Raven Marine, in North Vancouver, BC, will host an American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) Electric Certification Course from June 11 to 14.
The course is designed for those with a minimum of three to five years of practical experience in the field of marine electrical design, service or installation. Students new to the marine electrical field are encouraged to consider ABYC's basic electrical programming options.
Certification candidates should be familiar with all of the ABYC electrical standards, although the applicable standards will be reviewed as a part of the course.
Course content is broken into 14 topic areas that will be presented over a three- and-a-half day period. The three-hour certification exam will be administered during the fourth day of the program from late morning into early afternoon. The exact time for the exam will depend upon varying class sizes and review time needed. The 14 topic areas that the candidates should have some prerequisite background in include:
• Electrical fundamentals
• AC Shore Power Systems
• Cable Installation and Termination
• AC Generators
• Maintaining and Installing Battery Systems
• AC Panel boards
• Battery Charging Systems
• DC Panel boards
• AC Components
• DC Components
• Safety Equipment
• Tips and Hints
Candidates may reference all study materials including the supplied study guide (which contains all pertinent ABYC standards integrated into the text), class notes and additional ABYC standards in either printed or computer-based form during the certification exam. The exam is timed at three hours and is comprised of approximately 200 multiple-choice questions.
Students with special needs must inform the ABYC in writing at the time of class registration to ensure accommodations can be made for the exam. Students must also supply their own #2 pencil if they are going to be taking the written version of the certification exam and may use a calculator.
Candidates caught texting or behaving unethically during the exam will be ejected by the test proctor. Those ejected due to unethical behaviour will not be entitled to any refunds.
Course registration fees are US $885 for ABYC members and US $1,170 for non-members. ABYC says it reserves the right to cancel classes based on enrollment or instructor availability no later than two weeks prior to the class scheduled start date.