In January 2000, the Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA) held a series of focus groups at its annual conference to discuss developing an industry-wide professional yacht broker certification program. In the spring of that year, the YBAA Professional Development Committee kicked off the certification program design with two goals:
- Raise the professional image of yacht brokers with the boating public, and
- Set an appropriate standard for professional behavior.
Two years later, the Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB) program was unveiled and six prominent yacht broker associations joined YBAA as Partner Associations to promote and manage this program in collaborative alignment. Since then, hundreds of qualified yacht broker professionals have earned their designation.
These Partner Associations belong to the governing consortium for the CPYB Certification program:
British Columbia Yacht Brokers Association (BCYBA)
California Yacht Brokers Association (CYBA)
International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA)
Northwest Yacht Brokers Association (NYBA)
Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA)
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