ABYC lowers recertification costs

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The American Boat and Yacht Council announced a new pricing structure that will create savings for technicians working toward multiple certifications in the same calendar year.

ABYC also will no longer charge students for study guides for recertifications.

“After a routine survey asking our certified technicians what we could do to improve our services for them, one thing was clear. Our pricing was a bit too high and needed to change,” Ed Sherman, vice president and education director of ABYC, said in a statement. “This new pricing structure is in direct response to our constituent base requests.”

The new pricing structure, including the free study guides, has the following outcome for technicians: one certification, $75 savings; two certifications, $180 savings; three certifications, $325 savings.

The new cost for three or more recertifications is $179 for each certification, compared with the traditional $249 price point.

“The importance of keeping current and recertification in today's changing world can't be understated,” Sherman said. “Our standards evolve, and with that comes changes in the knowledge base for our eight certification areas, making recertification every five years an important step in ensuring that repairs and new boats remain built and serviced using the most up to date standards in the industry."

ABYC offers eight marine certifications, classes for which are held around the country.

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