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ABYC Certification

ABYC offers a nationally accredited certification program designed to improve the quality of boat maintenance and repair and the professionalism of technicians. ABYC's certification program provides standards-based, continuing technical education for marine technicians throughout the industry.

ABYC Certifications: ABYC Standards, Marine Systems, Marine Electrical, Marine Corrosion, Diesel Engines, Gasoline Engines, Marine Composites, A/C Refrigeration 

ABYC Master Technician status is earned after receiving 3 or more ABYC Technician Certifications. Show you are the best of the best with this achievement!                                                  

Obtaining an ABYC Certification:


Classes are taught by industry professionals/ABYC Certified Technicians and held around the world. ABYC Certifications are verified by the third party NOCTI Business Solutions, ensuring relevance and value, and are active for five (5) years.

2 Ways to Obtain a Certification:

1. Take a Certification course - View class calendar here

2. Self-study and test with a proctor - Learn more here

Once you achieve an ABYC Certification - show off your credentials to potential customers and industry colleagues! ABYC provides tools to spread the word and bring more business to your door! Read more HERE


In 2017 ABYC implemented new requirements for certifications and recertifications. To be eligible to recertify, the certified technician or advisor is required to pass a recertification exam and obtain 10 CEU’s. Click here to learn more.  

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Certification Designations:


ABYC 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. 

Advisor Certification

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. 

  • Requirements for initial certification: Passing score on certification exam 
  • Requirements for re-certification: Passing score on re-certification exam + 10 CEUs
  • Certifications are valid for 5 years

Technician Certification

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. 

  • Requirements for initial certification: Passing score on certification exam + 2 years of work experience.
  • Requirements for re-certification: Passing score on re-certification exam + 10 CEUs
  • Certifications are valid for 5 years
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Work Experience and Continuing Education:


Work Experience

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.

  • Proof of work experience may be submitted using the forms available HERE.
  • 1 Year of work experience is defined as 500 hours spent performing certification related hands-on tasks

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.

  • Graduates of an ABYC Marine League School will receive 1 year of Work Experience towards the Technician Certification requirement for their coursework.
  • Surveyors who are accredited through marine industry educational partners (such as SAMS (AMS) or NAMS (CMS)) and in good standing with their respective organizations have met the CEU requirement for an Advisor Certification. 

Implementation of New Requirements 

  • Official start date of the new requirements policy is January 1, 2017
  • New certifications are subject to the new requirements 
  • Re-certifying candidates are subject to the new requirements as follows:
    • Re-certifying in 2017: No Additional CEUs required. (Grandfathered)
      • This group will not be required to accumulate CEUs until 2022
    • Re-certifying in 2018: CEUs ARE required as described in Section 1
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