LONDON The British Marine Federation (BMF) and British Marine Electronics Association (BMEA) launched the British Marine Electronics Technicians Scheme (BMET) at the Schroders London Boat Show.
The scheme has been established to provide a common standard for marine electronics technicians. It aims to give everyone in the marine electronics industry from dealers, distributors and manufacturers through to consumers, a common standard to ensure quality installation and service of marine electronics equipment.
Employees can start working towards the certificate run by the Association of Marine Electronics and Radio Colleges (AMERC) immediately. There are two levels of certification. The intermediate level is for those with one year's experience working as a marine technician (post apprenticeship) while the Advanced Certificate caters for delegates with over five years experience. The Advanced level will be available in September.
Employers will be asked to endorse a pro forma which has been developed to highlight the practical tasks that will be expected at each level. The certification process will be continually upgraded and improved to reflect the latest advances in the marine electronics industry.