ABYC offers a nationally accredited certification program designed to improve the quality of boat maintenance and repair and the professionalism of technicians. This certification program provides standards-based, continuing technical education for marine technicians throughout the industry. An ABYC Certified Technician offers not only trusted customer satisfaction but also increased profits from better trained, more effective technicians on a recognized career path.
When consumers need their boat worked on, they consider quality, fair pricing and great customer service when choosing where to bring their business. It can be difficult to know who to trust but when you are ABYC Certified there is a built in sense of confidence and peace of mind right from the start. ABYC is a symbol of certainty.
In an effort to strengthen the value of ABYC's Certified Technician program, two major changes are being implemented. These changes are similar to what other familiar industries have done for many years including the automotive ASE Certification (Automotive Service Excellence). These changes are being driven by our members’ requests to improve the quality and reliability of employees entering the boating industry.
Section 1: Certification DesignationsABYC recognizes that many different types of marine industry professionals desire ABYC technical certifications, however not all of those individuals are physically working on boats. Many are in an advisory or consulting position and have a need for the same type of knowledge, but lack the practical skills that are necessary by service and installation technicians. ABYC has created certification designations to better associate the type of work being done by the individual.
Designed for people who work within the marine service sector that desire an ABYC certification but do not physically work on boats performing repairs.
Examples: Marine surveyors, customer service representatives and engineering standards compliance specialists.
Technician certification is the means by which the ABYC and the general public identify those that are actually certified to perform trouble-shooting, repairs and equipment installations on boats.
Examples: Technicians, installers.
Section 2: Work Experience & Continuing Education Units
In order to obtain a Technician Certification, 2 years of documented work experience in the field related to the certification will be required in addition to passing the certification exam. Related work experience is intended to ensure that technicians are regularly involved in the tasks that they are certified in.
Example: A technician whose sole responsibility is engine repair is not eligible for an electrical certification.
Continuing Education Units
CEUs have long been used in other industries to promote the continual growth & improvement of certifications. 10 CEUs in a related field are required for re-certifications in addition to passing the re-certification exam.
You may receive credit by substituting relevant formal training.
Implementation of New Requirements
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