The Association of Marine Technicians launched a new technician competency program at the organization's annual service training convention.
The program is designed to recognize Amtech members who have successfully completed training programs that are conducted by Amtech's education division, the Marine Career Training Institute of North America.
All technicians taking courses will earn credit toward the following specialist categories: outboard specialist; inboard I/O specialist; fiberglass specialist; and advanced systems specialist.
"This is the first program in the boating industry recognizing the competency of Amtech technicians in the area of marine propulsion and related systems who demonstrate their ability to troubleshoot a system failure, analyze the reason for the failure in order to address the root cause of the problem and repair the system," Amtech president Joe De Marco said in a statement.
"The goal of the new Amtech specialist program is to actively promote the technicians who have met the grade and proven their competencies," he added. "This recognition program is designed exclusively for Amtech members and is only available to active members in good standing."