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DWO Policies
Deck Watch Officer International/Inland - Original (DWINTO)
  • Initial DWO exam, required if member has not previously passed the DWO Exam or if it has been over five years since the date of the last examination with a passing score.
  • This is a closed book exam, no reference material is authorized.
Deck Watch Officer International/Inland Renewal (DWINTR)
  • Renewal DWO exam, eligible if member has previously passed an initial DWO exam or a renewal exam within the last five years.
  • Test is open book. Examinee may use a like new, corrected-to-date, but otherwise unmarked copy of the Navigation Rules, International-Inland, COMDTINST M16672.2 (series) book. The book can not contain personalized tabs, indexes, or notes.
  • If the member fails to successfully complete a renewal DWO exam within five years, they must revert back to the initial DWO exam (DWINTO).
Approved Rules of the Road Courses
  • Members may receive credit for completion of the DWO exam by taking some Rules of the Road courses that contain Module Number 054XX (the last two may be any number).
  • To get these results entered into DA for the member:
    • Member should provide to the ESO a copy of the course completion certificate.
    • Check the the National Maritime Center (NMC) listing of approved courses to ensure school/course is approved.
    • Certificates should be scanned and attached to a TACCTS ticket to the CST Division. Use the description CERTIFICATE FOR DWO CREDIT ENTRY IN DA .
  • Under no circumstances shall the SPO enter credit for the DWINTO into Direct Access.
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Last Modified 9/19/2013