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Essential Continuing Education

For Marine Surveyors, Boatbuilders, Managers and Small-Craft Designers

ABYC Courses and Schedule for 2015

The ABYC education department has been providing industry certifications, training, high

school and college curriculum, and industry seminars for over twenty years. They are provid-

ing the marine industry with the skilled workers required to build and maintain modern

small craft of all types.

ABYC is currently scheduling on-site and factory training for 2015. Please call ABYC for cus-

tom tailored, flat rate, instruction by top industry trainers at your facility (410-990-4460, Ext.


The Marine Technician Certification Program developed by ABYC with “NOCTI Certification”*

has proven to be the industry standard. ABYC continues to provide the highest quality ma-

rine education and training throughout the country and throughout the year.

For course dates and descriptions

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NOCTI (National Occupational Competency Testing Institute) is a regular provider of the assess-

ments on which many certifying bodies depend for measures of applicants' standards-based

knowledge and skills. Certificates benefit employers by showing that applicants have acquired

specific skills. The status of having a certified staff can lead to higher sales and customer


Elements of Technical Boat Design


Course No: ETD)

Elements is a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental concepts in yacht and boat

design for marine professionals. Students will gain a firm understanding of resistance,

hydrostatics and stability as well as fiberglass design. Topics include: Hydrostatics, Stability

and Trim, Principles of Resistance, Drawing of Hull Lines, Ergonomics and Interior Design,

Fiberglass Boat Design and Construction. Note: Graduates of Elements may transfer to con-

tinue on and complete the full professional Westlawn Yacht & Boat Design Program, receiv-

ing credit for all the subjects covered in the Elements course.

“Since I have added Elements to my resume I have had several job offers from different

companies and even a promotion with the company I am employed with now. If any one

is wondering if it would be beneficial to complete the program, I would say YES.”

Charles Bursk

Tiara Yachts


for a detailed syllabus


for more details and enrollment information on this and other Westlawn

essential continuing education courses

Fiberglass Boatbuilding Materials & Methods

(Course No. BC 401)

This comprehensive distance-learning course provides instruction in the fundamental con-

cepts of sound fiberglass boat construction practices and structural calculations.

This course focuses on current information on fiberglass/composite and related boatbuild-

ing materials, and the best techniques for using them. Topics include: reinforcement fibers,

resin systems, core materials, mold construction, production-facility requirements, boat-

building methods, elements of strength of materials, laminate design and specification,

assembly of components, and design examples.

NOTE: This course consists of lessons excerpted from Westlawn’s larger Elements of Techni-

cal Boat Design course and also in the full Yacht & Boat Design Program. On completion of

BC 401, students may transfer into either program and receive full credit.


for a detailed syllabus


for more details and enrollment information on this and other Westlawn

essential continuing education courses

Yacht & Boat Design Program



Distance learning is


cost-effective way to ad-

vance your career or train

your employees:

- no travel, little or no

time lost from work

- no on-site or off-site

set up and no facility


- no visiting instructors

- modest tuition costs

- start when you want

- study at your own


All Westlawn Courses are nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commis- sion of the DETC

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