Garmin adds ABYC standard to repair work

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A new agreement between the American Boat and Yacht Council and Garmin International means ABYC’s electrical certification course will be recognized as a prerequisite for performing approved warranty and/or rebate work on the company’s marine electronic products.

The warranty information will be updated to inform customers that in order for the warranty to apply, one of the criteria a customer must meet is to have the marine equipment installed by an ABYC-certified electrical technician.

The ABYC electrical certification course topics include electrical theory, lead-acid batteries, using a multi-meter, battery testing, generator sets, inverters, grounding and bonding systems, troubleshooting and more. The class concludes with a 200-question certification exam.

Garmin is pleased to be working with the ABYC to offer this certification to customers,” said Gregory DeVries, Garmin director of marine sales and marketing, in a statement. “This certification gives customers confidence in knowing that the equipment will be installed properly, and more importantly, provide years of trouble-free service.”

A person can earn the ABYC electrical-certified credential by attending an ABYC class and taking the certification exam, by testing, or through electrical training offered by one of the Marine League schools, which uses ABYC curriculum and certifications in their programs.


4 comments on “Garmin adds ABYC standard to repair work

  1. Dennis McMann

    Certification is useful but not sufficient to insure qualify. It’s real purpose is to restrict entry to the market and therefore increase prices/margins/profits. As a 30+ year multiple boat owner I assert that the processes that do result in quality products are evidently unknown in the marine industry.

  2. Charlie Johnson

    I strongly disagree with the statement by Mr. McMann that certification’s “…real purpose is to restrict entry to the market and therefore increase prices/margins/profits.”

    A strong certification will ensure that the technician has been exposed to the lexicon of his chosen field; i.e., the certification process has at least taught the technician the “language” to gain additional knowledge through experience. When an experienced technician becomes certified, the certification process validates both his formal and experiential training.

    The certification process is the beginning of the journey, not the end as continuing education is stressed in all of the marine related certification programs that I am aware of.

    There are, of course, certified technicians that do not perform as well as they should. There are also “certified” doctors, engineers and mortgage bankers that do not perform as well as they should. In both examples, the marketplace will weed out the non-performers.

  3. Skip Burdon, President / ABYC

    While Mr. McMann is certainly entitled to his opinion, his comments regarding the purpose of workforce certifications are way off the mark and unsubstantiated.  Workforce certified technicians (ABYC, NMEA, manufacturer proprietary, etc.) do a remarkable job at providing the boat owner with the opportunity to maintain his/her craft to an acceptable level of safety according to a set of industry standards.  There is absolutely no evidence that has been presented to me that ABYC certified technicians charge more for their services then their non-certified counterparts.  If Mr. McMann has such statistical evidence, I would be anxious to review it.  I too am a 30+ year boater and given the opportunity, my preference is to have a certified technician work on my boat, it’s equipment and its systems over a non-certified technician.  Regarding ABYC’s relationship with Garmin; I commend Garmin for recognizing that certified technicians (ABYC and NMEA) have the knowledge base to poperly install elctronic equipment to the boat’s electrical system.  That has the potential to save lives.  My odds on the job being done correctly are with the certified techs!

  4. Whiteout

    I have used garmin equipment for many years and like the equipmenmt. I prefer to install equipment and maintain the boat myself. That is the only way to be sure that things are done correctly. I won’t be a customer in the future since Garmin won’t be offerring me a warranty on their equipment.
    John Zekas MD

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