MIAMI — The National Marine Electronics Association and the American Boat and Yacht Council are partnering for a joint training venture.
Four-day sessions will focus for two days on ABYC marine electrical standards and two days on NMEA marine electronics standards and training.
The training will take place three times in separate locations. A May 23-26 session will be held in Fort Lauderdale at the International Crew Training facility. Ward’s Marine Electric is the sponsor.
A fall session will take place in the Seattle area and there will be a fall/winter event in Newport. R.I.
The training is designed to be a one-stop shop for boatbuilders, installers, technicians, marine mechanics and surveyors to get trained on ABYC and NMEA standards in the industry, said Mark Reedenauer, speaking during the Boating Writers International breakfast at the Miami International Boat Show on Friday.
“This is the first time a marine professional could attend four days of training and leave with three certifications,” Reedenauer said.
Day one will be ABYC marine electrical certification training, day two will cover ABYC marine electrical review and testing, day three will cover NMEA marine electronics installer training and testing, and day four will be 2000 network installer training and testing.
“I’m thrilled that ABYC and NMEA have been able to create this opportunity for marine industry electrical and electronic technicians,” ABYC education vice president Ed Sherman said in a statement.
“As the convergence of onboard electrical and electronic systems continues to become more prevalent on new boats or as part of major retrofits, the need for highly qualified installation specialists is more important than ever.”
“This new program will go a long way toward ensuring that the technicians working on your boat will have proven expertise with both the electrical power side and electronic side of these complex systems,” he added.
ABYC or NMEA member pricing is $1,195 for the four days. (Membership is only required in one of the organizations for that price.) Non-member pricing is $1,695.