Qualification Courses

Historically, the Auxiliary's primary missions have been vessel safety checks, public education, and operations. With the passage of the Auxiliary legislation in October 1996, and particularly since the transfer of the Coast Guard to the Department of Homeland Security, The Auxiliary's role has been, and continues to be, greatly expanded.

Programs/Activities which require qualification in order for each individual Auxiliarist to participate include:

Exams for Qualifications courses generally are open book, and require a passing grade of 90%. Many are available on-line, along with the associated tests.

In general, specific activities are required on an annual basis in order to maintain Qualification status.

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BOAT CREW PROGRAM

There are three qualifications in the Boat Crew Program:

  • Crew Member
  • Coxswain
  • Personal Watercraft Operator

Auxiliarists who wish to participate in authorized surface operations must be Basically Qualified (BQ). The specific requirements (minimum standards) for qualification, currency maintenance, certification, and recertification can be found in:

  • Auxiliary Boat Crew Training Manual (COMDTINST M16794.51 (series)
  • Auxiliary Boat Crew Qualification Guide, Volume I: Crew Member (COMDTINST M16794.52 (series)
  • Auxiliary Boat Crew Qualification Guide, Volume II: Coxswain (COMDTINST M16794.53 (series)
  • Auxiliary Boat Crew Qualification Guide, Volume III: PWC Operator (COMDTINST M16794.54 (series)

Crew Member training consists of classwork, practical on-the-water training and orientation, and swim test. The training is relatively formalized, and is carried out under the guidance of a qualified mentor. At the conclusion of training, a practical examination is conducted by a Qualification Examiner.

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AUXILIARY INSTRUCTOR

There is one level of qualification in the Auxiliary Instructor Program: Instructor (IT). ITs can teach either or bothAuxiliary PE and/or MT courses.

The Instructional Materials for IT qualification consist of:

  • Auxiliary Instructor Qualification Course (COMDTINST M16794.44 (Part A)(series)
  • Auxiliary Instructor Qualification Course (COMDTINST M16794.45 (Part B)(series)
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RECREATIONAL BOATING SAFETY PROGRAM VISITOR

To seek qualification as a RecreationalBoating Safety Program Visitor, an Auxiliarist must be BQ, and be familiar with the contents of:

  • Vessel Safety Check Program COMDTINST M16796.7(series)
  • Auxiliary Marine Dealer Visitor (MDV) Manual COMDTINST M16796.3(series)

The candidate must pass an open book exam on the manual with a passing score of 90%.

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VESSEL EXAMINER

To seek qualification as a Vessel Examiner, an Auxiliarist must be BQ, and be familiar with the contents of:

  • Vessel Safety Check Program COMDTINST M16796.7(series)
  • Vessel Safety Check Manual COMDTINST M16796.8 (series)

The candidate must pass an open book exam on the manual with a passing score of 90%.

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TRIDENT PROGRAM

The Trident Program is the Marine Safety and Environmental Protection Department's member training and qualifications program for personnel participating in operations and support activities with the US Coast Guard's Marine Safety Directorate and local marine safety units. The program includes the following Training Courses

  • Introduction to Marine Safety and Environmental Protection
  • Initial Indoctrination to Marine Safety , an advanced course in MS/MEP
  • ICS-100
  • Good Mate Course

The Trident Program offers further training leading to qualification in 16 specialty areas.

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