Over the past year, 1,100 students have passed online courses to earn their professional-level marine technician certifications through the interactive online education course hosted by the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), the nonprofit organization that provides standards-based technical education for the marine industry. Additionally, 54 marine technicians have become ABYC Master Technicians, which is achieved by earning three or more certifications.
ABYC certification courses have historically been held in person, but a year ago, with new social distancing concerns, plans were fast-forwarded to provide online opportunities. The format of 90-minute live online sessions with an instructor allows marine technicians to juggle their schedule and attend without traveling. As a result, certification courses sold out quickly, with attendees from 12 countries and a higher pass rate.
ABYC certifications include marine electrical, advanced electrical, marine systems, marine corrosion, diesel engines, gasoline engines, marine composites, A/C refrigeration and ABYC standards.
Moving forward, ABYC intends to present both online and in person classes. To learn more about ABYC’s certification program and view upcoming classes visit www.abycinc.org.