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Course Code: 500317
Duration: 5 Days
How To Apply: To apply submit a: ETR

Applicants to this course must be an officer (active duty CWO and above) or civilians (GS-11 and above), have completed the Port State Control Course (or equivalent), be PSCE certified, be assigned to a unit that conducts certificate of compliance (COC) examinations on cruise ships and have 80% of the FPVE PQS completed. Active duty Petty Officers (E-5 and above), civilians (GS-9), and Marine Safety Center personnel will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

All applicants must have the FPVE competency assigned in TMT.
Special Info:

The CSNCOE will conduct the initial vetting of ETRs against the course prerequisites. CG-CVC-2 will make the final determination on which candidates receive a course quota. Due to the limited number of quotas available, it is vital that the appropriate candidates are selected. Questions regarding quota selections and substitution requests may be directed to the National Technical Advisor.

This course is the same as the previously titled Advanced Foreign Passenger Vessel Examiner (AFPVE) course. Enrollment into the FPVE course is not necessary for those who completed the AFPVE course after January 2009.

ETRs must include the following information:

  1. Percent of FPVE PQS completion?
  2. Y/N. Has the member completed the Cruise Ship Performance Guide or cruise ship industry indoctrination?
  3. Y/N. Has the unit deferred the prerequisite to attend the FPVE Course (up to 12 months)?
  4. Priority if multiple members from one unit are submitted. (i.e. Priority 1 of 2, 2 of 3, etc.)

Example: Meets Prereqs 85%, Y, N, 1 of

Note: The answers to these questions will not disqualify applicants, but will be used for screening purposes.


This course is designed to broaden and deepen understanding of and competency in the Coast Guardís Foreign Passenger Vessel Examination program in preparation for qualification. Course lessons explain in-depth technical and regulatory concepts on standards applicable to foreign passenger vessels. The combination of lesson proficiency assessments and ship visits ensure greater awareness and consistency in decision making skills while evaluating a vesselís compliance with international and domestic safety, security, and environmental standards. The week-long interactions among participants reinforce the value of and need for frequent communication and close working relationships between the cruise industry community and Coast Guard. Likewise, participants gain valuable insight and a mutual understanding of the impacts of their decisions on cruise industry safety, security, and commercial viability.

Convening Dates

Facility Name Start Date End Date Session #
CRUISE SHIP NAT'L CNTR OF EXEL 12/5/2016 12/9/2016 49
CRUISE SHIP NAT'L CNTR OF EXEL 1/30/2017 2/3/2017 50
CRUISE SHIP NAT'L CNTR OF EXEL 2/27/2017 3/3/2017 51