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JOINT CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES

 

Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology and ABYC Offer Joint Courses

 

ADVANCE YOUR CAREER – TRAIN YOUR EMPLOYEES

 

 

 

Taking Westlawn and ABYC Courses

Take our concise distance-learning continuing education courses to improve your knowledge of boatbuilding and design, and enhance your marine industry career. Learn about hydrostatics, stability, fiberglass boat construction, ergonomics and interior design, hull lines, corrosion, and other pertinent elements for technical boat and yacht design. These Westlawn distance-learning courses can be an adjunct to ABYC in-class courses, or they can be taken individually to understand all aspects of boatbuilding, from design through maintenance.

 

Courses that complement each other have a notation after the course description. This way, you can determine if you’d like to take advantage of the supporting coursework to round out and expand your knowledge base. Both ABYC and Westlawn programs are designed to support careers in the marine industry. As 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:

ABYC/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 both Westlawn and ABYC Education.

 

 

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.

 

“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 – 2011

JFA Shipyard

Concarneau, France

www.jfa-yachts.com

 

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Click Here For Westlawn Tuition Discounts For ABYC Members & For

Multiple-Student Enrollments

 

WESTLAWN COURSES:

 

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

 

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

 

Roger Mays – 2011

Small Boat Manager/Captain

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

www.noaa.gov

 

METAL CORROSION IN BOATS

A comprehensive review of the causes of metal corrosion in boats and appropriate preventative and corrective measures. This course is an ideal introduction to ABYC’s Corrosion Certification course.

Course number: TT 500

Click Here For Detailed Information On Metal Corrosion In Boats

 

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. ABYC’s Diesel Engine & Support Systems Certification and ABYC’s Gasoline Engine Support System Certification course are good prerequisites for Advanced Fuel Systems for Boats.

Course number: TT 501

Click Here For Detailed Information On Advanced Fuel Systems For Boats

 

“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 - 2011

Director, Lamination Quality & Processes

Brunswick Recreational Boat Group

Knoxville, TN

www.brunswick.com

 

FIBERGLASS BOATBUILDING: MATERIALS & METHODS

A thorough introduction to the fundamental concepts of sound fiberglass boat construction practices and basic structural calculations. ABYC’s Fiberglass Boatbuilding Materials & Methods course is a recommended companion course.

Course number: BC 401

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

 

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. ABYC’s Fiberglass Boatbuilding Materials & Methods course is a recommended companion course.

 

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

 

 

 

 

ABYC Technician Training & Certification

Course Offerings – 2014-2015

 

Follow Links to ABYC Website for Pricing and Class Schedules

 

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ELECTRICAL

EL200 - Basic Marine Electrical

This three day basic marine electrical course is designed for the marine professional who is an electrical novice with minimal or no electrical experience.  Topics include basic theory, alternators, battery charger, and bonding.  AC & DC standards are covered in detail as well as troubleshooting practices.  The text for the course is The Powerboater’s Guide to Electrical Systems 2nd edition, written by our Director of Educational Programming, Ed Sherman.  This book is included in the cost of the course and will be shipped to the meeting location.

 

ELC400 - Electrical Certification Course

This 4-day course is designed for the marine professional with at least 3 - 5 years experience working with marine electrical system design, installation or repair. The successful certification candidate should have some familiarity with ABYC electrical standards. Course topics include electrical theory, lead-acid batteries, using a multi-meter, battery testing, generator sets, inverters, grounding and bonding systems, troubleshooting and more.  At the time of registration, each student will be shipped the latest edition of the ABYC Study Guide which should be studied prior to class. Your ABYC study guide contains excerpts from all the pertinent ABYC Standards for this class. This class concludes with a 200 question certification exam.

 

The ABYC standards, ABYC study guide, and your class notes may be referred to during this exam. The current ABYC Standards are available to members on-Line via (WebStir), CD, or as a book. The use of laptop computers, calculators or mobile phones (with a calculator app) will be allowed during the exam, however anyone caught texting or engaging in any sort of photography during the exam will be immediately ejected from the class. Candidates removed from class for any ethical violation will not be refunded tuition or test fees.

 

All candidates need to supply their own #2 lead pencil for filling out the exam answer sheet.

 

Standards specific to this certification, and that the certification candidate may want to review or have access to during the exam include:A-27, A-28, A-31, E-2, E-11, E-10, TE-4, TA-27 and TE-30.

 

EL400- Electrical Certification Course, DVD Version

This self-paced, self-study course is designed for the marine professional with at least 3 - 5 years experience working with marine electrical system design, installation or repair. The successful certification candidate should have some familiarity with ABYC electrical standards. Course topics include electrical theory, lead-acid batteries, using a multi-meter, battery testing, generator sets, inverters, grounding and bonding systems, troubleshooting and more.  At the time of registration, each student will be shipped the latest edition of the ABYC Study Guide which should be studied prior to class. Your ABYC study guide contains excerpts from all the pertinent ABYC Standards for this class. This style of learning eliminates the expense of travel and of being away from the job. It does require discipline and study.

 

When a student is prepared for certification, a test proctor will be designated in the test takers immediate geographical area.

 

The ABYC standards, ABYC study guide, and your class notes may be referred to during this exam. The current ABYC Standards are available to members on-Line via (WebStir), CD, or as a book. The use of laptop computers, calculators or mobile phones (with a calculator app) will be allowed during the exam, however anyone caught texting or engaging in any sort of photography during the exam will be immediately ejected from the class. Candidates removed from class for any ethical violation will not be refunded tuition or test fees.

 

Standards specific to this certification, and that the certification candidate may want to review or have access to during the exam include:A-27, A-28, A-31, E-2, E-11, E-10, TE-4, TA-27 and TE-30.

 

CORROSION

MCC400 - Marine Corrosion Certification

Our four-day Corrosion Certification course covers all aspects of marine corrosion. The course starts off with general corrosion theory and goes on to include: identifying types of corrosion, properties of marine building materials, corrosion control methods & applications, sacrificial cathode protection systems and impressed current systems, protective coatings and methodology and performing a corrosion survey. The price of the course includes the ABYC Marine Corrosion Study Guide and that will be shipped to you when you register. The price of the class also includes “The Boatowner’s Guide to Corrosion” by Everett Collier. That textbook will be shipped to the meeting place and will be available to you in class. This class concludes with a 200 question certification exam.

 

Please be sure to bring your copy of the ABYC Corrosion Certification Study Guide with you or call our office to make sure you have a copy prior to class.

 

Unlike the Electrical Certification study guide, the relevant ABYC Standards are not specifically called out within the study guide. Therefore, like the Electrical Certification, you may use a laptop computer, mobile phone, calculator or printed ABYC Standards manual if you have one available. Otherwise, please inform the contact person at ABYC headquarters that you need the ABYC Corrosion Certification standards supplement manual. This abbreviated hard copy of the current ABYC Standards relevant to this certification will be sent to you at the time of registration. You are totally responsible for making sure you bring this with you to class. Your instructor WILL NOT have extra copies available. As with all of our certification programs, you must bring a #2 lead pencil to class for use during the exam. Anyone caught texting or engaging in any sort of photography during the exam will be immediately ejected from the class. Candidates removed from class for any ethical violation will not be refunded tuition or test fees.

 

Relevant ABYC Standards associated with the corrosion certification include:  A-28, A-31, E-2, E-10, E-11, T-1, TA-27 and TE-30 (Note: ABYC recommends achieving ABYC Electrical Certification prior to attending this program.) 

 

Recommended Westlawn Course:

Westlawn’s TT500, Metal Corrosion in Boats, is a good prerequisite course for the ABYC Marine Corrosion Certification.

 

ENGINES

DE400 - Diesel Engine & Support Systems Certification

This four-day program is designed for the experienced marine diesel engine technician and is intended to supplement factory sponsored engine specific courses and certifications with an industry recognized generic certification of knowledge for troubleshooting and engine and drive installations. This course will cover diesel engines cooling systems, electrical systems, fuel systems, ventilation systems, exhaust systems, control systems, fuel injection, and drive systems. Additionally, extensive coverage of applicable ABYC Standards that apply to diesel engine installations will be provided. At the time of registration, each student is sent a course study guide that should be previewed. The class concludes with a 200 question ABYC certification exam.

 

The ABYC standards, ABYC study guide, and your class notes may be referred to during this exam. The current ABYC Standards are available to members on-Line via (WebStir), CD, or as a book. The use of laptop computers, calculators or mobile phones (with a calculator app) will be allowed during the exam, however anyone caught texting or engaging in any sort of photography during the exam will be immediately ejected from the class. Candidates removed from class for any ethical violation will not be refunded tuition or test fees.

 

All candidates need to supply their own #2 lead pencil for filling out the exam answer sheet.

 

Standards specific to this certification, and that the certification candidate may want to review or have access to during the exam include:  A-24, A-33, E-2, E-10, E-11, H-26, H-32, H-33, P-1, P-4, P-14 and P-24,

 

Recommended Westlawn Course:

For advanced engine knowledge training, we recommend Westlawn’s TT501, Advanced Fuel Systems for Boats as a follow-up to ABYC’s Diesel & Support Systems Certification Course.

 

GE400 - Gasoline Engine & Support Systems Certification Course

This 4-day program is designed for the experienced marine gasoline technician. It is intended to supplement factory sponsored engine specific courses and certifications with an industry recognized generic certification of knowledge for troubleshooting and engine and drive installations.  The course will cover the following as it pertains to gasoline engines, both inboard and outboard:  cooling systems, electrical systems, fuel systems, ventilation systems, exhaust systems, control systems, ignition systems and drive systems. Additionally, extensive coverage of both ABYC Standards and USCG requirements as they apply to gasoline fueled engines of all types will be provided. At registration, each student is sent a course study guide, which should be reviewed prior to class.  The class concludes with a 200 question certification exam.

 

The ABYC standards, ABYC study guide, and your class notes may be referred to during this exam. The current ABYC Standards are available to members on-Line via (WebStir), CD, or as a book. The use of laptop computers, calculators or mobile phones (with a calculator app) will be allowed during the exam, however anyone caught texting or engaging in any sort of photography during the exam will be immediately ejected from the class. Candidates removed from class for any ethical violation will not be refunded tuition or test fees.

 

All candidates need to supply their own #2 lead pencil for filling out the exam answer sheet.

 

Standards specific to this certification, and that the certification candidate may want to review or have access to during the exam include: A-24, A-33, E-2, E-10, E-11, H-2, H-24, H-25, H-26, P-1, P-4, P-14, P-24, S-12 and S-30.

 

Recommended Westlawn Course:

For advanced engine knowledge training, we recommend Westlawn’s TT501, Advanced Fuel Systems for Boats as a follow-up to ABYC’s Gasoline Engines & Support Systems Certification Course.

 

FIBERGLASS/COMPOSITES

CB400 – Composite Boat Builder Certification

This complete and all encompassing composites course is designed for boat builders and manufacturers. The curriculum includes marine composite construction, production and advanced manufacturing processes, structural details and hardware installation, quality assurance, and safety and environmental compliance. The course is followed by a 200 question certification exam.

 

The ABYC standards, ABYC study guide, and your class notes may be referred to during this exam. The current ABYC Standards are available to members on-Line via (WebStir), CD, or as a book. The use of laptop computers, calculators or mobile phones (with a calculator app) will be allowed during the exam, however anyone caught texting or engaging in any sort of photography during the exam will be immediately ejected from the class. Candidates removed from class for any ethical violation will not be refunded tuition or test fees.

 

All candidates need to supply their own #2 lead pencil for filling out the exam answer sheet.

 

Westlawn Companion Course:

ABYC’s CBBC focuses primarily on hands-on assembly and construction. Westlawn’s BC401, Fiberglass Boatbuilding covers good design and building practice and structural calculations. You can start with either course, as they both complement each other nicely.

 

Recommended Westlawn Course:

An alternative recommendation for the factory engineer or manager, or shop-floor employees, who are looking to move up, would be to take Westlawn’s BC402, Fiberglass  Boatbuilding Production Methods.

 

LA200 - Laminator Course

In this course, students will be introduced to the theory and practical application of composites, materials, open molding procedures, finishing, and personal safety. The 2 day class is specifically designed to give a rudimentary understanding of the guidelines boat builders need to follow when building a composite boat. The material is taught on the first day in two 4 hour blocks. The second day begins with a one-hour review and is followed by a two- hour, 100-question exam. After successful completion of the course, including the exam, attendees will earn the designation of ABYC Laminator and qualify for the ABYC Composite Boat Builder Certification course.

 

The ABYC standards manual, ABYC study guide, and your class notes may be referred to during this exam. The current ABYC Standards are available to members on-Line via (WebStir). The use of laptop computers, calculators or mobile phones (with calculator app) will be allowed during the exam, however anyone caught texting during the exam will be immediately ejected from the class. All candidates need to supply their own #2 lead pencil for filling out the exam answer sheet. Candidates removed from class due to text messaging while taking the exam will not be refunded tuition or test fees.

 

SYSTEMS

MS400 - Marine Systems Certification

This 4-day systems course will draw key information from 21 different ABYC Standards as they apply to boat component selection and installation. Best industry practices will be a part of the body of knowledge that a certified technician will be expected to be proficient in regards to Potable Water Systems, Waste Water Systems, Tanks, Plumbing, Electrical Installation, System Monitoring, Compressed Gas Systems for cooking and heating, Hydraulic Systems, AC and Refrigeration Systems, and Pump Systems. Each student is shipped a study guide upon registration. The class concludes with a 200 question certification exam.

 

The ABYC standards, ABYC study guide, and your class notes may be referred to during this exam. The current ABYC Standards are available to members on-Line via (WebStir), CD, or as a book. The use of laptop computers, calculators or mobile phones (with a calculator app) will be allowed during the exam, however anyone caught texting or engaging in any sort of photography during the exam will be immediately ejected from the class. Candidates removed from class for any ethical violation will not be refunded tuition or test fees.

 

All candidates need to supply their own #2 lead pencil for filling out the exam answer sheet.

 

Standards specific to this certification, and that the certification candidate may want to review or have access to during the exam include: A-1, A-4, A-6, A-24, E-10, E-11, H-22, H-23, H-24, H-25, H-27, H-32, H-33, P-1, P-14, P-17, P-18, P-21-24, T-1, TH-22

 

ABYC STANDARDS

SC400 Standards Certification Course

This three day course will provide the student with a comprehensive and focused look at the key ABYC standards. Class discussion will address specific compliance issues relevant to engineers, installers, compliance inspectors and marine surveyors.  Common non-compliance areas will be discussed and how to address these issues in both the factory and field environments. Where it is relevant, US code of Federal Regulation (CFR) will be reviewed as they relate to ABYC standards.  The course is followed by a 100 question exam for standards certification.

 

The ABYC standards, ABYC study guide, and your class notes may be referred to during this exam. The current ABYC Standards are available to members on-Line via (WebStir), CD, or as a book. The use of laptop computers, calculators or mobile phones (with a calculator app) will be allowed during the exam, however anyone caught texting or engaging in any sort of photography during the exam will be immediately ejected from the class. Candidates removed from class for any ethical violation will not be refunded tuition or test fees.

 

All candidates need to supply their own #2 lead pencil for filling out the exam answer sheet.

 

Standards specific to this certification, and that the certification candidate may want to review or have access to during the exam include: Any and all ABYC Standards may be included as part of this certification exam so a very broad-based knowledge of ABYC standards is considered pre-requisite to this certification.

 

OTHER SEMINAR AND COURSE OFFERINGS:

The ABYC Education department is currently developing a new certification program funded by a grant from the USCG. The certification, Marine Accident Investigation will be completed and available in the fall of 2011. Please check our website regularly to see when and where this program will be offered.

 

Custom Programming- The ABYC has a long history of developing customized programming that meet the specific needs of boat builders, equipment vendors/manufacturers, the USCG, NOAA, and the US NAVY. If you or your company has the need for specialized technical training program, please contact the ABYC education department to find out how we may be able to help.

 

PROCTORED TESTING PROGRAM (PTP)

Local ABYC Certification Testing

Certification Testing is available for technicians that would like to self study and take the ABYC Certification exam at a local test site. These exams are given on fixed testing dates that can be found on the ABYC education calendar which is located on our website. If you are an experienced marine technician and are familiar with the ABYC Standards, you may opt to review the appropriate study guide and take the exam directly. When ready to test simply call Cris Gardner at ABYC (410-990-4460, Ext 104) to set up an appointment with a local ABYC test proctor on one of the scheduled testing dates. The ABYC standards manual, ABYC study guide, and your class notes may be referred to during this exam. The current ABYC standards are available to members as on-Line (WebStir), the book, or CD; however no laptops or mobile phones will be allowed to be used during the exam. The standards manual (book) or another ABYC Standards publication is a helpful tool with the class. Check with your employer or contact our office if you require a copy of these publications.

 

WEBINARS

Pre-recorded ABYC Technical Webinars

Thank you for considering this pre-recorded technical webinar. This is an excellent and affordable training device for you and the technicians in your company. This webinar was recorded from an on-line presentation given in the past few months. If you choose this webinar as part of your company’s worker training, you will receive a link that will be good for at least 30 days. This link may be accessed many times from any location. The webinar will be a high quality audio and video presentation of a marine technical topic. The video will typically be a “PowerPoint” presentation augmented with photographs, charts, ABYC Standards, or diagrams. This may be viewed by one person or by several people and may be replayed many times. These webinars are typically 60 to 90 minutes in length and is given by an industry expert in the field. Questions from ABYC members may be forwarded to Mike New or Chris Gardner and we will forward them to the presenter or to Ed Sherman for resolution. Give these webinars a try as part of your on-going company training program.    

 

ABYC Technical Webinars

ABYC offers live Webinars on a wide selection of marine technology subjects, ranging from basic electrical systems, to marine corrosion, to special considerations in systems details. Contact ABYC education to get on the webinar mailing list: cgardner@abycinc.org