The Yacht Brokers Association of America is offering four regional Yacht Brokerage University events this year.
Each full-day session will feature a variety of technology, marketing and sales presentations as well as discussion forums, networking and topics of local value to attending yacht brokers and industry leaders.
Events are scheduled for July 20 at the Doubletree Hotel in Annapolis, Md.; July 22 at the Marriott Hotel in Providence, R.I.; Sept. 8 at Lakewood Yacht Club in Kemah, Texas and a date to be announced in Toronto.
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The American Boat and Yacht Council is offering certification classes and testing opportunities this summer.
Gasoline engine and support system certification is set for July 13-16 in Philadelphia.
The four-day program concludes with a 200-question certification exam.
On July 22, a proctored testing program will be offered at all locations. This is an opportunity for first-time test takers, as well as certification retake applicants.
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BoatU.S. is teaming up with Mariners Learning System to offer BoatU.S. members a way to enhance their boating knowledge or start a career in the marine industry.
The new partnership offers a suite of six Coast Guard-approved online captains licensing courses, from "six pack" to master 25-, 50-, and 100-ton licenses.
Upon completion of a course, taking a proctored exam, and meeting other requirements such as documenting sea time and passing a physical examination, BoatU.S. members submit, within one year, the application package to the nearest Coast Guard Regional Exam Center to receive their license.
To date, the system has trained more than 15,000 students with a 98.7 percent exam pass rate.