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ABYC offers nine industry professional certifications, you can view each of their descriptions below.

Certifications are valid for a 5 year period at which point certified individuals will be notified that it is time to renew. Each of the certifications are worth 32 CEU's. 

Learning Formats Available

ABYC's customary education tracks include three day in classroom format with an online learning component and a test. If a candidate feels particularly strong in the content areas, candidates can completely self-study and take the exam online through a proctoring service. 

1. Attended a scheduled course - Click Here to view calendar

2. Self-study and proctored testing - Click Here to learn more

Certification Designation 

ABYC has created certification designations to better associate the type of work being done by the individual. Advisor Certification or Technician Certification titles will be assigned upon passing the certification exam.

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Below is the list of ABYC's Professional Certification. Please click to expand and read full descriptions.

Marine Electrical Certification

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Description

The ABYC Electrical Certification has become the most recognized and credible demonstration of skill mastery in the marine electrical service and installation field worldwide. Become an industry expert in electrical fundamentals, multi-meter usage, grounding and bonding systems, battery and inverter installation, AC/DC components & more!

This three day course format includes an online learning component designed to provide coursework prior to the class. This course is designed for the marine professional with at least 3 - 5 years’ experience working with marine electrical system design, installation or repair and will provide the student with a comprehensive and focused look at the key ABYC Standards. The successful certification candidate should have some familiarity with ABYC electrical standards listed below.

Click Here to take the Electrical Certification Pretest to help determine whether you are ready to successfully take the certification exam.

Topics and Standards Covered

  • Basic electrical theory and fundamentals
  • Multi-meter usage
  • Grounding and bonding systems
  • Cable installation and termination
  • Battery installation, maintenance, testing & charging systems
  • Inverter installation and troubleshooting
  • AC shore power systems
  • AC generators
  • AC panel boards
  • DC panel boards
  • AC components
  • DC components
  • Safety equipment

ABYC Standards

  • A-24,Carbon Monoxide Detection Systems on Boats
  • A-27,Alternating Current Generator Sets
  • A-28,Galvanic Isolators
  • A-31,Battery Chargers and Inverters
  • A-32,AC Power Conversion Equipment and Systems
  • E-2,Cathodic Protection Systems
  • E-10,Storage Batteries
  • E-11,AC and DC Electrical Systems on Boats
  • TE-4,Lightning Protection Systems

Code of Federal Regulations

    • 33 CFR 183

    Exam/Credit Details

    • The exam is comprised of 200 questions
    • The passing score: 83%
    • Timed Exam: 3 Hours
    • CEUs available: 32

    Marine Corrosion Certification

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    Description

    This certification 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.

    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.

    Topics & Standards Covered

    • 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

    ABYC Standards Covered

    • E-2, Cathodic Protection
    • E-11, AC and DC Electrical Systems on Boat

    Code of Federal Regulations

      • 33 CFR 183

      Exam/Credit Details

      • The exam is comprised of 183 questions
      • The passing score: 83%
      • Timed Exam: 3 Hours
      • CEUs available: 32

      Marine Systems Certification


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      Description

      This course is designed for the marine professional with at least 3 - 5 years’ experience working with marine systems design, installation or repair and will provide the student with a comprehensive and focused look at the key ABYC standards. The successful certification candidate should have some familiarity with ABYC standards.

      Click Here to take the Systems Certification Pretest to help determine whether you are ready to successfully take the certification exam.

      Topics & Standards Covered

      • 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 Covered

      • A-1, Marine Liquefied Petroleum (LPG) Systems
      • A-4, Fire Fighting Equipment
      • A-6, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Equipment
      • A-24, Carbon Monoxide Detection Systems
      • A-31, Battery Chargers and Inverters
      • A-32, Power Conversion
      • E-11, AC & DC Electrical Systems on Boats
      • H-22, Electric Bilge Pump Systems
      • H-23, Water Systems for Use on Boats
      • H-24, Gasoline Fuel Systems
      • H-25, Portable Gasoline Fuel Systems
      • H-27, Seacocks, Thru-Hull Fittings, and Drain Plugs
      • H-32, Ventilation of Boats Using Diesel Fuel
      • H-33, Diesel Fuel Systems
      • H-35, Powering and Load Capacity of Pontoon Boats
      • P-1, Installation of Exhaust Systems for Propulsion and Auxiliary Engines
      • P-14, Mechanical Propulsion Control Systems
      • P-24, Electric/Electronic Propulsion Control Systems
      • P-27, Electric/Electronic Steering Control Systems
      • T-1, Aluminum Applications
      • TH-22, Educational Information About Carbon Monoxide 

      Exam/Credit Details

      • The exam is comprised of 208 questions 
      • The passing score: 84%
      • Timed Exam: 3 Hours
      • CEUs available: 32 


      ABYC Standards Certification

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      Description

      This course will provide the student with a comprehensive and focused look at the key ABYC Standards. Class discussion will address specific compliance issues relevant to engineers, installers, compliance inspectors and marine surveyors. Common non-compliance areas will be discussed and how to address these issues in both the factory and field environments. Where it is relevant, US code of Federal Regulation (CFR) will be reviewed as they relate to ABYC standards.  

      Topics & Standards Covered

      • Fuel and Ventilation Systems
      • Hull and Deck Structures
      • Hull Performance
      • Hull Piping
      • Engine and Powertrain
      • Control Systems
      • Electrical
      • Electrical Components
      • Boat Service
      • Navigation Lights and Sound Signal Appliances
      • Thermal Appliances
      • Gas Detectors
      • Fire Fighting Equipment

      ABYC Standards Covered

      • All 71 ABYC Standards are addressed

      Code of Federal Regulations

        • 33 CFR 183

        Exam/Credit Details

        • The exam is comprised of 132 questions 
        • The passing score: 83%
        • Timed Exam: 3 Hours
        • CEUs available: 32 

         

        Marine Diesel Certification


        Description

        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.  

        Topics & Standards Covered

        • Basic Diesel Principles
        • Exhaust Systems
        • Seawater Cooling Systems
        • Close Cooling Systems
        • Engine Control Systems
        • Engine Electrical Systems
        • Drive Systems
        • Diesel Fuel Systems
        • Diesel Fuel-Injection Systems

        ABYC Standards Covered

        • 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

        Exam/Credit Details

        • The exam is comprised of 185 questions 
        • The passing score: 80%
        • Timed Exam: 3 Hours
        • CEUs available: 32 

         

         

        Gasoline Engine Certification

        Description

        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.

        Topics & Standards Covered

        • Principles of Engine Operation
        • Engine Ventilation Systems
        • Engine Exhaust Systems
        • Cooling Systems (Raw and Closed)
        • Engine Control Systems
        • Engine Electrical Systems
        • Drive Systems
        • Gasoline Fuel Systems
        • Diesel Fuel-Delivery Systems
        • Ignition Systems
        • Customer Relations and Safety

        ABYC Standards

        • A-4, Fire Fighting Equipment
        • E-11, AC & DC Electrical Systems on Boats
        • H-2, Ventilation of Boats Using Gasoline
        • H-24, Gasoline Fuel Systems
        • H-27, Seacocks, Thru-Hull Fittings, and Drain Plugs
        • P-1, Installation of Exhaust Systems for Propulsion and Auxiliary Engines
        • P-4, Marine Inboard Engines and Transmissions
        • P-6,Propeller Shafting Systems
        • P-14, Mechanical Propulsion Control Systems
        • P-24, Electric/Electronic Propulsion Control Systems

        Exam/Credit Details

        • The exam is comprised of 192 questions
        • The passing score: 83%
        • Timed Exam: 3 Hours
        • CEUs available: 32

        Marine Composites Certification

        Description

        This complete and all-encompassing composites course is designed for boat builders and manufacturers. The curriculum includes marine composite construction, production and advanced manufacturing processes, structural details and hardware installation, quality assurance, and safety and environmental compliance.

        Topics Covered

        • Materials
        • Construction Techniques
        • Structural
        • Flotation Foam
        • Repair

          Exam/Credit Details

          • The exam is comprised of 200 questions
          • The passing score: 80%
          • Timed Exam: 3 Hours
          • CEUs available: 32

          A/C Refrigeration Certification

          Description

          A/C Refrigeration certification covers installation and troubleshooting of both AC and DC electrical systems for refrigeration air management system, related plumbing systems and refrigeration systems. The course also covers troubleshooting and repair of system mechanical components, installation and troubleshooting of reverse-cycle air conditioning systems

          Topics & Standards Covered

          • Electrical (AC & DC)
          • Air Flow Plumbing
          • Refrigerant Systems
          • Refrigeration Systems
          • Mechanical Components
          • Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning Systems

          ABYC Standards

          • E-11, AC & DC Electrical Systems On Boats
          • A-6, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Equipment
          • H-22, Electric Bilge Pump Systems
          • H-27, Seacocks, Through Hull Fittings, and Drain Plugs

           Code of Federal Regulations

          • 40 CFR, Protection of the Environment (EPA)

            Exam/Credit Details

            • The exam is comprised of 176 questions
            • The passing score: 84%
            • Timed Exam: 3 Hours
            • CEUs available: 32

            Advanced Electrical Certification

            Description coming soon!

             


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