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10-13 Standing Rules ICS/NIMS training
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AUXPlus PE NavRules exam and practice tests
Currency Maintenance Test Operations Policy Exam (COXSWAIN, PWC)
Currency Maintenance Requirements-Ops Sector NY Vessel Examiners Info
Crew Manual Training Department - National
Division 10 Proctors TCT Refresher Session
Division 10 Member Training CG MSSEP (Marine Safety) Qualification
DIRAUX West Training Site Coast Guard Indoctrination Training
FingerPrint Technician training Introduction to Personnel and Membership
Instructor aids for BS&S and ABS classes Chief DIRAUX Training Topics site
New National Test Center - 8/2007 e-Testing Site ntc.cgaux.org
Policy for New Members in Approval Pending (AP) Status New BS&S PowerPoint Slides
List of most current Training manuals/exams Maritime Observation Mission (MOM)
Auxiliary Knowledge Base CG Auxiliary History Web site
VE and PV Workshops for 2008 Instructor Workshop 2009
Maintenance of Inflatable PFDs Operations Workshop 2009
Suggested Reading and Reference IMSEP & Good Mate Training    
Initial Indoctrination to Marine Safety (IIMS)  DSC (digital selective calling) Training
Auxiliary Member Benefits Trident Program changes
Ops Manual & Nav Rules Training Documents referenced in TeleComs TQS manual
Individual Planning Guide Ready Bag Contents
D1SR ICS Requirements as of June 2011 New Icon  

D1SR - Member Training Page

Need some help with that pesky NavRules exam?  Take a look at this site for a practice test, or review any of the other links to begin or continue your study of the subject matter needed to pas the exam.  Remember this is a closed book exam that you need a 90% or better to pass.  Raynor Maritime Services also has a site with Navigation Rules practice questions that may help you sharpen your skills or study for the NavRules exam.

Already passed this exam and just need to take your currency maintenance for NavRules.  Click here to go to the open book currency maintenance test.  Scroll to the near the center of the page and look for the NavRules Series 90 Exam.

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This page is devoted to providing tools, tips, and links to opportunities for additional training for the members.  Remember also to keep and open dialog with our member training officer Jeff Jones if there is some type of training you would like that is not listed below, contact him.

For a proctor to allow you to take one of the online certification tests (e.g. for an AUXOP specialty exam), contact one of these Division 10 Proctors:

The new electronic testing center is now online at http://ntc.cgaux.org/.  Effective August 1 2007, you no longer need to register 48 hours in advance to take an on-line proctored exam.  Just make arrangements with one of the proctors above for a date, time and location.

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August 2009 - FEMA independent study, they've fixed the test submission and registration problem, but it is still taking 1-2 business days for exam processing, so it takes at least that long to receive an email with results. Where possible, I recommend that members take the CG ICS courses on the Coast Guard learning site ( http://learning.uscg.mil/default.asp). The registration process is sometimes tricky, but the exam result is instant. Also, once in, members can take the sexual harassment training online along with some of the other mandated training.

June 2009 -  The T-Department has added a new tab on its web site, titled "Qualification Guide". This guide is an “ Individual Development Planning Guide” and will help ALL Auxiliarists determine what qualifications they wish to certify and participate in.  DSO-MT’s may find this document very helpful in developing Training Programs for their District. The table of contents allows the reader to immediately reach a particular section, by clicking on the heading. All links throughout the Guide will be helpful in offering detail about the certifications described. This Guide provides useful instruction to all users and its use will enhance the value to the Auxiliary of those taking advantage of its contents. Fifth District Northern Region developed this document and the training department recognized its incredible potential and wishes to make it available to all of our members! It’s a MUST SEE! Please provide feedback to the BC-TSW (webmaster). http://www.cgaux.org/training/

April 2009 - Slides and instructor aids for BS&S and ABS classes.  Complete copies of all slides for Boating Skills & Seamanship and About Boating Safety courses can be found on the link above.  These slides have been annotated and expanded (with input from several of the Instructors in 10-13), from the original slides released by National.  They are not for public release and have not been officially 'approved' by National, but in all cases the original slide content from national was left and additional comments and/or additional slides were added for all chapters.  eMail Bruce Pugh if you see any errors or have suggestions for additions or clarifications to any of these slides.  You will need a userid and password to get to this page.

March 2009 - A New Online Course - Introduction to Personnel and Membership, is now available on Auxiliary eLearning. This course will be of interest to anyone who would like to learn how to recruit, enroll or retain members. It takes the student through the subject matter in a systematic way, introducing existing and new Auxiliary materials and evaluating the student’s progress. The course should be particularly useful to new personnel services officers and flotilla commanders, who have an essential role in enrolling new members. You can access the course at: You may need to create an Aux eLearn account if this is your first visit.

August 2008 - Telecommunications Personal Qualifications Standards - The TQS (TeleCom Qualifications Standards) manual will reference pieces of numerous other documents and manuals.  To access the full text of these additional reference materials, click here for the URL links to these other related documents.

August 2008 - New Operations Courses Available on eLearn

Two new courses, Operations Policy and Navigation Rules, are now available on eLearn. Operations Policy reviews the Operations Policy manual, preparing you to take the test, a prerequisite for Coxswain, PWC Operator, and several Aviation quals. Navigation Rules reviews COLREGS, preparing you for the NavRules70 exam, a prerequisite for Coxswain and PWC Operator, as well as the 5 year recertification exam. eLearn is an online training resource sponsored by the National Training Department.


National Training Department http://www.cgaux.org/training/

July 2008 - Changes to Trident Education Requirements

Trident Update Bulletin 2008-01 describes the change in the educational requirements for both the MS Training Ribbon and Trident device. The change brings these requirements into compliance with the ICS requirements established in ALAUX 002/07.

http://www.auxmdept.org/pdf_files/2008_TridentBulletin2008-01.pdf (PDF: 1 page / 125KB)

June 2008 - Auxiliary Member Benefits Presentation and Flyer.  The Personnel department has produced a Members benefits presentation and flyer, for use in recruiting new members, and for training at flotilla meetings.

Presentation: http://www.auxpdept.org/pdf/member benefits.pps
Flyer: http://www.auxpdept.org/pdf/benifitsflyer.pdf

June 2008 - DSC Radio Tutorial Available

The BoatU.S. interactive tutorial on DSC Radio is a great asset for all boaters, including Auxiliarists and the general public. This online tutorial reveals much information about Rescue 21 and the proper use of Digital Selective Calling (DSC) radios.

See http://www.boatus.com/foundation/dsc/player.html

May 2008 - The independent study course on the FEMA site has been updated to 800b, National Response Framework An Introduction. This document (800b) is the third version of the training which has been updated to reflect the new NRF (National Response Framework).  Anyone who has previously taken either earlier version of 800 is compliant and DOES NOT have to take the newest version.  It is  recommended that those who have taken a previous version read the 4-page 'what's new....' NRF document ( http://www.fema.gov/pdf/emergency/nrf/whatsnew.pdf) to get an understanding of what has changed from the National Response Plan.  Members who have not yet taken an 800 level course may take the 800b course and will be in full compliance.

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April 2008 - Suggested Reading.  Here are some suggested reading and reference books from our Member Training officer.

Small-Boat Seamanship Manual

edited by Richard  N. Aarons


International Marine/McGraw Hill

ISBN 0-07-146882-X


Based on U.S. Coast Guard Boatcrew Seamanship Manual  (even seems to have the same typos)   Since the CG Boatcrew Seamanship Manual is only available on CD, this book for $19.95  is less expensive that printing it out or having it printed commercially.



Nautical Rules of the Road

by B.A. Farnworth

1983  2nd edition

Cornell Maritime Press, Inc

ISBN 0-87033-308-9


Various editions prices starting around $ 12.00 Try for the latest edition that you can find.  It’s claim to fame is – it explains the why and hows of various rules making them easier to understand.



Stability and Trim for the Ship’s Officer

edited by William E. George

1983 third edition

Cornell Maritime Press, Inc

ISBN 0-87033-297-X


A study for large vessels.  Explain stability, trim & related problems.  Quite a bit of math, some parts are easier to understand.  The only book I have found that address the subject.



The 12 Volt Bible for Boats

by Minor K Brotherton


published by International Marine

P.O. Box 220

Camden, Me04843

ISBN 0-07-156091-2



A basic primer on boat electrical systems, easy reading.

April 2008 - Training materials for the Introduction to Marine Safety and Environmental Protection exam can be found on the National "M" department site.  The IMSEP exam is available online at the National Testing CenterSelect "take a Test" from the Options in the center. The Good Mate training materials also on the M department site with the exam also at the  National Testing Center

April 2008 - Coast Guard & Coast Guard Auxiliary eLearning online courses.

Coast Guard Indoctrination covers the following areas, which should be of interest to any Auxiliarist and especially beneficial to our new members.

  • Rendering salutes and greetings
  • Recognizing ranks, rates, and badges
  • Displaying proper grooming standards
  • Wearing various uniforms
  • Identifying shipboard structures and various vessels and aircraft

SAR Fundamentals (e-SAR) Course 0432-01 should be of interest to any participant in boat crew, Aux Air, or mobile comms programs.

This course is divided into three modules. 

Module 1 - SAR Organization - provides familiarity with the overall Search and Rescue system, roles and responsibilities  within, legal implications, and public affairs.  It is based on real life SAR cases and will require you to make  judgments on the given facts.

Module 2 - SAR Planning - involves the application of skills and knowledge of SAR planning.  You will be required to use the information on the execution of a search and rescue case, including communications, search patterns, and environmental effects.  It will present SAR cases and will require you to take actions.

Module 3 - SAR Coordination and Execution - involves the coordination and execution of a search and rescue case.  It provides examples of SAR cases that present information related to the duties of the On Scene Coordinator with the progression of actual SAR scenarios.  These scenarios will lead to a final SAR exercise.  You will be asked to respond to these situations by providing the most appropriate actions to be taken.  The SAR exercise will help prepare you for final exam.

You can access these course via the T Department ELearning page: http://www.cgaux.org/training/TETrain.html

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December 2007 - TCT Refresher session requirements for 2008.  See the 2008 TCT Facilitator Guide and the optional 2008 TCT Participant Reference guide for more details. This year there is also a Slide presentation to assist the facilitator in running the session. This session must be completed by all surface operations Auxiliarists prior to December 31, 2008.

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November 2007 - I Department How to Library.  The purpose of this site is to enhance the technical support services provided to I-CS Officers. It is designed to augment the National IT Department newsletter Bits & Bytes. Topics include How to: Use the eDirectory, How to: Use AUXINFO to determine IT & Aide Hours, How to: Update Personal Info in AUXDATA, and many, many more. Presentations are available as PPT or PDF.


October 2007 - REMINDER: Auxiliary Knowledge Base is Available to Answer Many Frequently Asked Questions

The Auxiliary Knowledge Base (www.kb.cgaux.info) has the answer to many of your frequently asked questions. Currently there are over 410 questions and related answers. Topics covered include use of the Chain of Leadership and Management, member training, Coast Guard Policy, and much more.

October 2007 - From the M-Department at National [Marine Safety (Prevention) Department] - MOM (Maritime Observation Mission) Patrol Presentation Available

The Communication & Education Division of the Marine Safety (Prevention) Department has a PDF available for download on the Maritime Observation Mission (MOM) program.


September 2007 - "Instructor Development Course" update - Per e-mail from DSO-PE of 19 September 2007.

A number of questions have reached me regarding the current procedure for qualifying new instructors and the annual requirements for maintaining the qualification. The new program is called the, "Instructor Development Course." The structure is similar to the boat crew program in that there are task requirements that are signed off by a Mentor. In this case, any currently qualified instructor can function as a Mentor. There is also an online test. Complete instructions and links for downloading the course material have been added to the PE website. Begin by going to the PE website at http://www.cgaux1sr.org/staff_pages/PE/pe.htm. Scroll down to the "New Links" heading and click on "How to become an Auxiliary Instructor." Everything that is needed to take and complete the course can be found there.

This e-mail also announced the reinstatement of a mandatory annual IT currency maintenance workshop beginning in 2008.

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09/10/2007 - BS&S 13 Edition: PowerPoint Slides and Instructor Guides Available

The E Department has the new PowerPoint slides for the 13th edition of the BS&S text available for download at http://www.cgauxed.org/elib/courses/bss.htm. Chapters can be downloaded individually or in one large ZIP file http://www.cgauxed.org/elib/courses/bss/BSS_13th_ed/BSS_ALL.zip which includes the Instructor Guides (Warning this is a LARGE 67+ Meg zip file)

Users without the full version of PowerPoint can download Microsoft Office PowerPoint Viewer 2007. Microsoft Office PowerPoint Viewer 2007 lets you view full-featured presentations created in PowerPoint 97 and later versions.

08/27/2007 - List to Determine Latest Revision of Training Courses

Have you ever wondered if the program qualification guide, AUXOP course book, or exam you are about to use is current and aligned with the material you have studied? Wonder no more. Visit the National Training Department and on the left side of the home page select "Current Documentation Revision List". This PDF document provides a list of the current revision of training material required for program qualification and AUXOP courses. All items listed have been reviewed by responsible departments and confirmed as the latest revision. Earlier or previous editions of training material are obsolete and should not be used or retained.


08/07/2007 - From: CHDIRAUX
Subj: New Electronic National Testing Center -022/07

1. NACO, COMO Budar, announces the opening of the new electronic National Testing Center, along with new policies and log-in procedures.

2. For more information, click here:


April 2007 - Operations Workshop.  This is the Operations Workshop PowerPoint presentation (required each year for 10-13) and is a good refresher anytime.  If you missed the presentation by Pat, please review these slides.  This is a large 21 meg PowerPoint file

February 2007 - Operations Policy training Exam - The exam, a 30 question open book exam, covers surface operations policies located the Operations Policy Manual COMDTINST M16798.3 (series) and Chapter 4 of the Coast Guard Addendum to the United States National Search and Rescue Supplement (NSS) COMDTINST M16130.2 (series). A score of 90% is required to pass the exam.

The exam is available through the Auxiliary National Testing Center at:  US Coast Guard Auxiliary - National Testing Center

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January 2007 - Surface Operations Currency maintenance requirements have changed effective 1/1/2007.  See National Operations Department for details.

December 2006 - New boat Crew manual effective January 1, 2007 - COMDTINST M16794.51A

November 2006 - Standing Rules and Rules of order.  A simplified guide to parliamentary procedure adopted for use by the Auxiliary is has been posted hereAlso posted here are the 10-13 Standing Rules as revised in November of 2003 .

October 2006 - For other training opportunities around the district given by other divisions and flotillas  see the Division 10 Member training page about half way down the page.

September 2006 - Boat Crew Program Changes.  There are a number of changes in the works and nearing final approvals.  See notice on the Chief Directors Surface Operations page which will give you a summary of changes including currency maintenance and frequency of QE check rides. or go directly to the Department of Operations SITREP for details.

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August 2006

AuxPlus PE Now Available for Flotilla Use

AuxPlus PE, the new Public Education utility, is now available for flotilla use. In addition to keeping flotilla PE records in an easy to use database, added features include: printable class schedules, welcome letters, wallet cards, certificates, and more. Available for Mac or PC, it is recommended the narrated, self running overview tutorial be downloaded first, then the actual AuxPlus PE program. See how this new program can help organize your flotilla PE records.


E-Learning Update

SkillSoft on-line learning courses are now available to Auxiliarists. These courses are very well suited for Auxiliarists with Information Technology learning needs, but can be a helpful tool in other areas of personal development. Instructions on how to secure a SkillSoft license can be found on the National Training Department website, Member Training page.


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ATTN ALL vessel examiners of Sector New York for some exciting opportunities. As you may be aware, SECNY has decided to employ auxiliary members to assist the Marine Safety Office. What you may not be aware of are two great opportunities for vessel examiners the Uninspected Passenger and Uninspected Towing Vessel Examiners qualifications. These programs are similar to the Commercial Fishing Vessel Program but instead of performing voluntary inspections of fishing vessels, examiners would be performing voluntary inspections on charter boats and tugboats.

Without auxiliary assistance the Coast Guard would not be able to do these inspections and as we all know voluntary inspections do save lives.  If you are interested the Job Postings are as follows (please also keep our flotilla member training officer informed if you apply):

Uninspected Passenger Vessel Examiner

 Coast Guard Sector New York (SECNY) is soliciting for responsible person(s) to assist in the voluntary inspection of charter boats (six packs) in the SECNY area.  Qualified person(s) will have 1 or more years experience as a Vessel Examiner (VE).

 Qualifications:  VE with 1 or more years experience.

 Willing to train/work a varying schedule.

 Will receive mission specific training from SECNY

Contact:  Thomas Cadwallader, DSO-MSE 1SR, 914-962-9788, tdcadwallader@earthlink.net

Thomas Cadwallader
District Staff Officer Marine Safety & Environmental Protection, First Southern
1630 Overhill Street
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Uninspected Towing Vessel Examiner

Coast Guard Sector New York (SECNY) is soliciting for responsible person(s) to assist in the voluntary inspection of tugboats in the SECNY area.  Qualified person(s) will have 1 or more years experience as a Vessel Examiner (VE).

Qualifications:  VE with 1 or more years experience.

Willing to train/work a varying schedule.

Will receive mission specific training from SECNY

Contact:  Thomas Cadwallader, DSO-MSE 1SR, 914-962-9788, tdcadwallader@earthlink.net

Thomas Cadwallader
District Staff Officer Marine Safety & Environmental Protection, First Southern
1630 Overhill Street
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

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To become a Finger Print technician. -  Complete the online exam at the link below. Practice rolling prints then submit 3 sample fingerprint cards.

    Below is the link for the online training and exam:
Userid and password will be required to access the Training department moodle site.
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USCG On-line Testing Site, provides links to many on-line course examinations.  Included on this site are links to the IT, VE, and RSVP exams, the NavRules Series 90 open book currency maintenance exam, etc.

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The Department of Training is pleased to introduce three Value-Added Training courses: Electronic Communications (20 pages), Influencing The Spectator Fleet (11 pages), and Program Management (26 pages).

These courses explore new information that is interesting and of value in Auxiliary, professional and/or personal life. Access these new courses at the Value Added Training section of the "T" Department's Members page.

Electronic Communications
Influencing The Spectator Fleet
Program Management


July 2008 Update -

The Coast Guard version of ICS 100 and 200 is available online for members (requires an empid and last name as username and password, respectively) at the CG learning portal. Members may find it at http://learning.uscg.mil, logging in, selecting course catalog, then Incident Command System from the list on the left side of the page. This version of ICS 100 and 200 may be of greater interest to some members than the FEMA counterparts.

Incident Command System 100 Here are some links for documentation and training on the Incident Command System 100 course.  Incident Command System (ICS) Orientation is designed to help the student understand the principles of the Incident Command System and to briefly acquaint the student with the basic ICS structure and terminology. ICS Orientation is intended for personnel assigned to an incident or event who have a limited understanding of ICS. This course introduces the student to ICS Organization, Basic Terminology and Common Responsibilities. The student will acquire the skills necessary to perform in an ICS support role.

*** Update July 2006 *** - ICS100 is now available from the Coast Guard training site and has been tailored to align more closely with the Coast Guard mission and activities.  You will need your Auxiliary ID and password (last name) to login to this site.

ICS200 - Required for Coxswains, pilots, and Auxiliary leaders.  To prep for the exam, read Chapters 4, 5 & 6 from the 7th District site[Link broken as of 12/2006 try FEMA Independent Study site for ICS courses].  Go to the FEMA web site to take the exam.  The on-line course materials are also available from the FEMA site where you take the exam.

Incident Command System IS-700 or the National Incident Management System (NIMS) is available at the FEMA web site.  On February 28, 2003, President Bush issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive-5. HSPD-5 directed the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop and administer a National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.

IS-800 - National Response Plan - Required for Coxswains, pilots, and Auxiliary leaders.  See the FEMA web site for further information.

From May 2008 - The independent study course on the FEMA site has been updated to 800b, National Response Framework An Introduction. This document (800b) is the third version of the training which has been updated to reflect the new NRF (National Response Framework).  Anyone who has previously taken either earlier version of 800 is compliant and DOES NOT have to take the newest version.  It is  recommended that those who have taken a previous version read the 4-page 'what's new....' NRF document ( http://www.fema.gov/pdf/emergency/nrf/whatsnew.pdf) to get an understanding of what has changed from the National Response Plan.  Members who have not yet taken an 800 level course may take the 800b course and will be in full compliance.

From April 2007 eNews - IS (ICS) Courses Available on CD-ROM

Would you like a CD with all of the coursework (and then some!) for ICS?  The CD’s are available for you…all you need to do is ask.  In fact, CD’s are available from two sources:

  • FEMA:  All classroom materials for IS-100, 200, 300 and 400 to include student materials, instructional guides and classroom videos are available through the FEMA Publications Office on a CD. To order the CD you may call 1-800-480-2520 Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. You may also write to the following address: FEMA, PO Box 2012, Jessup, MD 20794-2012. 

  • *** Note This was an error in eNews, FEMA is NOT providing CDs ***

  • ANSC:  A CD can also be obtained via the ANSC.  This CD contains student courses and tests for IS 100, 200, 700 and 800 as well as instructor courses for 100 and 700. Additionally, there is a history of the ICS system and the graph with deadlines for completing the courses.  E-mail links for taking the courses online are also provided.  The ANSC information for ordering is ANSC# 2009 - CD-ROM, INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEM (ICS) - Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary NIMS/NRP/ICS Training.  (MAX 1)   (REV. 03/2006).  These can be obtained via your flotilla Materials Officer shortly.

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There is also an excellent training site maintained by the Director of Auxiliary -  DIRAUX West for the 7th district.


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