13th Coast Guard District
915 Second Ave
Seattle, WA 98174
(800) 982-8813 x7015
How to Become A Certified Vessel Examiner
The following information outlines how to become
a Certified Vessel Examiner
in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary:
1. The member must be at least Basically
2. The member/trainee must pass the Vessel Examiner Test, either
or hardcopy, with a score of 90%.
If taking the test online, read the test instructions carefully.
Hardcopy VE tests must be ordered from the DSO-VE 13. Either test
can be taken "open book"
*** I suggest before taking the test and doing the 5 training VSCs,
check out the
that is attached to this memo.
3. The member/trainee performs 5 Vessel Safety Checks with a
qualified, mentor, Vessel Examiner. These 5 VSCs can be with more
than one mentor. The VSCs are entered on the ANSC 7038 form listing
the mentor as lead and the student as trainee. Note in the 7038
REMARKS section that the VSCs were performed as training for
qualifying a new VE. The FSO-IS needs to enter this information into
AUXDATA before the trainee can receive their Certification. Ask your
FSO-IS to process the 7038 asap, as DIRAUX will not issue the VE
Certification until the 5 mentored VSCs are in AUXINFO.
After completing the above:
4. The District 13 VE Qualification form must be signed by the mentor
and sent to the DSO-VE13 who will verify that all the steps needed
to become a Vessel Examiner have been accomplished, and then will
sign and mail the form to DIRAUX. The form is attached and my
address is noted below. The DSO-VE must verify the BQ status, VE
Test and the 5 VSCs before submitting the D13 Qualification Request
5. Keep copies of all your paperwork associated with your Vessel
You can also find the D13 VE Qualification form on the District 13
Websites for your convenience:
Questions? Contact your Flotilla FSO-VE
revised May 2007
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