Yanmar America Corp.'s marine engine division signed a cooperative training agreement with the American Boat and Yacht Council.
Yanmar will now require its top dealer's staff to include ABYC-certified technicians. In return, ABYC will offer class discounts to these dealers through Yanmar's educational department. Yanmar and ABYC will also offer the training discounts to all Yanmar dealers, regardless of volume or size.
"Yanmar understands that continuing education is an important part of the success of a diesel technician, ABYC president Skip Burdon said in a statement. "This agreement will increase the educational opportunities available to Yanmar dealer technicians and will lower the overall cost for these technicians to take advantage of ABYC training."
Yanmar training director Larry Laiskonis said ABYC's industry certifications are the best way to determine if a technician has the skills and knowledge to perform "top notch" service.
"ABYC training and certification programs complement Yanmar's own training regimen perfectly," he said in a statement.