In January 2000, the Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA) held a series of focus groups at its annual conference to discussion the development of an industry-wide professional yacht broker certification program. In 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 professional have earned their designation.
These Partner Associations belong to the governing consortium for the CPYB Certification program: