Dealership Certification Program schedules fall workshops

CHICAGO – The Marine Industry Dealership Certification program will begin hosting its fall series of regional Certification Launch Workshops this August, organizers reported in a recent statement.

Attendance at a one-day Launch Workshop is required for all dealerships the initial year of certification. During the workshop, program requirements are explained in detail and dealerships are provided with tools necessary to complete the Dealership Certification process, organizers explained.

Upcoming Launch Workshops dates, posted on, include:

  • Southeast Regional Workshop: Tuesday, Aug. 14, Orlando area
  • Mid-south Regional Workshop: Tuesday, Sept. 18, Nashville area
  • Midwest Regional Workshop: Thursday, Oct. 25, Chicago area
  • Western Regional Workshop: Wednesday, Oct. 31, Las Vegas
  • Northeast Regional Workshop: Tuesday, Nov. 13, Atlantic City
  • “Previous Launch Workshops tended to be selected on more of a local market basis,” said Phil Keeter, vice president of Marine Certification Inc. and president of the Marine Retailers Association of America (MRAA). “Dealers indicated they were attending workshops based more on schedule than location. As a result, cities selected to host the fall 2007 Workshops were chosen because of their easy accessibility for the largest number of dealers.”

    Dealers interested in attending a regional Launch Workshop should contact Dealership Certification program manager Elizabeth McAllister at (312) 946-6500;, organizers suggested. Dealers may also download Launch Workshop registration forms at Organizers recommend that dealerships bring a minimum of two employees to the workshop, which they said involves interactive processes and discussions.

    To date, a total of 451 dealerships have enrolled in the Marine Industry Dealership Certification program, and 229 have completed the process.

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