The final step in the process of qualifying for Boat Crew member, Coxswain, or Personal Watercraft Operator is an examination by a Qualification Examiner (QE). Under the QE's direction, the trainee will complete a dockside oral examination and an underway check ride.
The Operations and Training Officer (OTO) is responsible for certifying that a Boat Crew, Coxswain, or Personal Watercraft Operator candidate is ready for assignment to duty and able to function safely and effectively as part of (or a leader of) a team on an Auxiliary surface vessel. The OTO has appointed Auxiliary Qualification Examiners (QEs) to perform the examinations and to then provide a certification recommendation about a candidate. Auxiliary Qualification Examiners "work" for the USCG OTO and are not a part of the Auxiliary chain of leadership. There are 24 QEs in the Ninth District Western Region serving in three geographic areas.
The Chief Qualification Examiner Coordinator (CQEC) is an auxliarist, appointed by the Director, with the concurrance of the District Commodore, to work with the Auxiliary Operations and Training Officer (OTO) to oversee the QE program. Our District CQEC is:
The Area QE Coordinator (AQEC) is an auxliarist, appointed by the Director, with the concurrance of the District Commodore, to work with the Auxiliary Operations and Training Officer (OTO) to administer the Boat Crew, Coxswain, and Personal Watercraft Operator training programs. There are 3 AQECs, and one QE at-large in the NinthDistrict Western Region.They are assigned according to the following Coast Guard Station list:
Requests for a 3rd year check ride are made to the AQEC by your FC, FSO-OP or FSO-MT. These request forms can be found in the Auxiliary Boat Crew Training Manual ( COMDTINST M16794.51A ) dated January 2007 (Appendix F and G). There are links to forms and manuals listed below. The request is made to the AQEC according to which CG Station issues the patrol orders for the check ride.
Requests for Boat Crew or Coxswain dockside oral examination and check ride is also made to the AQEC after both the trainee and the assigned mentor feel the trainee has completed all tasks so that he/she can perform the tasks efficiently, safely, and without prompting.
We encourage you (Crew or Coxswain) to practice your skills on the same Auxiliary Facilty (AUXFAC) that you will be doing your check ride.
As a candidate for Boat Crew or Coxswain you must demonstrate the skill, ability and endurance to perform all qualification tasks utilizing the process established in the appropriate qualification guide as established by the Commandant.
The Q.E. can cancel the check ride at anytime if he has concerns about safety of the crew or AUXFAC. The AUXFAC must be properly equipped.
Here are some suggestions that may help you be successful with your Boat Crew check ride
The phrase "line in the water" is not listed in our manuals, but common usage is that it means a "HAZARD" and should NOT be used to report a tow line that routinely dips in the water with good catenary.
The QEs are frequently asked why we have anchoring as a qualification task since "we never anchor on patrol". The answer is that "if we should ever have to anchor, it will probably be under less than ideal conditions and if we didn't have it as a task, we'd never practice it".
Here are some suggestions that may help you be successful with your Coxswain check ride
Remember, the QE can and will ask you about any basic Crew topic during the third year check ride. Go back to your initial oral board and review tasks such as:
This is not an exhaustive list; however, the questions WILL NOT be trick questions. We want you to pass, not fail!
Those who take the third year check ride (Boatcrew or Coxswain) will be asked to complete a QE evaluation and mail it to the OTO.
Good luck with your check ride!
Chief QE Coordinator (CQEC)
Crewmember Check Ride Evolutions
Coxswain Check Ride Evolutions
Program Qualification Letter
PWC Check Ride Evolutions
QE Application Form
QE Request Form
QE in Training Checkoff Sheet
Third Year Currency Maintenance