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CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES

 

•   ADVANCE YOUR CAREER

•   TRAIN YOUR EMPLOYEES

•   LEARN THE FUNDAMENTALS

•   LEARN THE DETAILS

•   STUDY FROM HOME

•   EARN CEUs FOR PROFESSIONAL

LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

 

Taking Westlawn Continuing Education Courses

Take our concise distance-learning, continuing-education courses to improve your knowledge of boatbuilding and design, and enhance your marine industry career. Earn continuing education units (CEUs) for professional license requirements and professional development. These courses are ideal to train your employees and improve their skills. Students learn about hydrostatics, stability, resistance, speed and powering, fiberglass/composite boat construction, production boatbuilding methods, ergonomics and interior design, hull lines, corrosion, and other pertinent elements for technical boat and yacht design. All Westlawn courses are taken from home. They may be started at any time during the year, and are completed working part-time a few hours a week. Students do not loose time from work and have no travel expenses.

 

Westlawn programs are designed to support careers in the marine industry—to make employees more productive and allow them to advance to greater responsibility. As one of the acknowledged educational leaders for marine industry education, we encourage you to review the course information on this website thoroughly, and start planning your training and professional development path now!

 

AWARDS:

Westlawn certificates of completion and/or Westlawn continuing-education units (CEUs) are granted on completion of each course. CEUs and certificates are recorded in the student’s permanent academic record at Westlawn.

 

Westlawn Distance-Learning CE Course Offerings – 2014-2015

NOTE: All Westlawn courses may be started at any time during the year.

 

THE DISTANCE-LEARNING ADVANTAGE

Distance learning is the cost-effective way to advance your career or train your employees:

-  no travel, little time lost from work

-  no on-site or off-site set up and no facility rental

-  no visiting instructors

-  modest tuition costs

-  start when you want

-  study at your own pace

Westlawn has been teaching via distance-learning for more than 80 years.

 

Click Here to Download CE Course Enrollment Forms

 

Click Here For Westlawn Tuition Discounts For ABYC Members & For

Multiple-Student Enrollments

 

Elements of Technical Boat Design, “Elements” – Introduction to Boat Design

(Formerly called Yacht Design Lite)

A comprehensive introduction to the fundamental concepts in yacht and boat design for marine professionals (click here for a detailed syllabus). Note: Graduates of Elements may continue on to complete the full Westlawn Yacht Design Program. – Course Number: ETD

Click Here For Detailed Information On Elements of Technical Boat Design

 

“Last Friday we did the stability test of our recently launched 43-meter motoryacht (I am working in the study office in JFA Shipyard, France). I am glad that for the first time I was directly involved in the process and could understand all of it easily. Before that I had just a rough idea of what was going on . . . and this is just one of the numerous examples of the applications of ETD [Elements of Technical Boat Design] in my work since I started so I am really glad to follow it!”

 

Guillaume Bihet-LeRouzic

JFA Shipyard

Concarneau, France

www.jfa-yachts.com

 

METAL CORROSION IN BOATS

A comprehensive review of the causes of metal corrosion in boats and appropriate preventative and corrective measures.

Course number: TT 500

Click Here For Detailed Information On Metal Corrosion In Boats

 

“I could have saved the Gov. money if I'd only had [Westlawn course] TT 500  [Metal Corrosion in Boats] years ago!”

 

Roger Mays

Small Boat Manager/Captain

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

www.noaa.gov

 

ADVANCED FUEL SYSTEMS FOR BOATS

A detailed examination of the requirements for safe, reliable, and cost-effective fuel systems for boats. This comprehensive distance-learning course provides instruction in safe, reliable, and practical fuel systems for both diesel- and gasoline-engine boats.

Course number: TT 501

Click Here For Detailed Information On Advanced Fuel Systems For Boats

 

FIBERGLASS BOATBUILDING: MATERIALS & METHODS

A thorough introduction to the fundamental concepts of sound fiberglass boat construction practices and basic structural calculations.

Course number: BC 401

Click Here For Detailed Information On Fiberglass Boatbuilding: Materials And Methods

 

“Thank you, I really enjoyed the course [BC 401 Fiberglass Boat Design & Construction]. From a boat building perspective, and being in the industry for 30+ years, I thought that the curriculum was well written and covered some very important topics. Thanks again for everything.”

 

Charlie Reeves

Director, Lamination Quality & Processes

Brunswick Recreational Boat Group

Knoxville, TN

www.brunswick.com

 

FIBERGLASS BOATBUILDING PRODUCTION METHODS

Detailed discussion of the concepts important for cost-effective and reliable methods of building fiberglass boats for mass production. The methods employed in series production differ greatly from those used in custom or one-off building. This course examines assembly line techniques used by boat manufacturers to design and build a series of boats quickly and efficiently.

Course number: BC 402

Click Here For Detailed Information On Fiberglass Boatbuilding Production Methods

 

INTERIOR DESIGN METHODS FOR YACHT DESIGN AND THE BOATBUILDING INDUSTRY

Crew safety and comfort are critical factors in effective boat design. This unique course covers the considerations required for attractive, ergonomically sound, and practical passenger and crew accommodations. Ideal for both interior designers and naval architects and marine engineers who need to gain increased understanding of accommodation design. Strong CAD or manual-drafting skills are required.

Course number: ID 201C

Click Here For Detailed Information On Interior Design Methods For Yacht Design And The Boatbuilding Industry