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ABYC offers certification program on CD

The American Boat & Yacht Council now offers a self-study, CD-based Electrical Certification program in partnership with the Ken Cook Co., an ISO-certified provider of technical publications.

This new distance-learning course is intended to lower the overall cost for marine technicians to become ABYC-certified.

"This self-study course makes economic sense for service technicians, boatyards, manufacturers, dealerships and for anyone who is located in remote locations," ABYC president Skip Burdon said in a statement. "By learning and studying at their own pace at work or at home, the work force can now immediately apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills with hands-on experience as they prepare for the certification exam."

ABYC said the course was designed for the marine employee with at least three years' experience working with marine electricity. Students will receive the CD, instructions and a comprehensive, graphics-rich study guide.

It is recommended that a student dedicate about 60 hours to the course to successfully meet certification testing requirements. Proctored certification will be made available on a worldwide basis through coordination with assigned ABYC members.

"We are proud to have partnered with ABYC to make this product a reality," said Ken Cook, president and owner of the Ken Cook Co., in a statement. "This CD-based distance learning program offers flexibility in scheduling and, I believe, will allow users to review and retain material that can be immediately applied in the workplace as they continue their course of study."

ABYC is offering a three-month introductory purchase fee of $485 for the CD Electrical Certification Course. An additional $225 testing fee will be assessed at the final testing site.

To order, contact Cris Gardner at ABYC at (410) 990-4460. The course also will be available for purchase in the ABYC Ship's Store on its website, starting March 1.

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