Yanmar, ABYC sign training agreement

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Yanmar has signed a cooperative training agreement with the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), according to a release from ABYC.

The agreement will require the staff of Yanmar’s top dealers to include ABYC certified technicians. In return, ABYC will offer training discounts to all Yanmar dealers, regardless of volume or size, through Yanmar’s Educational Department.

ABYC said the agreement is one of the first of its kind in the industry.

“Yanmar understands that continuing education is an important part of the success of a diesel technician,” Skip Burdon, ABYC’s president, said in the release. “This agreement will increase the educational opportunities available to Yanmar dealer technicians and will lower the overall cost for these technicians to take advantage of ABYC training.”

Yanmar currently operates an in-house diesel engine training program. ABYC said its training is intended to supplement the factory training Yanmar technicians already receive.

“Yanmar recognizes the need for top quality, non-proprietary training for their dealer network,” Mike New, ABYC’s education director, said in the release. “It integrates non-proprietary standards-based training with proprietary training, which lowers business risk while benefiting the end-user. Everyone wins.”

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