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New Foreign Passnger Vessel Examiner Performance and Qualification Standard Workbook

R 051407Z FEB 14

A. ALCOAST 336/13
B. U.S. Coast Guard Sector Organization Manual, COMDTINST M5401.6 (Series)
C. Mandatory Use of the Training Management Tool, COMDTINST 5270.2 (Series)

1. Reference (a) introduced a new single performance standard that is being used to develop and validate all Marine Inspection Performance and Qualification Standards (PQS). In accordance with reference (a), this message promulgates a new Foreign Passenger Vessel Examiner (FPVE) PQS.

A. The new FPVE PQS is now required as per references (b) and (c) for anyone beginning to pursue the FPVE certification. The PQS and training aid specific to foreign passenger vessels are available electronically on the Learning Management System (LMS). The Port State Control Examiner (PSCE) single performance standard is currently in development, so the FPVE job aid is not yet available. This document will be posted upon completion of the PSCE single performance standard.

B. Members currently working to qualify with the old PQS must complete their certification no later than 6 months from the release of this message. Members who cannot qualify with the old PQS by this time must complete the new FPVE PQS.

C. Members previously certified as FPVEs are not required to complete the new PQS workbook. However, it is strongly recommended that all previously certified FPVEs review the content of the new PQS workbook as they will be responsible for understanding and applying the content during the recertification process and during inspections.

D. All Verifying Officers(VO) must be familiar with the new PQS content, particularly the task, condition, steps, and VO Guidance. Not all steps supporting a task need to be completed at the same time. However, all steps must be completed prior to signing off the task. Additionally, the VO must take into account the VO guidance when determining successful completion of a step and task.

2. The PQS contains several new prerequisites including completion of the Advanced Foreign Passenger Vessel Examiner Course (500317), completion of the Cruise Ship Rider Performance Guide, and completion of one Port State Control Officer or one Domestic Marine Inspector competency. The preamble of the FPVE PQS discusses the possible deferment of these prerequisites and the acceptable deferment timelines.

3. Upon completion of the new FPVE PQS workbook, unit training officers shall enter the proper data into the Training Management Tool (TMT) in accordance with reference (d).

4. The FPVE PQS also aligns with the FPVE Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTP) that were announced via ALCOAST 546/13.

5. All current PQS, including the new FPVE PQS, is available on the LMS within CG Portal at, Select the Applications tab, then LMS. Use course code 502264 to search the LMS catalog for the new FPVE PQS.

6. The Cruise Ship Rider Performance Guide is available here.

7. Questions or comments regarding the FPVE PQS should be submitted via the standard feedback form at the end of the PQS workbook.

CAPT K. P. McAvoy, Chief, Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance, sends.

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