A new agreement between the American Boat and Yacht Council and Garmin International means ABYC’s electrical certification course will be recognized as a prerequisite for performing approved warranty and/or rebate work on the company’s marine electronic products.
The warranty information will be updated to inform customers that in order for the warranty to apply, one of the criteria a customer must meet is to have the marine equipment installed by an ABYC-certified electrical technician.
The ABYC electrical certification course topics include electrical theory, lead-acid batteries, using a multi-meter, battery testing, generator sets, inverters, grounding and bonding systems, troubleshooting and more. The class concludes with a 200-question certification exam.
“Garmin is pleased to be working with the ABYC to offer this certification to customers,” said Gregory DeVries, Garmin director of marine sales and marketing, in a statement. “This certification gives customers confidence in knowing that the equipment will be installed properly, and more importantly, provide years of trouble-free service.”
A person can earn the ABYC electrical-certified credential by attending an ABYC class and taking the certification exam, by testing, or through electrical training offered by one of the Marine League schools, which uses ABYC curriculum and certifications in their programs.