ABYC forms partnership in Africa

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The American Boat and Yacht Council and the Cape Town Boatbuilding and Technology Initiative in South Africa, have partnered under a five-year agreement to have CTBi represent ABYC's education, training and technical work force certifications interests on the African continent.

CTBi will incorporate ABYC's post-secondary school curriculum into its marine technical educational post-secondary program primarily to better serve the South African recreational marine industry.

CTBi will provide a cadre of ABYC-certified instructors, as well as properly equipped training facilities; while ABYC will supply its standards, standards-based curriculum, lesson plans, study guides and texts.

Additionally, CTBi will represent ABYC in Africa and use ABYC materials in all technical work force seminars and conferences, as well as conduct ABYC certification classes and certification testing for the entire marine industry within South Africa, and throughout the African continent.

ABYC will continue to process and award all technical workforce certifications and recertifications from its headquarters in Annapolis, Md.

"Many South Africa boat and marine products manufacturers are members of ABYC and regularly use our standards. Prior to this agreement, ABYC instructors had to travel to South Africa to conduct training classes and certification testing, which proved to be very expensive for both ABYC and the students," said ABYC president Skip Burdon.

"So we are particularly delighted to have reached this agreement to have CTBi represent us and provide ABYC-approved technical work force education, training and certification testing close to our African membership," he added. "We are also looking for other interested marine industry non-profits to expand this model around the globe."

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