Proceedings Summer 2014
Verifying offcers and marine inspection training offcers
ensure that the qualifcation process consistency is main-
tained in the feld. This effort is especially important, as our
job aids have not always contained references to support the
tasks contained within. As a result, regional "best practices"
and policies found a way into the training process, and these
unit-developed job aids had an adverse impact on consistent
training standard application.
We now verify and cite the regulations and national poli-
cies from which performance and qualifcation standard,
training aid, job aid, and resident "C"
school curricula are based, to verify
that all training adheres to the recog-
nized qualifcation standard. That way
an apprentice marine inspector who
completes the foreign passenger ves-
sel examiner performance and quali-
fcation standard at the unit in Alaska
will use the same performance support
tools that are built into the training
curriculum for a "C" school resident in
By applying these practices across the
full workforce development spectrum,
the myriad teams that develop cur-
ricula are better equipped to ensure
that our marine safety professionals
are appropriately trained. Journeyman
marine inspectors then put this train-
ing into action, equipped to perform
their jobs effciently and effectively.
About the authors:
LT Sarah Geoffrion has served in the U.S. Coast Guard for more than
10 years as a marine inspector, senior investigating offcer, and marine safety
detachment supervisor. She has received two commendation medals, two
achievement medals, and the permanent marine safety insignia.
Mr. Richard W. Symonds is a retired U.S. Coast Guard offcer with more
than 20 years of experience working within the Coast Guard training system.
He works extensively with the Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise to
develop foreign passenger vessel performance solutions. Mr. Symonds is a
master training specialist and holds advance level certifcates in human per-
formance technology and as an instructional systems designer.
Mr. Brad Schoenwald, senior marine inspector, leads an Advanced Foreign Passenger Examiners
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