ABYC Introduces Entry-Level Certification

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The American Boat and Yacht Council announced an updated year-end exam for its new entry-level Marine Service Technician Certification.

The revised certification and exam complete ABYC’s Marine Service Technology Program, which is designed to help secondary and post-secondary schools implement standards-based marine service programs.

“As the industry continues to evolve, it is critical that future technicians are learning the skills they need to succeed in the field,” David Broadbent, director of education at ABYC, said in a statement. “We are excited to release the updated exam to help guide the next generation of marine technicians.”

Schools using ABYC’s Marine Service Technology package receive discounted textbooks and access to instructor guides with PowerPoint presentations, online demonstration videos, quiz samples and take-home workbooks.

“Our partnership with ABYC is key to the success of Palm Beach State College’s new Marine Service Technology program,” said Eligio Marquez Jr., the school’s transportation technology program director. “By integrating ABYC’s industry standards-based curriculum with our Florida state framework, we’ll be able to offer the best possible program to our students, the future marine technicians Palm Beach County greatly needs.”

Topics covered in the Marine Service Technician Certification include:

• Boat handling and general shop safety and practices

• Internal combustion engine theory

• Marine electrical systems, installation and troubleshooting

• Outboard engine and gasoline inboard engine maintenance and troubleshooting

• Basic diesel maintenance

• Marine plumbing systems

• Marine materials: wood, metal, composites

The exam is accredited by the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute, which will administer the exam, provide certificates and send a digital accomplishment badge to students.

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