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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 Qualified (BQ).

2. The member/trainee must pass the Vessel Examiner Test, either online  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 workshop site 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 Form to DIRAUX.

5. Keep copies of all your paperwork associated with your Vessel Examiner training.

You can also find the D13 VE Qualification form on the District 13 site,

Websites for your convenience: Vessel Examinations web page where you can access manuals, workshops, testing information VE OPFAC site VE Workshop site Check My Passing Score site

Questions?  Contact your Flotilla FSO-VE

revised May 2007

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