NMEA Education Classes Offered In Vancouver in January

National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) will offer a number of education courses in Vancouver next January. These courses will be of interest to all individuals and businesses involved with installing and servicing marine electronics.

The National Marine Electronics Association has established an extensive education and certification program, and is a pioneer in providing standards for marine electronics technicians in the marine electronics industry with programs such as Marine Electronics Installer (BMEI), NMEA 2000 and Advanced MEI.

Courses will be delivered on January 12 to 14 at the Delta Town & Country Inn, in Delta, BC. All courses run full-day, from 8 am till 5 pm.

The Basic Marine Electronics Installer Course, offered on Wednesday January 12, is an introductory course in marine electronics installation that clarifies and defines competent installation practices. Topics include ground systems, electrical systems, equipment installation and data communications. An MEI certificate is an indication of a working knowledge of NMEA's Installation Standard. A Marine Electronics Installer has demonstrated this proficiency by passing an examination designed to measure understanding of those principles.

Course Materials Include the NMEA 0400 Installation Standards Version 3.0 and supplemental workbook. A minimum of one year's experience installing marine electronics systems is required. The cost for this program is $395 for NMEA members, and $595 for non-members. 

The NMEA 2000 Network course, offered on Thursday January 13, provides in-depth knowledge of NMEA 2000 beyond the information presented in either the Installation Standard or the MEI and Advanced MEI Training. Topics include essential elements of NMEA 2000, network planning, installation practices and implementation, and troubleshooting techniques. Participants should have sufficient working knowledge of NMEA 2000 so they can successfully troubleshoot problems when they arise and correctly identify/repair/replace the faulty device(s) or network cabling problems. This is not intended to teach programming nor as training for manufacturing developers. Course materials include the NMEA 2000 Dealer Education Primer and supplemental workbook. A minimum of three year's experience in the marine electronics field is required.

Courses conclude on Friday January 14 with an Advanced Marine Electronics Installer workshop, designed for the Marine Electronics Installer  who wishes to achieve competency in advanced topic areas and concepts. Topics include computers and networking, NMEA 2000 installation and troubleshooting, SSB installation, electromagnetic interference, testing and commissioning, antenna arrangement and installation, transducer and radar installation. Course materials include NMEA 0400 Installation Standards version 3.0 and a supplemental workbook. Participants must have held a Marine Electronics Installer (MEI) Certificate for a minimum of one year, and have a minimum of three years experience installing marine electronics systems.

The registration fee for each course is $395 for NMEA members, and $595 for non-members. Click here for more information and to access online registration.