Creating Lifelong Opportunities

The ABYC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on workforce development and providing the educational resources that create lifelong career opportunities, to both current and aspiring marine service technicians.

The Foundation benefits from the knowledge and reach of the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), which is the primary source for technical information throughout the marine industry. ABYC develops and maintains product safety standards that are used on 90% of US-built recreational boats. These standards are the basis for ABYC’s Technician Certification program, which prepares individuals to build and maintain boats to the highest levels of safety and reliability.

Marine Trades Accreditation Program (MTAP)

After almost 70 years in the boating safety business, we know our industry inside and out; we will help you where we can and refer you to experts in the field where we cannot.

The Marine Trades Accreditation Program (MTAP) is designed to help schools provide dependable instruction in marine service technology no matter where you are based. Accreditation is available to all high school and post-secondary school marine service technology programs that deliver consistent and reliable instruction on industry-acknowledged topics and techniques.

By participating in MTAP, a school is evaluated on several levels of curriculum, supplies and instruction. Once the evaluation criteria has been successfully met, a school can proudly call its Marine Service Technology Program “Accredited.”

ABYC Foundation’s Educator of the Year

The ABYC Foundation’s Educator of the Year Award honors an outstanding instructor who is shaping future marine service technicians. Candidates are individuals who teach marine service technology for recreational boats in high school, post-secondary school, or corporate setting.


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