New tools are on the way to ensure the tasks and steps a Coast Guard marine inspector or port state control officer will complete during an inspection are properly supported by performance qualification standards , training aids and vessel-specific job aids. The offshore supply vessel PQS is the first to get an updated PQS workbook and members pursuing their certification under the new standard will be encouraged to provide feedback to inform future reviews and updates.
It is worth noting those already certified as OSV inspectors will not be required to complete the new PQS workbook prior to scheduled recertification and members currently pursuing their certification under legacy PQS will have six months to do so before the new standard becomes manadatory. All marine inspectors will, however, be responsible for understanding and applying the updated content during OSV inspections, so checking out the new PQS workbook is encouraged.
You can access all current PQS – including the new OSV PQS workbook – on the Coast Guard Learning Management System within CG Portal (internal link). Click the “Applications” tab and choose LMS. Once inside LMS, use course code 502256 to search for the OSV PQS workbook.