About the Course

This formal USCG resident training is administered, three (3) times each year for up to fifteen (15) USCG active duty, reserve, and civilian members as well as ten (10) cruise industry stakeholders (cruise line representatives, ship officers, classification society surveyors/managers, foreign flag administration representatives, other government agencies, manufactures and other stakeholders that are instrumental in daily operation, inspection and/or oversight of the cruise industry).

This course is designed to broaden and deepen understanding of and competency in the Coast Guard's 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 vessel's compliance with international and domestic safety, security, and environmental standards.

The week-long interactions among participants reinforces the value of and need for frequent communication and close working relationships among the cruise industry community and Coast Guard. Likewise, participants gain valuable insight, and a mutual understanding of the impacts their decisions have on cruise industry safety, security, and commercial viability.

Attendees are divided into six (6) teams of up to four (4) people. Teams are comprised of a mixture of USCG and industry attendees. Throughout the course of instruction, these teams are given scenarios that could be expected during a typical USCG cruise ship examination and are asked to jointly evaluate and decide on a course of action.

This course has recently become a prerequisite for all Coast Guard members wishing to obtain the Foreign Passenger Vessel Examiner qualification.

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.