In response to member surveys, the American Boat & Yacht Council has announced enhancements to its certification programs that will further increase the premier reputation of ABYC-certified technicians as well as maximize the customer experience:
- ABYC is introducing CEU program requirements, similar to other familiar industries including the automotive repair service industry. Obtained CEUs will demonstrate commitment to professional development and excellence, while keeping up with new technology.
- To become certified, a professional has to establish eligibility through education as well as work experience. ABYC will require two years of documented work experience in order to achieve the gold standard as an ABYC certified technician, as well as pass the certification exam.
- ABYC is creating certification categories to address the needs of various industry professionals who desire ABYC technician certifications but lack the practical skills needed by service and installation technicians.