News Release


July 24, 2017

Sandy Brown, American Boat and Yacht Council

ABYC Marine Systems Certification Course to be Offered Fall 2017

September 18-21, 2017

Get certified in marine systems in ABYC’s nationally-accredited program 

Port Hadlock, WA –The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is hosting a four-day certification program that will provide a comprehensive and focused look at the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) standards on September 18-21, with support from Washington Sea Grant. This nationally accredited course is designed to improve the quality of boat maintenance and repair and the professionalism of technicians through providing a standards-based technical education.

The program is designed for the marine professional who has some familiarity with ABYC standards and at least 3-5 years’ worth experience working with marine systems design, installation or repair. Topics covered include potable water systems, marine sanitation systems, tanking, hull piping, electrical installations and more. Certification is contingent upon score of at least 84 percent of the three-hour timed exam at the end of the course. Candidates may reference all study materials including the supplied study guide, class notes and additional ABYC standards during the certification exam.

Online registration for the course is available until September 4, 2017. Course materials will be handed out during the first day of class. Students with special needs should notify ABYC in writing at the time of registration so that special accommodations can be made.

When:  Monday, September 18 to Thursday September 21, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.

Where:  Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building

Port Hadlock Heritage Campus

42 N. Water Street

Port Hadlock, Washington  98339

Fee:      $985.00 ABYC Members, $1,250.00  Non-member. Fee includes study guide, exam, and daily lunch.

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The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding’s mission is to teach and preserve traditional and contemporary wooden boatbuilding skills while developing the individual as a craftsman. For over 35 years the school’s experienced instructors have provided hands-on training using time-tested techniques.  Find out more at or

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