The Boarding Officer Qualification Support Program (BOQSP) is designed to provide a foundation in applicable legal concepts, stressing both self-paced (E-Learning Course) and practical experience (Resident Course) in maritime law enforcement operations. This aggressive qualification program, involving multiple facets of training, requires commitment from unit, student, and staff to manage both time and LECQI certification requirements.
Due to the accelerated pace of instruction, personnel enrolling in the BOPC should be high performing and experienced BTMs. Excellent candidates for the BOPC are prior graduates of the MLEA’s BTM resident course, ME “A” school graduates, as well as individuals with prior law enforcement experience.
Eligibility Criteria for the BOQSP (combined E-Learning course and resident course):
The Boarding Officer Support Program consists of the following parts:
- Unit has capacity to support qualification process: LECQI reviews and certification (practical evaluation/boarding experience)
- Unit willing to dedicate individual's IDT periods to E-Learning program and OJT certification
- E-4 and above
- Certified Coast Guard Boarding Team Member.
- Available and willing to serve ADT during one of the 2-week BOPC convenings
- Committed to completing program syllabus, including dedicating IDT/ADT time to the program
- Recommended by command and command is prepared to meet additional unit support requirement
Part 1. Introduction to Maritime Law Enforcement Course (E-Learning): Web-based course consisting of computer-based modules and a comprehensive final exam (Learning Management System Course Code's: 501852A-D). E-Learning is available at the USCG Learning Portal.
Part 2. Boarding Officer Practical Course (BOPC): Two-week resident course held at the Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement Academy in Charleston, SC.
Part 3. On-the-Job Training (OJT): Training for area specific tasks and remaining LECQI items, conducted at the unit level. This will include the actual LECQI sign off for each member.
Part 4. Oral Board and Unit Certification: Conducted at the Unit level for evaluating members’ knowledge, skills, maturity, and judgment for final certification as a Boarding Officer.
Potential candidates shall complete the online BOQSP Enrollment Form by clicking the link below. Upon submission the form will automatically email the candidates command representative. The command shall endorse the request and then forward it to the BOQSP Manager.
LT David K. Clifford
U. S. Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement Academy