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17 Oct 14 There has been a lot discussion as a result of ALCOAST 404/14, particularly the new policy change regarding the 25% waiver. Since the release of the ALCOAST, various schools have made policy changes to enable them to continue to support military members with regards to tuition costs. We recently received notification from some schools that have offered to open up the 25% waiver to all military members and not just the Coast Guard. This change was forwarded up to CG-0944 and below is the ethics guidance received

Under 5 C.F.R. 2635.203(b)(4) opportunities and benefits, including favorable rates and discounts, available to all uniformed military personnel are not considered a gift and MAY be accepted.

In any instance, where the school or university makes their tuition waiver available to all military personnel who are not funded at 100% for their tuition assistance then our people may accept the discount that is offered.

While DOD is currently funding at 100% as a matter of policy, that could change at any time. They may, in the future, fund at 75/25, 80/20 or maintain 100%. So long as the discount is available to any/all military personnel equally then it is considered a "non-gift."

This rule is a PERSONAL gift exclusion. The person receiving TA is responsible for ensuring their compliance when receiving the discount or benefit. If there is a tuition "waiver" available, the member should ask whether that waiver is available to all military personnel. If the answer is yes, they may accept it in their personal capacity. If the answer is no, or just Coast Guard, they may not accept it because that would be a discount that is not available to all military personnel.

If anyone has any follow on questions, comments, concerns they can contact the Coast Guard Institute at (405) 954-1360.
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1 Oct 14 NEW TUITION ASSISTANCE (TA) POLICY MESSAGE HAS BEEN RELEASED (ALCOAST 502/13)

You may begin sending TA requests via WebTA immediately. Once continuing resolution funding has been made available we will begin processing requests.

Please ensure you read the ALCOAST in its entirety prior to contacting the CG Institute.

If you have any questions concerning this matter you can contact the Tuition Assistance & Grants Division at (405)954-1360.
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1 Oct 14 Effective Immediately: In accordance with ALCOAST 351/14, the new OS1 (0138-4), and OS2 (0238-4) RATs are available for order.

In addition, the Electronic test version of the MST1 & MST2 are now available. The paper based version of MST1 (VERSION 8), and MST2 (VERSION 7) will be released at a later time.

Also the new DWINTO (0701-2) and DWINTR (0702-2) EOCTs are available for order.

Note: All library units are reminded to input their request via TACCTS and to include all test requests on one ticket. Include your 7 digit OPFAC and complete mailing address for tracking purposes. Any missing information will cause a delay in receiving new exams. >br> Non library units should request enrollment with test for any new exams.

OS1 (0138-3), OS2 (0238-3), DWINTO (0701-1), DWINTR (0702-1), MST1 (0134-7) paper copy, and MST2 (0234-6) paper copy are obsolete effective immediately and will be removed from your library in TACCTS automatically. Please destroy exams and note the destruction in your unit destruction log. There is no need to submit TACCTS ticket reflecting destruction or removal.

An updated EOCT/RAT Course Information Page is available on the CG Institute website and should be reviewed and utilized each month during monthly inventories to ensure inventory is accurate. Below is the link for the information page.http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg1/cgi/eso/courses_and_tests/eoct_and_epme/EOCT.pdf

If you have any questions, contact Course Support & Testing Division at 405-954-2437.
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11 Sep 14 In an effort to meet Executive Order 13607 Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service members The Coast Guard along with the Department of Defense (DoD) will only authorize Tuition Assistance to Educational Institutions that have a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the DoD effective immediately. The deadline for educational institutions to have a signed MOU on file was 6Sep and a complete list of schools can be viewed at http://www.dodmou.com/Home. Select the tab located at the top of the page labeled, "Participating Institutions" to verify which schools are eligible and authorized to receive tuition assistance dollars.

As the DoD and Coast Guard move through this process, there will be anomalies and the Coast Guard Institute will do our best to keep the fleet abreast of the latest information. Below is one of those anomalies that may require immediate action on your behalf.

Currently Kaplan University "Online" is not recognized by the DoD as an institution with a signed MOU and meeting the EO, however the Kaplan University's main campus is and will fill the requirement for Kaplan University "Online" until the details are ironed out. So, any students you have that plan on attending Kaplan University "Online" will need to select Kaplan University Davenport (Main campus) in order for their TA request to be approved.

Please contact the Coast Guard Institute at (405)954-1360 if you have any questions, comments, concerns.
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25 Aug 14 Effective Immediately: In accordance with ALCOAST 351/14, the new YNC (0076-1), YN1 (0176-3), YN2 (0276-3), FS1 (0151-7), and FS2 (0251-8) RATs, and BM1 (0112-3) EOCT's are available for order.

Note: All library units are reminded to input their request via TACCTS and to include all test requests on one ticket. Include your 7 digit OPFAC and complete mailing address for tracking purposes. Any missing information will cause a delay in receiving new exams.

Non library units should request enrollment with test for any new exams.

BM1 (0112-2), FS1 (0151-6) and FS2 (0251-7) are obsolete effective immediately and will be removed from your library in TACCTS automatically. Please destroy exams and note the destruction in your unit destruction log. There is no need to submit TACCTS ticket reflecting destruction or removal.

FS members who passed the FS1 (0151-6) and FS2 (0251-7) test from AUG 1 to the date of the ALCOAST release will be credited for their passing score and not have to retake any exam.

YN1 (0176-2) and YN2 (0276-2) EOCTs are still valid for Reserve ONLY thru 1 July 2015. Please do not destroy your edition 2 exams if you have reservist at your unit.

An updated EOCT/RAT Course Information Page is available on the CG Institute website and should be reviewed and utilized each month during monthly inventories to ensure inventory is accurate. Below is the link for the information page.http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg1/cgi/eso/courses_and_tests/eoct_and_epme/EOCT.pdf

If you have any questions, contact Course Support & Testing Division at 405-954-2437.
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6 Aug 14 As of today, August 6, 2014, The CGI has begun processing Fiscal Year (FY 15) Tuition Assistance (TA) applications for 01 to 15 October start dates. (Section 4109 of Title 5, United States Code (USC) and Section 2396 (a) 3 of Title 10 USC gives authorization). Send all eTA applications for Oct 1 to 15 2014 course start dates to the Institute for processing.

Be aware of the students FY14 TA usage prior to sending any FY15 applications for processing. We cannot exceed the FY14 cap to fulfill tuition requirements for any FY15 applications processed early. It is the members decision to proceed with early processing and possibly pay tuition out of pocket, or wait until FY15 funding is made available to maximize TA availability. The CGI TAG division is asking for all FY15 applications dated 1 -15 Oct to be submitted no later than close of business Friday, September 26. Remember, all applications requesting early processing must be submitted to the CGI for funding management purposes.

If you have any questions concerning this matter, contact Tuition Assistance & Grants Division at 405-954-1360.
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25 Jul 14 Effective immediately the ME2 0281-2 RAT (versions 51 & 53) is suspended and should not be administered. The ME2 0281-2 RAT (VERSION 52) is valid and may be administered. If you have any questions please contact CG Institute at 405-954-2437.
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23 Jul 14 BM2 (0212-3) EOCT Passing Score Change effective 2 February 2014.

The system has been updated to reflect a new BM2 passing score of 70% vs. 74%. The updated passing score will be automatically reflected for exams administered on or after 2 February 2014.

If you have any questions concerning this matter, contact Course Support & Testing Division at 405-954-2437.

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7 Apr 14 1. As per ALCOAST 148/14, the new annual cap for Coast Guard share of TA is $3375 (75 percent of $4500). This updated guideline is not retroactive and will affect future TA requests only. The Coast Guard will continue to fund 75% of the tuition cost of members not to exceed $187.50 per credit hour.

2. All other provisions of ALCOAST 065/14 and TACCTS Blast of 21FEB14 remain the same.

3. Please ensure you have read the ALCOAST in its entirety prior to contacting the CG Institute.

4. If you have any questions concerning this matter, contact Tuition Assistance & Grants Division at 405-954-1360.
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31 Mar 14 BM2 EOCT Passing Score Change effective 1 April 2014.

The system has been updated to reflect a new BM2 EOCT passing score of 74% vs. 80%. The new score will be automatically reflected for exams administered on or after 1 April 2014.

If you have any questions concerning this matter, contact Course Support & Testing Division @ 405/954-2437.
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21 Feb 14 1. As per ALCOAST 065/14, active duty military members are eligible for tuition assistance for courses leading to first undergraduate or graduate degrees. Graduate courses with a start date on or after 1 January through 19 February may be considered for a waiver using the CG Institute waiver process. Waivers will not be considered for members that do not meet eligibility criteria IAW ALCOAST 065/14.

2. Effective immediately, the cap established by ALCOAST 325/13 of 6 credit hours per fiscal quarter has been lifted. This updated guideline is not retroactive and will affect future TA requests only. The Coast Guard will continue to fund 75% of the tuition cost of members not to exceed $187.50 per credit hour. The annual cap for the Coast Guards share of TA is $2250.

3. TA is NOT authorized for members seeking a second degree at the same or lower educational level. In addition TA is NOT authorized for any Doctoral level courses. This applies to members pursuing a second degree whether or not TA was used to obtain their initial degree (i.e. if the applicant already has a bachelors degree, TA shall not be authorized for another bachelors degree even if the degree was obtained at a service academy, through the CG advanced education program, via grants or loans, VA benefits, or paid for out of the members own pocket).

4. Please ensure you have read the ALCOAST in its entirety prior to contacting the CG Institute.

5. If you have any questions concerning this matter, contact Tuition Assistance & Grants Division at 405-954-1360.
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13 FEB 14 EPME-4 Update and revised "Course Info Page"

The new EPME-4 (0462-4) 51/52/53 is available for order. The EPME-4 (0462-3) 54/55/56 became obsolete on 02 Feb 2014 and should be destroyed.

Note: All library units are reminded to input their request via TACCTS and to include all test requests on one ticket. Include your 7 digit OPFAC and complete mailing address for tracking purposes.

If you have any questions, contact Course Support & Testing Division at 405-954-2437.
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7 Feb 14 Updated EOCT/RAT Information Page will be available on the CG Institute website.

In accordance with ALCOAST 038/14, the following RATs are now available for order:

MK1 (code 0332-5) 51/52/53, MK2 (code 0232-7) 51/52/53, and MK3 (0332-7) 51/52/53

ME1 (code 0181-2) 51/52/53, ME2 (code 0281-2) 51/52/53

Note: All library units are reminded to input their request via TACCTS. Include your 7 digit OPFAC and complete mailing address for tracking purposes.

Non library units should request enrollment with test on the initial request.

If you have any questions, contact Course Support & Testing Division at 405-954-2437.
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4 Feb 14 Updated EOCT/RAT Information Page will be available on the CG Institute website.

FS2 RAT: Effective 3 February, the passing score for the FS2 RAT has been changed from 95% to 92%; pen & ink change to your hard copy exams is authorized.

Reminders: In accordance with ALCOAST 435/13, EPME 4 (0462-3) was cancelled effective 2 February 2014.

In accordance with ALCOAST 038/14, MK2 (0232-6) and MK3 (0332-6) are cancelled effective 2 February 2014.

ME1 (0181-1) and ME2 (0281-1) are cancelled effective 2 February 2014.

You will be notified by TACCTS Blast once new exams are available.

If you have any questions, contact Course Support & Testing Division at 405-954-2437.
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29 Jan 14 Effective Immediately - EPME-4 0462-3 55/56 is no longer available for testing purposes due to possible compromise. Suspend testing but DO NOT destroyed exams until further notice.

If you have any questions, contact Course Support & Testing Division at 405-954-2437.
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12 Dec 13 PA1/PA2 RAT update and revised "Course Info Page"

Updated EOCT/RAT Information Page will be available on the CG Institute website.

In accordance with ALCOAST 326/13, the new PA1 (code 0140-2) and PA2 (code 0240-2) RATs are available for order.

Note: All library units are reminded to input their request via TACCTS. Include your 7 digit OPFAC and complete mailing address for tracking purposes.

Non library units should request enrollment with test on the initial request.

Reminder: PA1(0140-1) and PA2(0240-1) EOCTs are still valid for Reserve ONLY thru 1 July 2014.

If you have any questions, contact Course Support & Testing Division at 405-954-2437.
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11 Dec 13 HS RAT - Update Information

ESO's - effective immediately it is now authorized for members to bring a paper copy of the following books when taking the HS RAT.

Authorized books to be used w/CD references:

Habif's Clinical Dermatology
Ferri's Clinical Advisor
Clinical Procedures for Medical Assistants Wounds and Lacerations Emergency Care and Closure Mosby's Nursing Drug Reference

A decision has been made for ESOs to allow members to take the HS Rating Advancement Test if the books are "marked up" or "highlighted", but TABS and/or flags on pages are not allowed. Also request the ESO inspect the book prior to giving the test to ensure no other documents/notes are in the books pages. (The book is to be scanned by the ESO before and after the administration of the exam to ensure no additional information is marked or written inside the book.)

If you have any questions, contact Course Support & Testing Division at 405-954-2437.
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20 Nov 13 New Coast Guard Tuition Assistance (TA) Policy

NEW COAST GUARD TUITION ASSISTANCE (TA) POLICY

1. As per ALCOAST 502/13, the Coast Guard will fund 75% of the tuition cost of members not to exceed $187.50 per credit hour. The new annual cap for the Coast Guard's share of TA is $2250.

2. Only active duty military members are eligible for tuition assistance and only for courses leading to associate and bachelor degrees. The Coast Guard will no longer pay TA to members seeking a second degree at the same or lower educational level. This change applies to members pursuing a second degree whether or not TA was used to obtain their initial degree (i.e. if the applicant already has a bachelor's degree, TA shall not be authorized for another bachelor's degree even if the degree was obtained at a service academy, through the CG advanced education program, via grants or loans, VA benefits, or paid for out of the member's own pocket).

3. Effective immediately, we are returning all TACCTS/WebTA applications and requesting for members and ESOs to resubmit to ensure the member meets the new TA eligibility requirements. All other provisions from TACCTS blast of 25 October 2013 remain the same.

4. Due to government shutdown from 1-16 October 2013, courses with a start date during that period are not eligible for funding. Courses with a start date on or after 17 October through 19 November may be considered for a waiver using the CG Institute waiver process. Waivers will not be considered for members that do not meet eligibility criteria IAW ALCOAST 502/13.

5. Please ensure you have read the ALCOAST in its entirety prior to contacting the CG Institute.

6. If you have any questions concerning this matter, contact Tuition Assistance & Grants Division at 405-954-1360.
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25 Oct 13 FY14 TA PROCESS

1. Effective immediately, all personnel using TA shall use the Navy WebTA system and are required to submit their applications to the Coast Guard Institute 14 days prior to a course start date. If a request is submitted after the course start date, a warning from Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) will notify the member that the course has started. The ESO is advised to inform the member to continue with the WebTA application.

2. The Coast Guard TA paper application form CG-4147, may be used on a case-by-case basis for units with poor internet connectivity issues that have been approved by the Tuition Assistance & Grants (TAG) Division Chief.

3. The NKO WebTA link can be found in the student and Education Services Officer (ESO) standard operating procedures (SOP), and can also be located on the Coast Guard Institute website using the following path: CG Institute website > ESO > TA and Grants.

4. Paper applications received by the Coast Guard Institute prior to the close of business on 28Oct13 will be processed (assuming member is in compliance with FY14 TA funding level and eligibility). All others will be returned.

5. Additionally, with the implementation of the Joint Service Transcript (JST) system, an assessment prior to submitting a TA request is no longer required. Members should be encouraged to login to the JST and verify accuracy.

6. As information becomes available, we will keep you updated on FY14 TA policy. ESOs and members are reminded that TA is not approved until they have received a TA Authorization (TAA) from CGI. Members should be wary when starting/continuing a degree program for which they do not have an alternate means of payment unless they have an approved TAA from CGI.

7. If you have any questions concerning this matter, contact Tuition Assistance & Grants Division at 405-954-1360.
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10 Oct 13 Effective immediately - Due to the slow release of the anticipated ALCOAST suspending the DC striker "program" the DC3 EOCT 0316-2 has been reinstated for active duty strikers until 01Feb14. Specific questions concerning the DC striker program should be directed to the DC Rating Force Master Chief. The new RPQs come into effect on 01Feb14.

Note: All library units are reminded to input their request via TACCTS. Include your 7 digit OPFAC and complete mailing address for tracking purposes.

Non library units should request enrollment with test on the initial request.

If you have any questions, contact Course Support & Testing Division at 405-954-2437.
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09 Oct 13 Updated EOCT /RAT Information Page will be available on the CGI website.In accordance with ALCOAST 326/13, the new EM1 (code 0119-9) and EM2 (code 0219-4) RATs are available for order.

Note: All library units are reminded to input their request via TACCTS and to include all test requests on one ticket. Include your 7 digit OPFAC and complete mailing address for tracking purposes.

If you have any questions, contact Course Support & Testing Division at 405-954-2437.
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08 Oct 13 FY14 Tuition Assistance (TA) is unavailable due to absence of an approved budget. Once the budget is approved a decision for the FY14 TA funding levels and eligibility will be made.

ESO's and members are reminded that TA is not approved until they have received a TA Authorization (TAA) letter (form CG-1560) from CGI. Members should be wary when starting/continuing a degree program for which they do not have an alternate means of payment unless they have an approved CG-1560 from CGI.

We will keep you updated on the FY14 TA program as information becomes available.

If you have any questions concerning this matter, contact Tuition Assistance & Grants Division at 405-954-1360.
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24 Sep 13 A. COMCOGARD FORCECOM NORFOLK VA 061956Z AUG 13/ALCOAST 325/13 B. Performance, Training, and Education Manual, COMDINST M1500.10(Series)

  1. Paragraph 1 of Ref (A) restricted TA for Active Duty members and Reserve members on long-term Active Duty orders issued for over 180 days. Additionally, for the remainder of the fiscal year (ends Monday 30 Sept), the Coast Guard Institute (CGI) is now accepting TA applications from Civilian Coast Guard personnel who meet the minimum obligated service requirement outlined in Ref (B). The cap established by Ref (A) for 6 credit hours per fiscal quarter apply for all applicants.

  2. The increased eligibility may not be available in Fiscal Year (FY14) as TA funding for next year is still unknown. TA funding is anticipated to remain volatile and members should plan accordingly when starting/continuing a degree program.

  3. TA applications must be submitted no later than the Noon EDT 30Sep2013 and be for courses with start dates NLT 15OCT2013. Retroactive payments are not authorized.

  4. An ALCOAST with this policy change will follow later today.
If you have any questions concerning this matter, contact Tuition assistance & Grants Division at (405) 954-1360.
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23 Sep 13
  1. As of today, 23 September 2013, the CG Institute (CGI) has begun processing FY14 TA applications for courses with 01-15 October start dates, utilizing FY13 funds. (Section 4109 of Title 5, United States Code (USC) and Section 2396 (a) 3 of Title 10 USC gives authorization). The requests must be processed by 2400 30 Sep or they cannot be paid with current year funds. New fiscal year funding may be delayed by a number of budget issues.

  2. Send all applications for 01-15 October 2013 course start dates to CGI for processing ASAP. Be aware of the student's FY13 TA usage prior to sending any FY14 applications for processing. We cannot exceed the FY13 cap to fulfill tuition requirements for any FY14 applications processed early. It is the member's decision to proceed with early processing and possibly pay tuition out of pocket, or wait until FY14 funding is made available to maximize TA availability.

  3. The CGI Tuition Assistance & Grants (TAG) division requires that all FY14 applications dated for 01-15 October 2013 be submitted no later than close of business 27 Sep 13.

  4. The Coast Guard tuition assistance program is designed to assist Coast Guard personnel in broadening academic or technical background by providing funding for off-duty independent education. The voluntary education program is managed by the Coast Guard Institute (CGI) and administered by the Education Services Officer (ESO) at each unit.

  5. As per ALCOAST 325/13, the Coast Guard expanded Tuition Assistance (TA) eligibility for all degree levels from all Active Duty members and Reserve members on long-term Active Duty orders issued for over 180 days.

  6. The increased eligibility may not be available in Fiscal Year (FY14) as TA funding for next year is still unknown. TA funding is anticipated to remain volatile and members should plan accordingly when starting/continuing a degree program. We will keep you updated on the FY14 TA program as information becomes available.
If you have any questions concerning this matter, contact Tuition Assistance & Grants Division at 405-954-1360.
Date Information Updated
10 Sep 13 The MK1 EOCT is no longer available for testing purposes due to compromise. This test shall be destroyed and ticket submitted through TACCTS for removal from your inventory.

Further notification will be sent when new MK1 exams are available..

Updated EOCT /RAT Information Page will be available on the CGI website..

If you have any questions, contact Course Support & Testing Division at 405-954-2437.
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6 Sep 13 MK1 0132-4 51/54/55 EOCT ? Suspended / New DC1 and DC2 RAT available

Effective Immediately - MK1 0132-4 51/54/55 is no longer available for testing purposes due to possible compromise. Suspend testing but DO NOT destroyed exams until further notice.Effective Immediately - MK1 0132-4 51/54/55 is no longer available for testing purposes due to possible compromise. Suspend testing but DO NOT destroyed exams until further notice.

In accordance with ALCOAST 326/13, the new DC1 (code 0116-3) and DC2 (code 0216-3)RAT's are available for order. Please ensure that you include your 7 digit OPFAC and complete mailing address when requesting exam. The DC1/DC2/DC3 EOCT's are still valid for RESERVIST "Only" thru 01JUL2014.

(NOTE: When ordering the new DC RAT Command's with both Active Duty and Reservist please make note in the TACCTS ticket. In an effort to eliminate confusion we have color coded the cover page of the EOCTs for Reservist a different color to easily identify so that a RESERVE only EOCT is not administered to an Active Duty member. Upon receipt of the new color coded EOCT for Reservist, destroy the DC EOCT's you currently hold. The EOCT Course Material is for Reservist "ONLY".)

Reminder: RAT exams do not have formal course material for order. The study material for all RAT's are their RPQ's.

Updated EOCT /RAT Information Page will be available on the CGI website.

If you have any questions, contact Course Support & Testing Division at 405-954-2437.
Date Information Updated
26 Aug 13 The Joint Services Transcript (JST) is now available to all Coast Guardpersonnel in order to view and request their official transcripts online at https://jst.doded.mil. Members are encouraged to review their information for errors prior to requesting any official transcript. All discrepancies,along with any supporting documentation, should be sent to the CG Institute's Registrar's Office (RO) for correction. If you have any questions concerning this matter, contact the Registrar's Office at 405-954-7241.
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5 Aug 13 Changes for the remainder of FY13 Tuition Assistance (TA) funds.
Ref: A. ALCOAST 175/13, Resumption of Coast Guard Tuition Assistance Funding
B. ALCOAST 257/13, Change to Reserve Tuition Assistance Funding
C. Performance Training and Education Manual, COMDTINST M1500.10(series)

1. Effective immediately for the remainder of the FY13 TA budget the Coast Guard Institute is accepting applications for all Active Duty members for all degree levels and is not retroactive. The remainder of the eligibility criteria contained in reference (a), limiting six credit hours per fiscal quarter; COs, OICs, or first O-6/GS-15 in the chain-of-command are still required to ensure individuals meet eligibility criteria remains in effect. An ALCOAST will be released in the next 48 hours that confirms this policy for the remainder of FY13.

2. Provisions remain the same for Reserve TA as per references (a) and (b). TA for Reserve members is only available if the member E6 and below on long-term Active Duty orders issued for over 180 days.

3. ESOs are directed to ensure members seeking TA funding are aware that TA funding remains volatile and members should plan accordingly when starting/continuing a degree program. Members are also reminded that TA is not approved until they have received a TA Authorization from CGI.

4. General TA policy. Questions from members should be directed to their local ESOs. Questions from unit ESOs about status of TA processing questions from unit COs or OICs regarding TA policy should be directed to CWO4 Tex Collier (CGI) at (405) 954-7233, email DeVale.J.Collier(at)uscg.mil.
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5 Aug 13 New FS CD for testing dtd AUG 2013 is available for order. This replaces the existing CD and shall be used for test administration purposes only. Please include your 7-digit OPFAC and complete mailing address when ordering. All FS CD's that are dtd prior to AUG 2013 should be destroyed locally.

If you have any questions, contact Course Support & Testing Division at 405-954-2437.
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5 Aug 13 EOCT update and revised "Course Info Page" Updated EOCT /RAT Information Page will be available on the CGI website.In accordance with ALCOAST 318/13, the new BM2 (code 0212-3) course and test is available. The previous version, BM2 course (code 0212-2) are obsolete effective 02 Aug 2013.

Note: All library units are reminded to input their request via TACCTS and to include all test requests on one ticket. Include your 7 digit OPFAC and complete mailing address for tracking purposes.

If you have any questions, contact Course Support & Testing Division at 405-954-2437.
Date Information Updated
1 Jul 13 ESO's - effective immediately it is now authorized for members to bring a paper copy of the Simplified Acquisitions Procedures Handbook COMDTINST M4200.13 when taking the FS RAT. An updated reference CD will be created and notification will be sent when the new FS RAT reference CD is available.

If you have any questions, contact Course Support & Testing Division at 405-954-2437.
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3 Jun 13 EOCT update and revised "Course Info Page" Updated EOCT /RAT Information Page will be available on the CGI website.

The BM1 replacement tests (code 0112-2) are available.

Note: All library units are reminded to input their request via TACCTS and to include all test requests on one ticket. Include your 7 digit OPFAC and complete mailing address for tracking purposes.

If you have any questions, contact Course Support & Testing Division at 405-954-2437.
Date Information Updated
16 APR 13 Effective Immediately - IS2 0290-1 #51/52/53 is no longer available for testing purposes due to compromise. This test shall be destroyed and ticket submitted through TACCTS for removal from your inventory.

A TACCTS blast will be sent once new IS2 exams are available.

If you have any questions, contact Course Support & Testing Division at 405-954-2437.
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15 APR 13 BM1 0112-2 #51/52/53 EOCT Compromise

Effective Immediately - BM1 0112-2 #51/52/53 is no longer available for testing purposes due to compromise. This test shall be destroyed and ticket submitted through TACCTS for removal from your inventory.

A TACCTS blast will be sent once new BM1 EOCT's are available.

If you have any questions, contact Course Support & Testing Division at 405-954-2437.
Date Information Updated
19 MAR 13 Ref: ALCOAST 049/13

Effective Immediately: New Rating Advancement Test (RAT) for FS1/FS2/FS3 are now available upon request. A CD of reference materials will be sent with all test series and is strictly used for testing ONLY.

Note 1: The administration of these tests require members to bring a copy of the book "Professional Cooking" 7th ed. by Wayne Gisslen. The 7th edition was provided by HQ to units with FS personnel and is the only publication allowed for testing purposes. Members taking the FS Rating Advancement Test may use a "marked up" or "highlighted" Professional Cooking Book, but tabs and/or flagged pages are not allowed. ESOs shall inspect the book prior to administering test and remove any documents/notes.

Note 2: Current FS EOCTs continue to be valid for RESERVE personnel ONLY thru 1 July 2013.

All library units are reminded to input their request via TACCTS. For tracking purposes, include your 7 digit OPFAC and complete mailing address.

Non-library units should request enrollment with test on the initial request.

If you have any questions concerning this matter, contact Course Support & Testing Division @ 405/954-2437.
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25 FEB 13 Effective Immediately:REF ALCOAST 049/13 New Rating Advancement Test (RAT) for SK1/SK2/SK3 are now available upon request. A CD of reference materials will be sent with all test series and is strictly used for testing only. These tests are considered open book, but only the CD can be used for this purpose.

Updated EOCT/RAT Course Info is available on the CGI Website.

Note 1: 2 CD's will initially be sent with each test series. If additional CD's are warranted please submit a TACCTS ticket.

Note 2: All library units are reminded to input their request via TACCTS. For tracking purposes, include your 7 digit OPFAC and complete mailing address.

Non-library units should request enrollment with test on the initial request.

If you have any questions concerning this matter, contact Course Support & Testing Division @ 405/954-2437.
Date Information Updated
12 Feb 13 SK Strikers - ALCOAST 049/13 did not specifically address SK Strikers. ESOs may administer the SK3 EOCT to SK Strikers until 1 Aug 2013. Completion of the SK3 PQG and CG-3303C-SK (Rev.03-20090 or CG-RPQ-SK (Rev.03-2009) satisfy the prerequisites for administering the test. After 1 Aug 2013 SK Strikers will be required to complete the CG-RPQ-SK (Rev.11-2013) and the SK3 rating advancement test for placement onto the advancement eligibility list. These updates will be included into a Striker Program ALCOAST to be released at a future date.Also, the new SK RAT's are not yet available. A TACCTS Blast will be sent once the exams are available and ready for order. Please do not order exams until notification of availability has been made.If you have any questions please contact CST @ 405/954-7275.
Date Information Updated
6 Feb 13 DANTES Information Bulletin, dated Feb. 2013, *New Official Joint Transcript Now Available* announces the completion of a new transcript system called the Joint Service Transcript (JST). The Coast Guard Institute is currently working to resolve data issues, completing internal testing, and validating member information prior to migrating to the JST. Transcripts requested through the JST at this juncture are not official and will not be processed. Please continue to use the current process for requesting transcripts through the Coast Guard Institute until notified, via TACCTS blast, that the JST application is fully supported and operational.

If you have any questions concerning this matter, please contact Ms. Martha Fischer at (405) 954-7255
Date Information Updated
22 JAN 13 The CG Institute has ten seats remaining for the 20-21 February ESO orientation course. The orientation course is designed to provide the fundamental skills and knowledge new ESOs require to begin their duties while also providing an orientation to the role of the Coast Guard Institute and its relationship with the field level ESOs. Each attendee will be provided briefings and hands-on training with every business line of the CGI, as well as meet the staff of the Institute. Requests for attendance must be received no later than 12 February 2013.
Date Information Updated
20 DEC 12 FORCECOM has received reports from ESOs that there is erroneous guidance mandating Training Management Tool (TMT) entry of RPQ for all ratings. Only ratings fully transitioned to ERATS- AET, AMT, AST MST and OS (ALCOAST 262-12, ALCOAST 33/11, and ALCOAST 46/12) need to record completion of Rating Performance Qualifications (RPQs) into TMT.

As a reminder, ESOs need to confirm members (of ALL rates) have completed their RPQ/PQG Performance Support Worksheets prior to allowing the member to take the End of Course Test (EOCT) or Rating Advancement Test (RAT).

Questions about the policy need to be directed to the Coast Guard's Chief Rating Knowledge Manager, MCPO Keith Alholm at (202) 475-5489.
Date Information Updated
11 DEC 12 ESO Orientation - January 2013

The CG Institute has ten seats remaining for the 16-17 January ESO orientation course. The orientation course is designed to provide the fundamental skills and knowledge new ESOs require to begin their duties while also providing an orientation to the role of the Coast Guard Institute and its relationship with the field level ESOs. Each attendee will be provided briefings and hands-on training with every business line of the CGI, as well as meet the staff of the Institute. Requests for attendance must be received no later than 08 January 2013.

Questions concerning the ESO Orientation course should be directed to GMCM Jacobs at 405-954-7239..
Date Information Updated
7 DEC 12 Aviation RAT Reference CD - UPDATE (DEC 2012)

The reference CD dated "AUGUST 2012" for all Aviation RATs has been updated and will automatically be sent out to ALL library units holding these exams. The updated CD will reflect the new date of December 2012. You should destroy all Aviation CD's that you currently hold dated "August 2012" and suspend testing for AET, AMT, and AST until new "December 2012" updated CD is received. There is NO change to the exams for these rates, just the reference CD.

You should receive the updated CD NLT 17 December. If you hold these exams and do not receive the updated CD's by 17 December please notify CST through TACCTS.

REMINDER to ALL: Members should also be provided the Challenge Worksheets when they are given any paper-based exam. When challenging a question the question itself nor answer to any question should be written. Procedures and the form itself states this policy.

If you have any questions, contact Course Support & Testing Division at 405-954-2437.
Date Information Updated
6 DEC 12 Scheduled TACCTS Downtime

The TACCTS servers will be offline Sunday Dec. 9 from 0800 to 1700 (CST) due to equipment upgrades.

If you have any questions concerning this matter, contact Course Support & Testing Division at 405-954-2437.
Date Information Updated
6 DEC 12 Rating Advancement Exam (RAT) Requirements:

Each RAT for OS, AET, AMT, and AST requires that you provide the reference CD to the member for use during the exam. This is an open book exam and the reference CD is the book in this instance. The cover sheet of each exam that contains the instructions for the ESO also states this information.

If you have any questions, contact Course Support & Testing Division at 405-954-2437.
Date Information Updated
26 NOV 12 ESO Orientation Course - December 12-13

The CG Institute has eight seats remaining for the 12-13 December ESO orientation course. The orientation course is designed to provide the fundamental skills and knowledge new ESOs require to begin their duties while also providing an orientation to the role of the Coast Guard Institute and its relationship with the field level ESOs. Each attendee will be provided briefings and hands-on training with every business line of the CGI, as well as meet the staff of the Institute. Requests for attendance must be received no later than 04 December.

Questions concerning the ESO Orientation course should be directed to GMCM Jacobs at 405-954-7239.
Date Information Updated
5 NOV 12 Certification or Certificate Programs

There have been an increasing number of cases where ESOs have authorized Tuition Assistance for certification or certificate program courses. When reviewing the application for Tuition Assistance it is absolutely essential that ESOs follow COMDTINST M1500.10C Performance, Training, and Education Manual. The most common error by ESOs, when counseling members on Tuition Assistance, is identifying if the course falls under an institutions degree program. The only courses authorized for TA funding with International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) are courses that are listed in their degree program such as PD102, PD103, PRT251, PRT253, PRT254, PRT255, PRT256, and PRT259 as well as other required courses. Courses listed under their certification or certificate programs do not qualify for TA.

If an ESO is in doubt about the eligibility of TA they should seek prior guidance from CG Institute before counseling the member and or approving TA. It is imperative that the member receives the correct information to prevent a potential debt on the member for an unauthorized course.
Date Information Updated
29 OCT 12 The CG Institute has eight seats remaining for the 28-29 November ESO orientation course. The orientation course is designed to provide the fundamental skills and knowledge new ESOs require to begin their duties while also providing an orientation to the role of the Coast Guard Institute and its relationship with the field level ESOs. Each attendee will be provided briefings and hands-on training with every business line of the CGI, as well as meet the staff of the Institute. Requests for attendance must be received no later than 14 November.

Questions concerning the ESO Orientation course should be directed to GMCM Jacobs at 405-954-7239.
Date Information Updated
1 OCT 12 A change is being implemented in the way references for the MST1 and MST2 Rating Advancement Tests are accessed, effective 0800 Central Time Tuesday, October 2nd.

The initial window will be an HTML index.

Selecting links from the HTML index will open the selected reference within the same window. Only one reference document may be opened at any time.

RATs already in progress will not be affected.

These changes can be previewed at: Https://etesting.uscg.mil/mstrefs/MST_References_AUG2012.htm

Please contact the CST Division @ 405/954-2437 if you have any questions.
Date Information Updated
5 OCT 12 As of October 1, 2012, the Coast Guard Institute has begun processing FY13 Tuition Assistance (TA)applications. In order to facilitate the process, please ensure that the subject line in TACCTS contains the course start date. As a reminder, please do not submit any application more than three months before the course start date. Thank you, Tuition Assistance and Grants Division.
Date Information Updated
9 OCT 12 The TACCTS servers will be offline Friday Oct. 12 from 1700 to Monday Oct. 15th 1000 (CST) for maintenance.

If you have any questions concerning this matter, contact Course Support & Testing Division at 405-954-2437.
Date Information Updated
1 OCT 12 The CG Institute has received its maximum number of students for the October ESO Orientation Course; registration is now closed.

Questions concerning the ESO Orientation course should be directed to GMCM Jacobs at 405-954-7239.
Date Information Updated
26 SEP 12 The CG Institute has eight seats remaining for the 24-25 October ESO orientation course. The orientation course is designed to provide the fundamental skills and knowledge new ESOs require to begin their duties while also providing an orientation to the role of the Coast Guard Institute and its relationship with the field level ESOs. Each attendee will be provided briefings and hands-on training with every business line of the CGI, as well as meet the staff of the Institute. Requests for attendance must be received no later than 09 October.

Questions concerning the ESO Orientation course should be directed to GMCM Jacobs at 405-954-7239.
Date Information Updated
20 SEP 12 The study material for the DWO exams have been changed. The only study material provided will be the NAVRULS International/Inland Book COMDTINST M16672.2D and a set of flash cards. Members are responsible to logon to the NAVCEN website http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=navRulesContent to ensure they have the latest updates to the book. The only material members can take into the exam room for the DWINTR (0702-1) Open Book exam is the NAVRULS book. The only acceptable markings in the book are those denoted changes and updates. The book cannot contain personalized tabs, indexes, or notes.

TACCTS has been updated to reflect this change and these study materials are available under the Course Order option choosing "DWINTO" and "DWINTR" and selecting "Course Material Only" from the drop down menu.

Please contact the CST Division @ 405/954-2437 if you have any questions.
Date Information Updated
18 SEP 12 Effective today the online references within the MST E-Test have been moved and reside within Questionmark vs. the LMS. The link to the references within the system are similar. Each reference document within the link can be accessed by clicking on the description of that reference.

If you have any questions concerning this matter, contact Course Support & Testing Division at 405-954-2437.
Date Information Updated
18 SEP 12 As of today, September 18, 2012, the CGI has begun processing Fiscal Year (FY13) Tuition Assistance (TA) applications for Active Duty, Civilians and USPHS for 01 - 15 October start dates. (Section 4109 of Title 5, United States Code (USC) and Section 2396 (a) 3 of Title 10 USC gives authorization). Send all applications for Oct 1 - 15 2012 course start dates to the Institute for processing; including NCMIS users. Be aware of the student's FY12 TA usage prior to sending any FY13 applications for processing. We cannot exceed the FY12 cap to fulfill tuition requirements for any FY13 applications processed early. It is the member's decision to proceed with early processing and possibly pay tuition out of pocket, or wait until FY13 funding is made available to maximize TA availability. The CGI TAG division is asking for all FY13 applications dated 1 - 15 Oct to be submitted no later than close of business Wednesday, September 26, 2012. If you have any questions concerning this matter, contact Tuition Assistance & Grants Division at 405-954-1360.
Date Information Updated
22 AUG 12 Effective 22AUG12:
In accordance with ALCOAST 046/12, ALL versions of EOCT for OS rating are obsolete. This includes:
OS1 (Course 0138, Edition 2)
OS2 (Course 0238, Edition 2)

New Rating Advancement Test (RAT) for OS1/OS2 are now available upon request. A CD of reference materials will be sent with all test series and is strictly used for testing only. These tests are considered open book, but only the CD can be used for this purpose.

Updated EOCT/RAT Course Info is available on the CGI Website.

Note: All library units are reminded to input their request via TACCTS. For tracking purposes, include your 7 digit OPFAC and complete mailing address.

Non-library units should request enrollment with test on the initial request.

If you have any questions concerning this matter, contact Course Support & Testing Division @ 405/954-2437.
Date Information Updated
14 AUG 12 Effective 14AUG12:
The new Rating Advancement Test (RAT) for AET1 is now available upon request. A CD of reference materials will be sent with all test series requested and is for use during testing. These tests are considered open book, but only the CD of reference materials can be used for this purpose.

Note: All library units are reminded to input their request via TACCTS. Include your 7 digit OPFAC and complete mailing address for tracking purposes.

Non library units should request course enrollment with test upon the initial request.

Updated course information page will be available on the CGI Website.

Any questions please contact CST Division @ 405/954-2437.
Date Information Updated
10 AUG 12 In accordance with ALCOAST 046/12, ALL versions of EOCT for OS rating are obsolete. This includes:
OS1 (Course 0138, Edition 2)
OS2 (Course 0238, Edition 2)

The new Rating Advancement Test (RAT) for OS1/OS2 is not yet available. Notification will be made when the new RAT for OS1/OS2 becomes available.

In accordance with ALCOAST 262/12 ALL versions of EOCT for AET, AMT, and AST ratings are obsolete. This includes:
AET1 (Course 0104, Edition 1)
AET2 (Course 0204, Edition 1)
AMT1 (Course 0106, Edition 2)
AMT2 (Course 0206, Edition 2)
AST1 (Course 0110, Edition 2)
AST2 (Course 0210, Edition 2)

New RATs for Aviation Ratings are now available upon request. A CD of reference materials will be sent with all test series requested and is for use during testing. These tests are considered open book, but only the CD of reference materials can be used for this purpose.

AET2 RATs #51,52,53

AMT1 RATs #51,52,53
AMT2 RATs #51,52,53

AST1 RATs #51,52,53
AST2 RATs #51,52,53

The new Rating Advancement Test (RAT) for AET1 is not available at this time. Notification will be made when the new RAT for AET1 becomes available.

Note: All library units are reminded to input their request via TACCTS. Include your 7 digit OPFAC and complete mailing address for tracking purposes.

Non library units should request enrollment with test on the initial request.

Updated Course Information Page will be available on the CGI Website.

Any questions please contact CST Division @ 405/954-2437.
Date Information Updated
11 Jul 12 CHANGE TO MST SERVICE WIDE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENT

Per COMDTINST 1000.2 (series), the MST Rating Force Manager has made the following change to the service wide exam eligibility requirements for MST2s.

MST2s who have passed MST1 EOCT Course 0134, edition 6 are exempt from taking the new Rating Advancement Test (RAT) for future SWE's. However, the new MST1 RPQS must be completed for advancement in accordance with ALCOAST 033/11.

Please contact the CST Division @ 405/954-2437 if you have any questions.
Date Information Updated
10 Jul 12 REF: ALCOAST 324/12

Effective 10 July 2012: The new IS1 Course Material and End of Course Test versions 51/52/53 Course Code 0190-1 are available for order thru TACCTS. Please be advised to include unit 7 digit OPFAC and complete mailing address in your TACCTS request.

ALCOAST states handling requirements for both test and course materials.

Please contact the CST Division @ 405/954-2437 if you have any questions.
Date Information Updated
27 Jun 12 The IS2 course is for IS personnel ONLY and will be available ONLY via hard copy through the CG Institute. It needs be locked up; storage/file cabinet, desk drawer. For example, if your office can be accessed by anyone but you, (cleaning crews, facilities personnel, etc.) then lock it up in some type of container that only you have access to in order to prevent an unauthorized disclosure. Also, don't store FOUO material in a container approved to store classified material. For dissemination, IS3s working towards advancement to IS2 are the only personnel that should be given full access to the PQG (content and all). CG Recruits DO NOT have need-to-know and should never be given access to the IS2 PQG or any other FOUO material without valid and confirmed need-to-know. For recruits that express an interest in the IS rating, refer them to any pamphlets or other generalized Rating material that you have. IS3s must understand that the IS2 PQG must be properly stored...they can NOT take it home and study at the house or at any other private or public place. It is For Official Use Only and must remain at the "official" job site.

As a reminder, the Investigator courses (IV1 and IV2) should only be ordered for members who are in the investigator field. These courses are restricted to IV personnel and Special Agents ONLY.
Date Information Updated
26 Jun 12 In accordance with ALCOAST 305/12 the revised MK2 course (Course 0232, Edition 6) is now available on the CG Portal. The new MK2 course materials and EOCT's #51/52/53 are available upon request. MK2 0232-5 51/52/53 become obsolete 8/1/2012.

New series - HS2 EOCT's #54/55/56 are now available. HS2 EOCT's #52/53 are obsolete as of 2400 26 June 2012.

Note: all library units are reminded to input their request via TACCTS. Include your 7 digit OPFAC and complete mailing address for tracking purposes.

Non library units should request enrollment with test on the initial request.

Updated Course Information Page will be available on the CGI Website.

Any questions please contact CST Division @ 405/954-2437.
Date Information Updated
15 Jun 12 In accordance with ALCOAST 287/12 the new YN1 EOCT course code 0176-2 test #51/52/53 is available upon request. Course material for the YN1 is only available via the CG Portal. There is no paper copy. Note: all library units are reminded to input their request via TACCTS. Include your 7 digit OPFAC and complete mailing address for tracking purposes.

Non library units should request enrollment with test on the initial request.

Updated Course Information Page will be available on the CGI Website.

Any questions please contact CST Division @ 405/954-2437.
Date Information Updated
31 MAY 12 As per the MST RFMC

MST2s who have passed a previous MST1 End of Course Test are exempt from taking the new RAT for future SWE's. However, the new MST1 RPQS must be completed for advancement in accordance with ALCOAST 033/11.
Date Information Updated
30 MAY 12 Direct Access will be down from 31MAY12 until 15JUN12. The following services will be affected for this time period.

1) The daily upload of EOCT and Rating Advancement Test (RAT) score completion data from TACCTS will be held by the CG Institute until Direct Access is available. Members will not have official results and therefore will not be eligible for the supplemental advancement list. The next Terminal Eligibility Date is for reservists (1 July). Once Direct Access is back online the CG Institute will upload all exam information.

2) ESOs will not be able to enter DLPT exam information into Direct Access during this down time.

3) Transcripts and Assessments will be on hold throughout the duration of the DA downtime. Without DA, the Registrar's office is unable to verify assessment/transcript information.

Any questions please contact the Course Support and Testing at (405) 954-2437 or Registrar's Office at (405) 954-7234.
Date Information Updated
30 MAY 12 When entering EOCT, please enter the actual date the test was taken in the Test date field. Do not enter today's date.

If you entered the wrong date in the test date field, submit a TACCTS ticket with members complete name, EMPLID, and test taken with the actual test date.

Note; You can back date a test up to 30 days by clicking on the test date field. Enter the date the test was administered.

The 21 day will rule will be inaccurate if the member received a non-qualifying score and the actual date of the test was entered incorrectly.

If you have further questions please contact the Institute's Course Support and Testing Division at 405-954-2437.
Date Information Updated
29 MAY 12 The TACCTS test administration function is fully operational. Please enter all exams that were held with the proper date they were administered.

If you have further questions please contact the Institute's Course Support and Testing Division at 405-954-2437.
Date Information Updated
24 MAY 12 The TACCTS test administration function is still not operational. Please continue to proctor manual exams until further notice. When the TACCTS test administration function is fully restored, ESO's will be able to enter information from tests administered using the date the exam was taken.

The Coast Guard Institute will send out notification via TACCTS when the test administration function has been fully restored.

If you have further questions please contact the Institute's Course Support and Testing Division at 405-954-2437.
Date Information Updated
22 MAY 12 US Coast Guard 2012 DOD World Wide Education Symposium and Expo attendance

Per ALCOAST 571/11, FORCECOM and PSC have submitted a group application to obtain approval for a limited number of CG personnel to attend the 2012 DOD World Wide Education Symposium and Expo. The CG personnel that have been chosen to represent the CG Voluntary Education Program have already been notified.

NO OTHER USCG PERSONNEL will be authorized to attend the 2012 DOD World Wide Education Symposium and Expo.  This includes members that were planning on attending the Symposium utilizing unit funds.  Travel approving officials shall not approve requests for orders or settlement requests for members not part of the application request submitted by FORCECOM and PSC to CG-8.
Date Information Updated
21 MAY 12 Effective Immediately - HS2 0230-4 #51 is no longer available for testing purposes due to compromise.  This test should be destroyed and ticket submitted through TACCTS for removal from your inventory.

Please notify CST if you have any questions.
Date Information Updated
21 May 12 Test submission in TACCTS is not working and tests are not coming through.  Please hold off on submitting any EOCT's in TACCTS until further notice.  Any tests that you recently submitted and did not receive email confirmation must be resubmitted once the Test submission feature is back in operation.

We will send out another TACCTS Blast once it is working properly.

If you have any question please contact CST @ 405-954-2437.
Date Information Updated
13 APR 12 Update EOCT Information Page will be available on the CGI website.

In accordance with ALCOAST 171/12, the new BM3 (code 0312-3) course and  test is available. The previous version, BM3 course (code 0312-2) does not go obsolete until 01 Aug 2012.

The ME2 tests (code 0281-1) is available.  The ME2 tests (51-52-53) do not go obsolete until 01 Aug 2012.

The SK3 test 56 is available.  The SK3 test 51 will become obsolete on 01 May 2012.

The EPME-6 test 57 (code 0662-2) is also available.

Note: All library units are reminded to input their request via TACCTS and to include all test requests on one ticket.  Include your 7 digit OPFAC and complete mailing address for tracking purposes.

All EOCT information will be available on the CGI website. If you have any questions, contact Course Support & Testing Division at 405-954-2437.
Date Information Updated
14 MAR 12 E-Testing for (MST) will be unavailable on 17 March (Saturday) due to CG Portal maintenance. The scheduled maintenance affects the on-line references used for the MST exams and these references will be unavailable during this time period. Please make all necessary notifications and alternate arrangements. The system should be back online 18 March.

If you have any questions please contact CST @ 405/954-2437.
Date Information Updated
12 MAR 12 The new MK3 End of Course test versions 51-52-53 course code 0332-6 is available for order. Please be advised to include unit 7 digit OPFAC and complete mailing address in your TACCTS request.

The revised MK3 Course material is available online on the CGPORTAL (HTTPS://ELEARNING.USCG.MIL/CATALOG) or you may order from the CGI.

Current MK3 EOCT versions 51-52-53 course code 0332-5 will become obsolete on 1 August 2012 @ 2400.

Please contact the CST Division @ 405/954-2437 if you have any questions.
Date Information Updated
5 MAR 12 E-Testing for (MST) will be unavailable on 10 March (Saturday) due to CG Portal maintenance.  The scheduled maintenance affects the on-line references used for the MST exams and these references will be unavailable during this time period.  Please make all necessary notifications and alternate arrangements.  The system should be back online 11 March.

If you have any questions please contact CST @ 405/954-2437.
Date Information Updated
28 FEB 12 EOCT re-test "days" rule policy enforcement:  Direct Access (DA) is the CG's official system and should be checked by the ESO on each member requesting to take an EOCT to ensure that the 21-days rule is followed.  When E-Testing is used you may verify the member's "transcript" within the LMS prior to member enrolling in exam or you may verify in DA.

Note:  These instructions will be included in the next change to the ESO SOP VOL II.
Date Information Updated
22 FEB 12 Effective immediately:
EPME-6 0662-2 Test #55 is no longer authorized for testing due to compromise and will be taken offline.  Please remove this test from your inventory and destroy.  Log in your destruction log and notify CST through TACCTS of destruction and for removal from online inventory.

Please contact CST division with any questions @ 405/954-2437.
Date Information Updated
7 FEB 12 Effective 08 February 2012 new YN2 End of Course tests versions 54-55-56 will be available upon request through TACCTS for all library units. Please be advised to include unit 7 digit OPFAC and complete mailing address in your TACCTS request.

Non library units who currently hold the YN2 End of Course Test versions 51-52-53 destroy and note in your destruction log. Once removed ESO's are reminded to request "TEST ONLY" to receive the new test versions for members currently enrolled.

Course material for new YN2 EOCT remains ONLINE "ONLY".

If you have any question contact the CST division. Phone number 405-954-2437 or email: CGI-DG-CST_Div.
Date Information Updated
1 FEB 12 MST 14-Days Rule expires on 1 February (ref: ALCOAST 578/11).  As of 1 February the 21-Days Rule is back in effect for ALL EOCT's.
Date Information Updated
25 JAN 12 E-Testing for MST will be unavailable on 14 February.  Questionmark will be offline on February 14th starting at 0900 for system maintenance.  This will result in the MST RAT being unavailable.  Please make all necessary notifications and alternate arrangements.  The system should be back online by COB 14 February.

Clarification of reference material for E-Test (MST):

Please refer to the ESO SOP Vol II "E-Testing" and the log on screen for MST E-Test and Member Instructions. The first instruction listed under STUDENT INSTRUCTION begins with "1. Do not bring any personal items into the examination room: this includes .............."

The ONLY authorized references for the online test are the electronic references accessible online during the exam.

The ONLY authorized references for the paper-based MST exams are provided on CD with each exam.
Date Information Updated
22 DEC 11 Vols I,II, and III CGI ESO SOPs have been update and are on our website under ESO Essentials. Please take the time to review.
Date Information Updated
16 DEC 12 This message only applies to the MST1 and MST2 eTests.

The references linked from the exams are hosted on the Coast Guard Collaboration site, which has resulted in some members having problems opening the pdf's during their exam.

Most commonly, when the member attempts to open a Pdf document, he/she may receive the error message "Check if the connections are installed in your system."

This error can be avoided by following this procedure: While highlighting the document name, a little blue arrow appears to the right of the document. Individuals need to click the blue arrow to the right of the document and then click "open".  This will allow the reference to open properly.  If you merely click the document name, it may result in the above error.
Date Information Updated
9 DEC 12 This message pertains to Tuition Assistance:  The CG Institute is now accepting FY12 applications for processing.  As per ALCOAST 367/07, please do not submit applications more than three months prior to the course start date.
Date Information Updated
2 DEC 11 Effective immediately (12-2-11) the IIMS 0581-1 is obsolete.  There is currently no replacement exam.  Please destroy and note destruction in log and through TACCTS to have removed from your inventory.  The EOCT Course Information Page has been updated to reflect this change and is posted on the CGI website. Thank you.
Date Information Updated
18 NOV 11 The following is provided to clarify administration of the MST Rating Advancement Test online on a Non-standard Workstation.  A Non-standard workstation may be utilized to access the Learning Management System to administer the MST E-Test.  This method requires the use of a CAC card and a CAC reader.  For assistance with CAC cards or CAC readers, please contact your local ESU.

As always, please feel free to contact the Coast Guard Institute's Course Support & Testing Division for questions/feedback pertaining to any policies or procedures concerning paper or E-testing at CGI-DG-CST_DIV@uscg.mil or (405) 954-2437. Technical issues encountered while taking the exam will continue to be addressed by the OSC HELPDESK at 1-877-USCG-SYS12.
Date Information Updated
2 NOV 11 This message pertains to the Tuition Assistance and Grants (TAG) Division: The TAG Division is now accepting TA applications for the courses with December and January start dates.

Also, currently the TAG Division does not have grant money, but we are accepting applications and placing them on hold. The applications will remain on hold until funding is received or the application submission date is a year old, whichever comes first.

Thank you, TAG Division
Date Information Updated
20 OCT 11 QuestionMark Perception - User Account is required for E-Testing.  When given a user account for this system the OPTION you will choose is "Manager".  The ONLY thing you have access to in this system is the ability to change your password.  The administration of tests is done through the LMS (CG Portal)and when the member launches the test you will be required to sign in using your logon and password.  The SOP for E-Testing is on the CGI website under ESO Essentials > ESO Policy and Procedure Guides and Forms.
Date Information Updated
6 OCT 11 This message is from the Tuition Assistance and Grants (TAG) Division: Due to the assessment requirement to use TA, the TAG Division has incorporated a statement in block 11 on the Application for Coast Guard Tuition Assistance (CGI-4147 (REV 10/2011v4)). The change in verbiage authorizes the CG Institute to access a member's training information to complete an assessment without submitting an Application for Transcript (CGI-1561J (REV 6/11)). The new Application for Coast Guard Tuition Assistance form will be the only version accepted after 14Oct11.

The Application for Transcript form is still available to request assessments and transcripts.
Date Information Updated
5 OCT 11 This message is from the Tuition Assistance and Grants (TAG) Division: The TAG Division is now accepting and processing applications with November course start dates. All applications with start dates after November will remain on hold at this time.

Thank you, TAG Division
Date Information Updated
3 OCT 11 New EPME-4 Edition 3 test #54/55/56 are now available through the CG Institute.  All previous EPME-4 EOCT's are obsolete.  When ordering ensure you include your 7 Digit OPFAC and complete mailing address in your TACCTS ticket.  EOCT Information Page (3 Oct 2011) has been updated and posted on the CGI website.
Last Modified 10/21/2014