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The Trident Program. The Auxiliary Member Training and Qualifications Program for Support of US Coast Guard Marine Safety and Environmental Protection Programs. Your Objective: Full Qualification in the Marine Safety Community. Purposes of the Program.

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the trident program

The Trident Program

The Auxiliary Member Training and Qualifications Program for Support of

US Coast Guard Marine Safety and

Environmental Protection Programs

purposes of the program
Purposes of the Program
  • To provide baseline training and qualifications for members participating in the Auxiliary’s Marine Safety and Environmental Protection program
  • To standardize Auxiliary training and certification requirements in MS/MEP areas
  • To prepare Auxiliary members to effectively integrate into the Coast Guard’s M community
trident program completion and award criteria for m device
Trident Program Completion and Award Criteria for M Device
  • The Auxiliary Marine Safety (M) device will be awarded to persons who complete all of the “three points of the Trident” …

- Education

- Service

- Practical Skills (PQSs)

i education requirements
I. Education Requirements
  • A. Introduction to Marine Safety Course


  • B. Advanced Course Group (ADV-MS/MEP)
    • Intro to Marine Inspection Course (IIMI)**
    • Intro to Port Operations Course (IIPO)**
    • The Incident Command Course (ICS-100)
    • The Good Mate Course


** These two courses are presently suspended as prerequisites courses because they are pending revision by the USCG.

a introduction to marine safety
A. Introduction to Marine Safety
  • Provides introduction to MS/MEP activities

1. MS/MEP Organization & Mission

2. Marine Safety Program

3. Marine Environmental Protection

4. Planning and Emergency Management

5. Port Security and Waterways Management

6. Program Management, Administration & Information Services

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A. Introduction to Marine Safety

1. Organization and Mission

Coast Guard Marine Safety Organization

  • History and Organization
  • MSM, Chapter One

Auxiliary Marine Safety Program

  • Who We Are
  • Goals, Objectives and Missions
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A. Introduction to Marine Safety

2. Marine Safety Program

  • Harbor Patrols (HARPATS)
  • Container Inspection Support
  • Uninspected Passenger Vessel (UPV) Examinations
  • Ferry Examinations
  • Commercial Fishing Vessel Examinations
  • Boating Safety Factory Visit Program
  • “Dockwalkers” Marina Visitation Program
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A. Introduction to Marine Safety

3. Marine Environmental Protection

  • “Sea Partners” Education & Public Affairs Program
  • Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Mitigation
  • Environmental Education Initiatives
    • “Good Mate” Program (Ocean Conservancy)
    • “Officer Snook” Program (J. Savin, FL)
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A. Introduction to Marine Safety

3. Marine Environmental Protection (cont’d)

  • Clean Vessel Act Support
  • Clean Marina Program Support
  • Debris Monitoring & Beach Cleanup Programs
  • Marine Mammal Monitoring
  • HAZMAT/HAZWOPER Education & Patrol Support
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A. Introduction to Marine Safety

4. Planning and Emergency Management

  • Incident Command System
  • Auxiliary Guidelines for Emergency Planning
  • Coast Guard Support for Local and Area Planning
  • Guidelines for Cooperation and Team Building for Emergency Response at State & Local Levels
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A. Introduction to Marine Safety

5. Port Security and Waterways Mgmt.

- Harbor Safety Patrols

  • Abandoned Vessel Surveys
  • Marine Transportation System (MTS) Support
  • Harbor Safety Committee Support
  • Public Affairs and Public Information Support
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A. Introduction to Marine Safety

6. Management, Admin. & Information Services

  • Budgeting and Personnel Records
  • Program Vision, Missions, Objectives and Timelines
  • “Three C’s: Communication, Coordination, Customer Service
  • Collection and Publication of Best Practices in Marine Safety
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A. Introduction to Marine Safety

6. Program Management, Administration & Information Services (cont’d)

  • Travel and Expense Management
  • Website Management and Maintenance
  • Management and Administration of Marine Safety Components of the AUXDATA System
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A. Introduction to Marine Safety
  • Presented NACON 02; Available, Fall 02
  • Offered through the Coast Guard Institute
  • Available both as e-course and hard copy
  • Provides CEUs and ACE accreditation
  • Utilizes new learning management software (Blackboard 5):
    • Available at
    • Provides continuous feedback on progress
b advanced course group

B. Advanced Course Group

1. Intro to Port Operations Course (IIPO)**

2. Intro to Marine Inspection Course(IIMI)**

3. The Good Mate Course (MEP)

4. The Incident Command Course (ICS100)


**These two courses are currently suspended as prerequisites pending

revisions by the USCG

1 the port operations course
1. The Port Operations Course
  • Provides introductory knowledge for those entering the marine safety field who are assigned port safety, security, and/or response duties.
  • Environmental response and investigation.
  • Merchant vessel boardings
  • Waterfront Inspections
  • Baseline for Marine Safety Information Systems (MSIS and MISLE).
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1. The Port Operations Course
  • What: Excerpt from Course
    • > Introductory Chapter (presently suspended as a prerequisite pending revision by the USCG)
  • Where Do I Find It?
  • This course is available onlyinprintedform from the Coast Guard Institute…

Order through DIRAUX/OTO

      • Please supply the following:
      • Short Title: IIPO
      • Course Code-Edition: 0585-1
2 the marine inspection course
2. The Marine Inspection Course
  • Provides introductory knowledge for those entering the marine safety field who are assigned marine inspection duties.
  • Merchant vessel certificates, documents and boardings.
  • Marine Safety Information Systems (MSIS and MISLE).
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2. The Marine Inspection Course

What: Excerpt from Course

--> Introductory Chapter (presently suspended as a prerequisite pending revision by the USCG}

Where Do I Find It?

  • The Course is available in printed form only -- through your DIRAUX/OTO from the CG Institute
  • Order this course using the following:
    • Short Title: IIMI
    • Course Code-Edition: 0580-1
3 the good mate course
3. The Good Mate Course
  • Provides information on various ecosystems that make up the marine environment.
  • Describes sources of marine pollution and statutes for environmental quality.
  • Describes impacts of recreational boating on the marine environment and offers best management practices for improvements.
3 the good mate course1
3. The Good Mate Course
  • Where do I find it?
    • Available now in printed form from the Auxiliary Center, along with Study Guide, Video and subject area brochures.
    • On-Line and in printed form from the CG Institute. (Course and study guide will be on-line by Fall, 2002.)
    • Web address:
4 incident command course ics 100
4. Incident Command Course (ICS 100)

Incident Command System (ICS Level 100)

  • Designed to help the student understand the principles of the Incident Command System

(ICS) and how to use it.

  • Acquaints the student with basic ICS structure, terminology and usage in emergency response situations.
4 the incident command course
4. The Incident Command Course

Where Do I Find It?

  • The course is available in printed form from the Coast Guard Institute
  • Place order through the DIRAUX/OTO
  • Order from the Coast Guard Institute:
    • Short Title: ICSORI
    • Course Code-Edition: 0590-1
4 the incident command course1
4. The Incident Command Course

Alternate Sources for this Course:

  • FEMA (
  • State Emergency Management Agency
  • Local fire/emergency response training
  • Local Coast Guard units
  • National Fire Service
ii service requirements
II. Service Requirements
  • Completion of at least 384 hours in direct or administrative support of the Marine Safety program over a period of at least 4 years.
  • For a single year to count toward qualification for the device, at least 96 hours must be recorded in AUXMIS/AUXDATA for that year.
  • Hours recorded beginning 1 January 1997 will serve to qualify.
  • Years need not be consecutive to be credited.                
iii practical skill areas pqs s
III. Practical Skill Areas - PQS’s
  • Completion of requirements from at least four approved Auxiliary MS/MEP Personal Qualifications Summary (PQS) guides.
  • PQSs may be from Coast Guard or Auxiliary list of approved items
  • Completion of Coast Guard PQS’s for Active Duty and Reserve members as listed in COMDTNOTE 16000 -- Change 12 to the MSM -- will also satisfy this requirement.
list of approved pqs areas
List of Approved PQS Areas

The following Auxiliary-Specific PQS Areas are approved for qualification for the Auxiliary M device:

  • Assistant Container Inspector
  • Assistant Facilities Inspector
  • Assistant Liferaft Inspector
  • Auxiliary Uninspected Passenger Vessel (UPV) Examiner
  • Auxiliary Marine Environmental Education Specialist
  • Auxiliary Port State Control Boarding Team Assistant
  • Auxiliary Marine Safety Watchstander
  • Auxiliary Marine Safety Administrative and Management Specialist____________________________________________________

» Note: (All PQS documents are undergoing a final content review

and should be approved by end of October, 2002)

additional pqs areas continued
Additional PQS Areas -- continued

-- Auxiliary Assistant Harbor Safety Officer

-- Auxiliary Assistant Pollution Inspector

-- Auxiliary Assistant Pollution Response Specialist

-> Additional PQS areas are currently under development and will be announced upon approval. Two PQS for Auxiliary support to Regional

Examination Centers (RECs) are on this list.

Any active duty M qualification listed in MSM, Vol 1, Chapter 7 counts

toward attainment of the AUX M device.

  • Examples include: T-Boat Inspector, Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner, and Barge Inspector
    • Reference: COMDTNOTE 16000 (Change 12 to the MSM, Chapter 7) describes authority for this approval.
approval of local pqs quals
Approval of Local PQS Quals
  • Locally-approved PQS qualification will be accepted if the criteria for them are consistent with the approved Coast Guard and Auxiliary list.
what is a pqs and why
What is a PQS -- and Why?
  • Personnel Qualification System = PQS
  • The system used to standardize M-specific training & qualifications nationwide
  • One of three steps required in obtaining the Auxiliary Marine Safety Device:
  • Recognizes your training and identifies you as an extremely valuable asset to the “M” community
what s in a pqs
What’s in a PQS?
  • Sections of a PQS:
    • Verifying Persons Record
    • Task Matrix:
    • Qualification Tasks
    • Required inspections for qualification (if applicable)
    • Training Officer/Mentor sign-off area
    • Notes page
  • Oral board or test
  • Letter of qualification
sample pqs document
Sample PQS Document

Commercial Fishing

(CFVE) Examiner

Performance Qualification

System (PQS) Workbook

pqs sample verification

Full Name




PQS Sample Verification

Verifying Persons Record

All materials necessary to complete this PQS may be found in 46 Code of Federal Regulations,

Subchapter C. Other CFRs may also be specified in some of the specific sections.

Hard copies of 46CFR Parts 1-40 may be obtained through the Government Printing Office or on the Internet at:

pqs sample task list





Prerequisite Training


Use of Appropriate Tools




Required Inspections

PQS -- Sample Task List

CFVE Task Matrix:


Task Number





CFV 1.

Attended fishing vessel safety training provided by the District Fishing Vessel Safety Coordinator (DFVSC) or MSO, utilizing HQ developed Instructors Guide or attend the Fishing Vessel Safety resident training course at RTC Yorktown.



CFV 2.

Demonstrate the ability to understand and

utilize the appropriate tools (Auxiliarists

and Dockside Examiners are not required to

use the 4100F form):

a. Federal Requirements for Commercial

Fishing Industry Vessels pamphlet.

b. Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety

job Aid.

c. Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety

Examination Booklet.

  • Commercial Fishing Industry
  • Supplemental Boarding Report Form 4100F (Only required for Boarding Officers).














Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner


Demonstrate the ability to reference and cite applicable extracts from each of the following regulations and policies

a. 46 CFR Part 28 Commercial Fishing

Industry Vessel Regulations.

b. COMDTINST 16711.13: Implementation of

the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel


c. NVIC 7-91: Determination of Cold Water


d. NVIC 12-91: Termination of Unsafe

Operations Aboard Commercial Fishing

Industry Vessels (see 46 CFR 28.65)

e. NVIC 13-91: Fishing Industry Third

Party Examination and procedures for

designation of "Accepted Organizations"

and "Similarly Qualified Organizations."

f. NVIC 1-92: Implementation of Lifesaving

Regulations for Commercial Fishing


g. Other Federal Regulations applicable to

commercial fishing vessels as indicated

in the Federal Requirements pamphlet

(2.a. above).







pqs sample signoff page

Vessel Name/HIN/State Reg. #s

Mentor Signature and Date

PQS -- Sample Signoff Page

Required inspections for qualification

All qualification requirements have been satisfactorily completed.

__________________________ _________

Training Officer/PQS Mentor Date

recap trident program requirements
Recap: Trident Program Requirements
  • Education Requirements
    • Complete “Intro. to Marine Safety” Course
    • Complete 4 Advanced MS/MEP Courses
      • Intro Chapter to Port Operations Course (pending)
      • Intro Chapter to Marine Inspection Course (pending)
      • Incident Command (ICS 100)
      • Good Mate Course
  • Time In Service: 4 years at a minimum level of 96 hours/year in MS/MEP support
  • Completion of 4 approved PQSs
trident program status 9 02
Trident Program Status, 9/02
  • The components of the Program have been submitted to the Auxiliary NEXCOM for review and approval.
  • Approval received on September 18, 2002, subject to minor changes, corrections and administrative policy revisions. All items should be complete by end of October, 2002)
  • The AUX M device is currently pending approval before the Institute of Heraldry and USCG Uniform Board. Approval expected by October 1, 2002.
  • Please follow these developments on AUXWEB’s “What’s New” page for continuing updates on progress and completion of these items.
auxdata how to make your work count
AUXDATA: How to Make Your Work Count.
  • The contents of the M program task list (“picklist”) have been compared and aligned with the work activities contained in the Coast Guard’s MISLE system.
  • Before submitting the M picklist items to AUXDATA managers, Coast Guard M program mangers will review and prioritize activities and sub-activities.
  • Completion of this process is expected by the end of October, 2002.
  • Submittal of M program hours in AUXDATA will be used to determine eligibility for AUX M device.
member achievement recognition
Member Achievement & Recognition

Trident Program Completion --

Auxiliary Marine Safety Device