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Currently ABYC offers eight certifications, which are each valid for a 5 year period at which point certified individuals will be notified that it is time to renew. Each of the Certification classes are worth 32 CEU's. 

ABYC's customary education tracks include four days in a classroom and a test. If a candidate feels particularly strong in the content areas, candidates can completely self-study and register for either a written exam or make arrangements with ABYC to sit for a proctored online exam.

Below is a list of ABYC classes. Please click to expand and read full descriptions.

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

Marine Corrosion Certification

Successful completers of this certification program and exam will have a good understanding of all of the various types of corrosion and be able to perform a thorough corrosion analysis on boats of all types.

This certification class is designed and intended for those with a minimum of 3-5 years practical experience in the marine field. It is highly recommended that certification candidates already have ABYC electrical certification before attempting the corrosion certification program. It is presumed by the course content that candidates have a reasonable understanding of basic concepts such as electrical grounding, electrical current flow, galvanic isolation and basic marine electrical terminology.

The topic areas that are covered include:

  • Basic molecular theory
  • Chemical reaction fundamentals
  • Basic electrical theory
  • Corrosion processes
  • The galvanic series
  • Corrosion types
  • Induced (electrolytic) corrosion rules and electron movement
  • Corrosion control/material properties
  • Relevant ABYC Standards review
  • Cathodic protection systems
  • Corrosion mitigation
  • Protective coatings
  • Aluminum outdrive issues and solutions
  • Conducting a corrosion survey
  • Protection calculations and troubleshooting.

Marine Systems Certification

This certification covers thirteen different areas in the marine systems realm. Key knowledge areas associated with the ABYC systems certification are:

  • Potable water systems
  • Marine sanitation systems
  • Tankage
  • Hull piping
  • Electrical installations
  • Compressed gas for cooking and heating
  • Air conditioning and refrigeration systems
  • Pump systems
  • Fuel systems (gas and diesel)
  • Steering and control systems
  • Accessory control systems
  • Fire protection systems
  • General knowledge and boatyard etiquette. (Addresses specific tool usage and precision measurement

ABYC Standards Certification

This is an excellent certification for insurance specialists, boat builder compliance specialists and marine surveyors, and anyone that is responsible to ensure that standards are being followed in build, retrofit or repair scenarios. Many service managers have gone through these programs.

Specific topic areas covered as a part of this program are:

  • Hull and piping
  • Electrical
  • Engines, exhaust systems and engine controls
  • Fire-fighting, fuel and ventilation
  • Miscellaneous hull and deck, thermal appliances
  • Miscellaneous standards

Marine Diesel Certification

ABYC’s diesel engine certification takes a generic approach to diesel engine theory of operation, troubleshooting and marine specific installation requirements. Certification candidates with formal marine engine manufacturer training will learn additional information only addressed by the ABYC in seven relevant standards. The standards are:

  • H-32 Ventilation of boats using diesel fuel
  • H-33 Diesel fuel systems
  • P-1 Installation of exhaust systems for propulsion and auxiliary engines
  • P-4 Marine inboard engines and transmissions
  • P-14 Mechanical propulsion control systems
  • P-24 Electric/electronic propulsion control systems

Gasoline Engine Certification

The gasoline engine certification takes a generic look at gasoline engine theory and troubleshooting and marine specific installation requirements not only as based on ABYC Standards, but in the case of gasoline USCG requirements as dictated by the CFR (Code of Federal Regulations). Due to the larger presence of carbon monoxide and fuel volatility with gasoline engines more standards as well Federal laws apply to gasoline engine installations. The ABYC programming will look at generic material already mentioned plus the following ABYC Standards:

  • A-14 Gasoline and propane gas detection systems
  • A- 24 Carbon monoxide detection systems
  • H-2 Ventilation of boats using gasoline
  • H-24 Gasoline fuel systems
  • P-1 Installation of exhaust systems used in propulsion and auxiliary engines
  • P-4 Marine engines and transmissions
  • P-6 Propeller shafting systems
  • P-14 Mechanical propulsion control systems
  • P-24 Electric/electronic propulsion control systems

Marine Composites Certification

This certification course is only available as a three day program currently and is designed for boat builders and manufacturers, although many of the techniques discussed are just as applicable to the repair sector of the composites industry as it applies to boats. The curriculum includes knowledge of composite construction techniques, production and advanced manufacturing processes, structural details and hardware installation, quality assurance and safety and environmental compliance.

A/C Refrigeration Certification

ABYC no longer offers programming specific to this area. That said, the certification exam is still available for those that have an interest. The ABYC study guide is available through our education department for self-study use only. Once a candidate feels ready for the exam, simply contact our education department and arrange for you online exam to be proctored and written in your area. 

Basic Marine Electrical and Corrosion Mitigation

This four-day program is perfect for the person that is new to marine electricity. It is not an ABYC certification program although 24 continuing education units (CEU’s) will be credited for the class. This program will present the basics of fundamental electrical theory as well as circuit types and designs. DVOM/Multimeter selection and use will be covered at length. Knowing what the meter readings you get actually imply and what service procedures might be needed to eliminate problems will also be covered as a part of this class. ABYC electrical standards that cover things like wiring, over-current protection, battery installation and wire termination will be covered at length. Shore power system basics will also be covered as well as the standards that apply to them.

The program will also discuss the basics of marine corrosion. The types of corrosion will be identified and how to measure for and mitigate corrosion related issues will be discussed. Upon successful completion of this program the individual will receive a certificate of completion.


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