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ABYC’s New Entry-Level Certification

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On June 21, 2021, The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) announced an updated year-end exam for their new entry-level Marine Service Technician Certification. According to the press release, the updated certification “completes ABYC’s Marine Service Technology package, designed to help secondary and post-secondary schools easily implement standards-based marine service programs, and further enhance student abilities to grow their careers in the marine industry.”

Earlier this spring, CNBC reported that boat sales soared during the pandemic and dealers can’t keep up, and there aren’t any signs of the trends slowing down. While the supply and demand issue needs to be resolved, it is good news for the boating industry and the yacht repair and yacht services industry. This is why now more than ever, it’s critical to train more technicians. 

“As the industry continues to evolve, it is critical that future technicians are learning the skills they need to succeed in the field,” said David Broadbent, Director of Education at ABYC, in the press release. “To that end, we are excited to release the updated exam to help guide the next generation of marine technicians.”

Continuous learning is a part of core values. When we empower our technicians with knowledge about the latest technology, we can provide our customers with the highest standard of service. 

As provided in the release, Topics covered in the entry-level Marine Service Technician Certification include:

  • Boat handling and general shop safety and practices
  • Internal combustion engine theory
  • Marine electrical systems, installation, and troubleshooting
  • Outboard engine and gasoline inboard engine maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Basic diesel maintenance
  • Marine plumbing systems
  • Marine materials: wood, metal, composites

The new entry-level exam is also accredited by the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI).