Immediate Release June 2, 2011
Trevor Blakeley at RINA
(0) 20 7235 4622
Skip Burdon at ABYC
The Royal Institution Of
Naval Architects and Westlawn Institute Of Marine Technology Announce RINA Accreditation
of Westlawn Institute’s Yacht & Boat Design Program
2011, Annapolis, MD and London, England: The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), an
international organization representing naval architects in over 90 countries
has accredited the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology’s Yacht & Boat
organizations exist to promote and enhance knowledge and understanding of naval
architecture and boatbuilding, and to serve the needs of the marine industry.
Their goals are to assist their members or students to design, supervise,
construct, manage, or repair boats or ships of the highest quality. Westlawn
has been training boat designers for over eighty years and RINA has been
serving naval architects and the marine industry for over 150 years
demonstrating truly long-term commitments to their goals.
and training providers whose academic and professional courses provide the
knowledge and understanding which underpin the professional skills required by
those involved in the design and construction of maritime vessels and
structures may apply to have their course accredited by the Royal Institution
of Naval Architects.
Institution assesses such courses against the standards required for full
membership of the Institution. It will consider the content of the course for
its scope and applicability to the design and construction of maritime vessels
and structures. It will also consider the methods and quality of delivery of
the course, and the output standards set for successful completion of the
Institution considers that the Yacht & Boat Design Program provided by
Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology meets these standards, and therefore
provides good preparation for those who wish to practice of yacht and boat
design and construction.
Executive, Trevor Blakeley, stated, “Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology
has a well deserved international reputation for its programmes, and it is a
pleasure for the Royal Institution of Naval Architects as an international
professional society to accredit its Yacht & Boat Design Course.”
one of the foremost organizations dedicated to enhancing the art and science of
naval architecture,” said Westlawn Institute director Dave Gerr. “It’s an honor
to have Westlawn Institute’s Yacht & Boat Design Program accredited by
RINA. Not only does this recognize the breadth and quality of the Westlawn
program, but adding RINA accreditation to our long-standing DETC accreditation
provides our students and alumni with an additional international confirmation
of the marine industry’s broad acceptance of Westlawn Institute training.”
1860 in London, today the Royal Institution
of Naval Architects is an internationally renowned professional institution
whose members are involved at all levels in the design, construction, repair
and operation of marine vessels and structures in over 90 countries. RINA has
members in over 90 countries and is widely represented at all levels in the
maritime industry, universities and colleges, and maritime organisations.
of RINA is open to those who are professionally qualified in naval architecture
or marine technology, or who are involved or interested in the maritime
industry. Full membership as a Member provides an internationally recognized
professional qualification which demonstrates the achievement and commitment to
the highest standards of professional competence and integrity. Student and
Associate Membership is available to those who are gaining the academic
qualification and professional competence required for full membership.
members enjoy a wide range of benefits and services, including advice on
education, training and professional development. The RINA also publishes a
range of technical journals, and organises an extensive programme of
international conferences and training courses covering all aspects of naval
architecture and maritime technology. The Institution accredits academic and
professional programmes which meet its standards required for membership. To
learn more about RINA, call +44 (0) 20 7235 4622 or visit the RINA website at www.rina.org.uk.
1930, the Westlawn Institute of Marine
Technology is the only nationally accredited distance-learning school of
small-craft design in the United States. As the not-for-profit educational
affiliate of the American Boat and Yacht Council,
the mission of the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology is threefold:
■ To provide our students with
the skills knowledge required to build a rewarding career in the profession of
yacht and small-craft naval architecture.
■ To support continued growth of
the recreational and small-craft marine community through the development of
well-trained, safety oriented, boat designers developing better products for
the benefit of the boating public.
■ To provide continuing
education to marine industry professionals.
more about Westlawn, please call (207) 853-6600 or visit the Westlawn website