About a year ago, the American Boat and Yacht Council held its first interactive online education course, necessitated by the pandemic. Since then, 1,100 students from 12 countries have earned professional-level ABYC certifications online, and 54 marine technicians have become ABYC master technicians.
“The marine industry has embraced online learning, with attendance exceeding all expectations for interactive certification courses, webinars and virtual seminars,” Casey Bates, ABYC certification manager, said in a statement. “We congratulate all the new ABYC-certified technicians and advisors who committed to their continuing education over this past year.”
Traditionally, ABYC certification courses were held in person, but online engagement became imperative with the spread of Covid-19. Once offered, the 90-minute online sessions with an instructor sold out quickly.
“I enjoyed the online certification course, and although it would have been nice to be in person, this really is the best option given the current situation in the world,” said Mark Goodwin, service manager at Spar Yard Marine Solutions in Bermuda, who recently earned his ABYC marine electrical certification.
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