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NMEA Certified Marine Electronics Technician (CMET) Program, NMEA/ABYC Combined Training & Certifications, and NMEA Marine Electronics Installer Training Programs

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Founded in 1957, National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) is a pioneer in providing standards for marine electronics technicians in the marine electronics industry. NMEA was founded by a group of electronic dealers who got together at the New York Boat Show to discuss how to strengthen relationships with electronic manufacturers.

NMEA offers its members an extensive list of benefits, including professional development and certification, standards development, lobbying, national marketing and branding campaigns designed to drive traffic to dealers, manufacturers, and other members, and many more. The NMEA Product Awards are presented annually to recognize excellence in design, performance and reliability in marine electronics products.

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has established an extensive education and certification program. NMEA Training events occur regionally around the USA, Canada, UK, and Europe. For all other parts of the world that NMEA does not train in a classroom setting, students can take the basic installer courses on line.

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Training & Certification Programs

Certification Programs



  • Certified Marine Electronics Technician (CMET): The CMET Certification program tests the knowledge base and experience of the marine electronic professional.  The test includes a variety of questions from the Federal Communication Commission General Radio Operators License to the NMEA® Installation Standard.  The CMET program is the pre-eminent certification program in the marine industry. The marine electronic technician, who has been tested, passed and awarded the CMET certificate - shows to have acquired the knowledge base to diagnosis the most significant marine electronic issues on board; exhibits the ability and knowledge to solve most marine electronic issues on board with effective and efficient trouble shooting; demonstrates an ability to design an integrated marine electronic system; and, provides the highest level of professional service.
  • NMEA/ABYC Combined Training & Certifications (Course Includes 3 Certifications - ABYC Electrical, NMEA Marine Electronics Installer, and NMEA 2000 Network): NMEA joint training venture with The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC). These four-day training events will focus two of the days on ABYC marine electrical standards and training, and two days on NMEA marine electronics standards and training. These will be the marine industry’s premier training events specifically designed as a one-stop shop for boat builders, installers, technicians, marine mechanics and surveyors to get trained on ABYC and NMEA standards. 

NMEA Training Programs

  • Basic Marine Electronics Installer Course (MEI): The Marine Electronics Installer Program (MEI) was established in 2004 to encourage a high level of professional expertise in entry-level and mid-level technicians and to lead them to seek Certified Marine Electronic Technician (CMET) status. An MEI certificate is an indication of a working knowledge of NMEA’s Installation Standard, which clarifies and defines competent installation practices. A Marine Electronics Installer has demonstrated this proficiency by passing an examination designed to measure understanding of those principles.
  • Basic MEI Online Training: This extensive training class usually takes students 4 to 6 hours to complete and is the same training material that is taught in our classroom session.
  • Basic NMEA 2000® Installer Training: The NMEA 2000® Installer Training is primarily targeted for the beginner or those who have been installing NMEA 2000® but would like more information, more clarity and an opportunity to share ideas with others who have installed NMEA 2000® networks. Topics include - cables, connectors, specifications, physical planning and documentation, power sources and distribution, voltage drop calculations, data messages (parameter group numbers), connecting to other data sources, network setup and troubleshooting.
  • Advanced NMEA 2000® Installer Training: The NMEA2000 advanced course focuses on installations, setup, and diagnostic troubleshooting of moderately complex NMEA 2000® networks. The class consists of a half-day PowerPoint presentation before the included class lunch. The second half of the day will be all hands-on, as students split into small groups at classroom work stations equipped with complex NMEA 2000 networks. The purpose of the hands-on portion is to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in the ability to design, build, configure, evaluate, backup network files and troubleshoot using techniques taught by the NMEA instructor.  The training class features NMEA 2000-certified products from virtually all major manufacturers, including multi-function displays (MFDs) and multiple sensors of the same function, which require instruction on instancing. Most importantly, this allows students to get familiar with the advanced NMEA 2000 setup features within each manufacturer’s MFD, as this varies from manufacturer to manufacturer.
  • Advanced Marine Electronics Installer: The Advanced Marine Electronics Course has being recently revised and expanded.  It is designed for the Marine Electronics Installer (MEI) who wishes to achieve competency in advanced topic areas and concepts. An Advanced MEI certificate is an indication that a mid-level technician has a working knowledge regarding commissioning of a boat and troubleshooting marine electronic devices under supervision of a Certified Marine Electronics Technician (CMET). Topics include - Marine Computer Installations, Data & Ethernet, Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), VHF, DSC, SSB, Non-Magnetic Heading Sensors, Antenna Placement / Satellite Communications, AIS, Radar and Autopilot.

LAST UPDATED ON Jan 03, 2018