The Advanced Marine Electronics Installer Training (AMEI) is for a Marine Electronics Installer who wishes to achieve competency in advanced topic areas and concepts. An Advanced MEI certificate is an indication that an installer has a working knowledge regarding commissioning of a boat and installation of complex marine electronic devices.
PLEASE NOTE: This is an advanced class that requires field experience of installing complex marine electronics systems. If you have not installed the electronics equipment listed in the topics below, the test will be extremely difficult to obtain a passing grade.
Since 2019, the average pass / fail rate of the AMEI exam is 75% of students.
Topics include: Marine Computer Installations, Data & Ethernet, Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), VHF, DSC, SSB Installations, Non-Magnetic Heading Sensor Installation, Antenna Placement / Satellite Communications, AIS, Radar and Autopilot Installations.
Course Materials Included with Registration: NMEA 0400 Installation Standards version 4.00 and supplemental course materials.
Pre-requisite: There are 2 main pre-requisites for the AMEI Course:
1. Student must have taken and passed a classroom basic MEI course and have a basic MEI certificate issued from NMEA.
2. All students must have at least one year of field experience installing marine electronics before NMEA will issue an AMEI credential.
a. If the student already does have this field experience, it needs to be verified in writing by the student's employer.
b. If the student does not yet have this field experience (for example they are a new hire, graduate, new to the industry, or apprentice), they will be eligible for their AMEI credential exactly one year from the date of issue on the MEI credential.
Please note that any student can take the AMEI class and test at any time. As a marine electronics installer, field experience is the best independent teaching tool.
This requirement eliminates the possibility of good test takers with no field experience.
Passing Score: The passing score of any NMEA installer certification exam is 80% or higher. If a student does not pass, they are allowed one proctored re-take of the exam at a local library, the NMEA national office, or a local testing center at no charge. This re-take must be arranged by the student and taken within 90 days of the original exam date. If the student does not pass the re-take (or if they do not perform the re-take within 90 days of the original exam date) they must re-attend the training class at a scheduled future date / location, but can do so at a 50% discount.
Cost: $450 Member, $650 Non-member
NMEA Training Classes Cancellation Policy: NMEA strives to prepare well in advance for training classes to assure the best student learning experience. We base the classroom selection and lunch delivery on enrollment size. If unforeseen circumstances occur (death, serious illness) the class can be cancelled and refunded at no charge. Otherwise, there is no full refund. The cancellation policy is as follows:
Outside of 2 weeks before training date- Refund less $100 cancellation fee
Students may cancel outside of 2 weeks (for any reason) prior to the class start date. The cancellation fee is $100.
Inside of 2 weeks before training date- Refund less $200 cancellation fee
Students may cancel inside of 2 weeks (for any reason) prior to the class start date. The cancellation fee is $200.
Students that do not show up without any notice to NMEA will not be eligible for a refund.
NMEA will not be responsible for any expenses associated with the cancellation of a training course.
A 20% discount per class will be offered to NMEA member companies who register three or more employees at any one training event.
- Single student registrations who register for 2 days: discount is $75, 3 days: discount is $150, 4 days: discount is $225.
Please submit registration form, fee, and verification of experience to:
846 Ritchie Highway, Suite L4
Severna Park, MD 21146
PH: (410) 975-9425
Fax: (410) 975-9450
- You and your employer can market your NMEA training to customers—old and new—as an indication of your professional expertise.
- Your NMEA training will serve as a "reference" for future employers.
- Complimentary subscription to the Marine Electronics Journal for all MEIs who are NMEA members.
All NMEA 0400 Installation Standard Training Certifications are up for renewal three (3) years from the date the certificate is issued. This applies to MEI, AMEI, Basic NMEA 2000, and Advanced NMEA 2000.
Renewal material consists of an on-line link with the current course materials that will expire 30 days after payment is received by the NMEA national office. The 50 question test will be sent to you at your request with a 1 hour continuous running time limit. The request for test will also expire after 30 days from receiving payment by the NMEA National Office.
The cost to renew is $50 for NMEA members and $100 for non-members.