NMMA Certified Boat and Yacht manufacturers are required to send at least one person from their organization to the NMMA Engineering Compliance Seminar at least once every two years. In addition, certified manufacturers must have at least one representative pass applicable Compliance Specialist exams annually.

Testing is based on the ABYC standards and NMMA Certification requirements for the upcoming model year. Upon successful completion of applicable exam modules, the individual will receive a certificate outlining the achievement and status as a Compliance Specialist.


We are pleased to announce that the 2023 Model Year Compliance Specialist Exams are now  available on Top Hat, an online learning platform that will allow you to easily complete and submit exams online.  You will also be able to review your results and retake the exams if needed.  The deadline to complete exams is June 1, 2022.

We are also excited to let you know that beginning with the 2021 Compliance Seminar, all boat building members will be allowed to offer compliance exams to an unlimited number of participants at no additional cost!   Previously, members who did not attend the annual seminar were required to pay a compliance exam fee of up to $250 per participant. This expense limited most builders to only one Compliance Specialist per year. With the approval of the Boat and Yacht Certification Committee, the NMMA certification team now includes that single $250 exam fee as part of the annual certification fee paid at beginning of the model year—thus opening the exams to all employees of NMMA Certified members. This means our boat building members can now ensure their entire engineering, quality, supply chain and production teams are up to date with the most current ABYC standards, which in turn will help to mitigate their liability and exposure.

Please send the names and email addresses of the employees you would like to have complete the exams to Melissa Taylor (mtaylor@nmma.org).  



The 2022 Model Year Compliance Specialist Exams are available by clicking on the Model Year 2022 Exams heading below.  This year’s exams and answer sheet are provided in PDF files.  Please complete an answer sheet for each applicable exam and email to Melissa Taylor at mtaylor@nmma.org.  This year’s deadline to complete exams has been extended to August 31, 2021.

If you registered for this year’s Compliance Seminar there is no fee to take the exams.  If you did not register for the Seminar, there is a $15.00 fee per exam.  Please email Melissa Taylor at mtaylor@nmma.org with a list of exams you plan to complete and an invoice will be emailed to you for those exams.

Please note that Certified manufacturers must have at least one representative pass all applicable Compliance Specialist exams annually.