration: NMEA 2000® course materials and excerpt from 0400 Installation Standards.

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