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Title: United States Power Squadrons


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United States Power Squadrons
Certifier Training
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Seminar Purpose Scope
  • This seminar provides training for all
    certifiers, including
  • Master Advanced certifiers, who also teach Safe
    Powerboat Handling (a US Sailing program)
  • Regional certifiers and their assistants, who
    also complete an additional module of training

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Becoming a Certifier
  • To become certifier
  • Meet all requirements
  • Be nominated by SEO or DEO
  • (Or other BOC personnel)
  • Be approved by regional certifier
  • Complete this seminar

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Certifiers Manual
  • Explains BOC program
  • Includes
  • Procedures Policies
  • Checklists and forms, filled-out samples
  • Certifier qualifications duties
  • Reference material

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CD-ROM Content
  • Seminar slides (PPT)
  • Overview presentation on BOC (PPT)
  • Forms checklists (Word PDF)
  • Certifiers manual (PDF)
  • Seminar pre-reading file (PDF)
  • Manual cover graphics (PDF)
  • Templates for name badges CD-ROM labels (MS
    Word), sign, etc.

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Seminar Modules
  • BOC description
  • Certifier role, duties qualifications
  • Detailed look at Inland Navigator
  • Skill demonstrations waivers
  • Policies, equivalences references
  • Regional certifiers

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Module 1
BOC Description
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Motivation for BOC
  • USCG request to set recreational boat operator
    proficiency standards
  • UN Resolution 40

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BOC Objectives
  • Certify recreational boat operators at various
    levels of proficiency
  • Provide internationally recognized credential
    (all levels UN 40 compliant)

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Advantages to Members
  • Public recognition of skills is beneficial when
  • Chartering, renting, leasing, esp. outside USA
  • Competing
  • Speaking in public, testifying as expert witness
  • Lobbying
  • Serving on advisory panel
  • Being quoted in media

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BOC Highlights
  • Four levels of Certification
  • Requirements
  • USPS membership
  • Physically capable
  • Complete selected USPS courses
  • Complete certain seminars (some non-USPS)
  • Demonstrate skills (some non-USPS)
  • Documents certificate and card

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Exclusions
  • We will not certify operations in certain extreme
    conditions, including
  • Arctic or Antarctic regions
  • Areas with large icebergs or ice fields
  • Waters near or in tidal bores, whirlpools or
    waterfalls
  • Waters where currents approach the cruising speed
    of the boat
  • Class III or above rapids

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Levels of Certification
  • Each higher level certifies member for more
    challenging conditions
  • Each level builds on previous (both requirements
    and conditions covered)
  • Thus all lower levels are prerequisites for a
    given level.

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Levels of Certification
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Endorsements
  • Endorsements can be added at any certification
    level (some exceptions)
  • Regional type for a geographic region covers
    radio regulations, rules of road, charts, aids to
    navigation, customs immigration regulations,
    etc.
  • Boat Type Type of propulsion

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Endorsements
  • Regional type
  • CAN Canadian waters
  • CAR Caribbean waters
  • EURO European waters
  • IW Inland Waterways (i.e. locks,canals,
    rivers)
  • MEX Mexican waters

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Endorsements
  • Boat type
  • PAD Paddle boating
  • SA - Sail boating (two levels)
  • More endorsements to come

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Preliminary Fee Schedule
  • Inland Navigator - 30
  • Coastal Navigator - 30
  • Advanced Coastal Nav. - 30
  • Offshore Navigator - 30
  • Endorsements - 10 ea

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General Requirements
  • 16 years of age
  • Mentally and physically capable of operating a
    boat
  • Sufficient visual and auditory sensory ability
  • ____________
  • UN resolution 40 requirements (a drivers license
    will suffice to certify meeting these)

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Level Conditions Limits
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Level Course Requirements
Advanced Grades
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Level Course Requirements
Elective Courses
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Level Seminar Requirements
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Level Seminar Requirements
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Level Skill Demonstrations
USS US Sailing Program
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Courses Skills Required for Endorsement
Course requirements
Skill demonstration requirements
_______________________ BB US Sailing
Bareboat Cruising program OS US Sailing
Offshore program
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Seminars Required for Endorsements
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The Certifier
Module 2
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Certifiers Keystone of BOC
  • Success of BOC largely depends on certifiers
  • Your enthusiasm will be contagious
  • You are the
  • Cheerleaders
  • Sales force
  • Promotion team
  • Implementers
  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Your energy and talent will create success

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Certifiers Keystone of BOC
  • You must balance your roles as
  • Gatekeepers Do not certify someone who is not
    competent, for his/her safety and the integrity
    of the program
  • Advocates Want our members to succeed in BOC, so
    you must be reasonable, encouraging and helpful
  • Your resource person regional certifier
  • Rank neither certifiers nor regional certifiers
    hold a rank

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CERTIFIERS
Certifiers Role
  • Observe and certify skill demonstrations
  • Manage Applications Waivers
  • Promote BOC serve as a BOC resource
  • Train other certifiers
  • Serve in a region

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BOC Regions
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BOC Regions
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Regions - Members
  • Caribbean 856
  • Mid Atlantic 8910
  • Mid South 3901
  • Midwest 7653
  • Northeast 8755
  • Northwest 2538
  • Southeast 9871
  • Southwest Pacific Islands 2596

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Regions District Assignments
  • Caribbean (Puerto Rico US Virgin islands) D/33
  • Mid Atlantic D/2, D/5, D/6, D/7, D/11
  • Mid South D/15, D/17, D/21, D/31
  • Midwest D/9, D/10, D/20, D/24, D/29, D/30
  • Northeast D/1, D/3, D/4, D/12, D/14, D/18, D/19
  • Northwest D/16, D/32
  • Southeast D/8, D/22, D/23, D/26, D/27
  • Southwest Pacific Islands D/13, D/25, D/28

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District Regional Assignments
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Organizational Structure
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Certifiers by Region
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Certifiers Duties
  • Certifiers shall
  • Meet all certifier qualifications
  • Make members aware of availability to certify
  • Make members aware of program and benefits
  • Encourage members to be certified
  • Become thoroughly familiar with program

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Certifiers Duties
  • Certifiers shall
  • Serve as local experts
  • Stay on national e-mail list to stay up-to-date
  • Respond promptly to requests for certifying
  • If unable to certify, identify another certifier
    who can
  • Help prepare process certification applications
    and waivers

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Master Adv. Adv. Certifiers Duties
Certifiers shall
  • Maintain competencies in areas certifying
  • Ensure skill demonstrations are done safely
  • Promptly submit skill demonstration documentation
    via online database
  • Sign members passport
  • Maintain records of skill demos (paper or
    computer image)

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Master Advanced Certifiers Duties
Certifiers shall
  • Teach members who do not pass skill demo
  • Train other certifiers, as needed
  • Be certified through ACN by 2011

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Certifiers Duties
All Certifiers shall
  • Cooperate with and take direction from regional
    certifier
  • Follow all certification polices
  • Master Advanced certifiers all of above plus
    teach US Sailing on-the-water Safe Powerboat
    Handling

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Certifiers Qualifications
  • Certifier Must
  • Be a USPS Member
  • Be nominated by the SEO or DEO
  • Be approved by the regional certifier
  • Be a USPS Certified Instructor
  • Be an AP or above to certify IN, CN or ACN
  • Be an SN to certify ON level
  • Complete certifiers seminar
  • Be actively boating

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Certifiers Qualifications
  • Certifiers Must
  • Have on-the-water experience
  • Have operated at night or in restricted
    visibility
  • Have passed the courses or completed seminars
    covering the material they are certifying
  • Know the requirements procedures to certify
    skills
  • Be willing able to observe document skill
    demos
  • OTW skills will be documented by MC or ACs
  • Have Internet access an e-mail address

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Level 1Inland Navigator
Module 3
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Inland Navigator (IN) Certification Limits
  • Rivers, canals, sm. Lakes, 2 nm of shore
  • Boat up to 8M (28 ft), within endorsements
  • Fair weather, good visibility, daylight
  • Force 4 winds (16 kt, 18 mph)
  • Waves, 1 meter (3 ft.)
  • Endorsements IW, PAD, SA

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Inland Navigator (IN)
  • A Caveat
  • The boat operator is responsible for determining
    if he/she can operate safely based upon
  • Operators skills experience
  • Seaworthiness of boat
  • Capabilities of crew

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Inland Navigator (IN)
  • Course Requirements
  • Boating course (NASBLA APPROVED)
  • Seamanship
  • Engine Maintenance
  • Marine Electrical Systems (currently ME 101)

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Inland Navigator (IN)
  • Seminars requirements
  • How to Use a Chart
  • Onboard Weather Forecasting
  • Using GPS
  • Using VHF-Radio - DSC/VHF Radio

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Inland Navigator (IN)
  • Skills demonstrated to a Certifier
  • US Sailing Safe Powerboat Handling or
    complete an on-the-water skill demonstration
  • Use of Fire Extinguishers

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Inland Navigator (IN)
  • Recommended Endorsements
  • Inland Waterways
  • Optional Endorsements
  • SA Sail or Sail 101 Sail 102 courses
  • PAD Paddle Smart

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Checklists
  • Checklist in the Candidates Guide for each level
  • Helps candidate plan and track all requirements
  • Passport documents completed items checklist for
    members use to plan

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Inland Navigator (IN)
  • If a member has equivalent
  • Experience - consult the Waiver Processes
    (Section 18)
  • Courses - see Course Equivalency (Section 19)
  • External programs or licenses - see External
    Programs (Section 20)

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Passport
  • Each completion should be entered in members
    passport
  • SEO, instructor or certifier signs, as
    appropriate
  • Submitted with certification application

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Passport
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Passport
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Documentation for IN
  • When application is approved, member receives
    card certificate from HQ

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Skill Demonstrations and Waivers
Module 4
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Skill Demonstrations Instructions
  • If boat type unfamiliar, may suggest another
    certifier
  • Candidate should have instructions in advance
  • Equipment needed
  • Know what is expected
  • Discuss with candidate beforehand

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Skill Demonstrations Instructions
  • Skipper crew handle the boat certifier only
    gets involved in an emergency
  • Demo is unsuccessful, if
  • Accident
  • Dangerous action
  • Repeated inability to perform a step

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Skill Demonstrations Instructions
  • Some demos must be done ashore
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Distress signal
  • On the water
  • Candidate must have competent crew member(s) to
    be responsible for safe boat operation while
    skipper is demonstrating NAV skill
  • If candidate cannot complete BPH skill demo,
    refer him to an Master Advanced Certifier to take
    the US Sailing SPH program or equivalent

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Skill Demonstrations FAQs
  • FAQ
  • Q How do I decide when skill demonstrated is
    acceptable?
  • A Although there are some criteria given,
    sometimes this is a judgment call you want to
    maintain the integrity of the program so the
    certification is an achievement member can be
    proud of however, must be reasonable in allowing
    for conditions.

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Skill Demonstrations FACs
  • FAQ
  • Q What do I do if it becomes clear candidate
    cannot perform the skill acceptably?
  • A You should take the opportunity to do some
    teaching and suggest the candidate practice and
    then reschedule the demonstration, or in the case
    of the BPH skill, direct the member to an Master
    Advanced Certifier to take US Sailing SPH.

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Skill Demonstrations FACs
  • FAQ
  • Q What do I do if I feel an unsafe condition is
    developing?
  • A You have the authority to end the
    demonstration for safety reasons at any time
    based on weather, boat condition, candidates
    performance, etc. and reschedule when
    appropriate.

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Skill Demonstrations Record
  • Form ED-C1 Skill Demonstration Record
  • Section 17
  • Use to record data during demo
  • Form has instructions
  • See sample filled-out form
  • Submit to HQ via On line upload, if demo
    successful

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Waivers Equivalencies
  • Experienced boaters or those with other training
    may apply for a waiver
  • Section 18 describes the waiver process for
  • Skills
  • Seminars
  • Sections 19 20 getting credit for equivalent,
  • Courses
  • USCG (Commercial) Licenses

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FAQs Skill Waivers
  • Q How do I decide if a waiver for a skill should
    be approved?
  • A There are criteria for approving waivers in
    Section 18. However, you must exercise good
    judgment in determining whether the experience
    described is sufficient to waive a skill
    demonstration. You do not want to be
    unreasonably strict, but neither do we want to
    certify a member to do something beyond his or
    her experience. Feel free to consult with other
    certifiers or your regional certifier.

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Module 5
Policies, Course Equivalencies References
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Certification Policies
  • Certifiers are volunteers
  • No one can certify himself or herself
  • If certifiers seminar is completed but a
    qualification is not met, the certifier candidate
    will be certified upon completion of requirement
    (6-month limit) (i.e. Inst. Cert. expired)
  • Must be SN to certify ON level
  • Must be AP to certify all other levels

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Certification Policies
  • Members are responsible to periodically recertify
    themselves for non-USPS seminars (e.g., CPR/AED,
    First Aid) as required by offering organization
  • USPS membership must be maintained
  • We will not certify for operating in certain
    extreme conditions

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Certification Policies
  • Skill demonstrations must be done in good weather
    and during daylight
  • On-the-water demos must be done on boat provided
    by candidate

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Certification Policies
  • Waivers may be granted for
  • Some skills, based on experience
  • Seminars, based on courses or experience
  • Course credit may be granted for approved courses
    or licenses

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Certification Policies
  • Certain skill demos must be done ashore
  • An assistant regional certifier may act for the
    regional certifier, if
  • Regional certifier is unavailable
  • Assistant has been delegated to act

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Certification Policies
  • Manual Forms will be on web site
  • Certifier can certify any member in his region
  • Certifiers must maintain their USPS Instructor
    Certification
  • Recertification of certifiers every 5 yrs

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USPS Course Equivalencies
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USPS Course Equivalencies
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Useful References in Manual
  • Document history Section 1 verify your manual
    is up-to-date
  • Candidate guides Sections 7 10 each dedicated
    to one level contain checklists
  • Section 21 tabular summary of level
    requirements
  • Section 22 tabular summary of endorsement
    requirements

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Questions ? Comments
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Regional Certifier
Module 6
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Regional CertifiersLeaders of BOC
  • The success of BOC largely depends on the
    certifiers
  • Your leadership will ensure
  • Certifier efforts are well directed
  • Program and standards are uniform across the
    organization
  • Certifiers are well motivated
  • District leadership is involved

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Regional CertifiersLeaders of BOC
  • For certifiers, you serve as
  • Selector/recruiter
  • Trainer
  • Motivator
  • Information source
  • You are certifiers primary resource on BOC -
    become an expert!

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REGIONAL CERTIFIERS
Regional Certifier Role
  • Recruit train one or more assistants
  • Work with SEOs DEOs to identify recruit
    capable, dedicated certifiers
  • Goal at least 1 certifier per squadron this
    year
  • Train and motivate certifiers
  • Review approve certification applications
    and waiver requests
  • Promote BOC to district leaders in your region

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BOC Regions
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Regions - Staffing
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Regions District Assignments
  • Caribbean (Puerto Rico US Virgin islands) D/33
  • Mid Atlantic D/2, D/5, D/6, D/7, D/11
  • Mid South D/15, D/17, D/21, D/31
  • Midwest D/9, D/10, D/20, D/24, D/29, D/30
  • Northeast D/1, D/3, D/4, D/12, D/14, D/18, D/19
  • Northwest D/16, D/32
  • Southeast D/8, D/22, D/23, D/26, D/27
  • Southwest Pacific Islands D/13, D/25, D/28

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Lead Certifiers by Region
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Regional Certifiers Duties
  • Regional certifiers shall
  • Meet all certifier qualifications
  • Make leadership of districts squadrons aware of
    program and benefits
  • Encourage district squadron leaders to be
    certified (set example)

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Regional Certifiers Duties
  • Regional certifiers shall
  • Become experts on the program
  • Serve as resources to certifiers in their region
  • Stay on national e-mail list to stay up-to-date

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Regional Certifiers Duties
  • Regional certifiers shall
  • Respond promptly to requests for advice or
    assistance from certifiers
  • Review approve certification applications and
    waivers (or return with explanation)
  • Promptly submit certifications to HQ via special
    workbook upload

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Regional Certifiers Duties
  • Regional certifiers shall
  • Enter waived seminars and skill demos via on-line
    workbook
  • Train assistant(s) and share duties with them so
    they are prepared to assume regional certifiers
    job at any time

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Regional Certifiers Duties
  • Regional certifiers shall
  • Be certified through ACN level by 2009
  • Select recruit certifiers (use SEOs DEOs)
  • Run periodic certifier training seminars at
    district meetings in your region

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Regional Certifiers Duties
  • Regional certifiers shall
  • Cooperate with and take direction from the NEO,
    ANEO or their delegate
  • Follow all certification polices
  • Note regional certifiers may also act as
    certifiers, as needed

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Regional Certifiers Duties
  • Regional certifiers shall
  • Verify candidates from certifiers training
    seminars
  • Pre-approved by regional certifier
  • Meet qualifications
  • Forward lists of trained certifiers to Ed Dept
    IT Rep. for addition to e-mail list.

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Regional Certifiers Duties
  • Regional certifiers shall
  • Inform trainer if candidates were deleted from
    the list (this should never be necessary)
  • Maintain list of certifiers in your region
  • Submit certifiers for merit marks, as appropriate
  • Maintain records or waivers and certifications on
    paper or via computer images.

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Assistant Regional Certifiers Duties
  • Assistant regional certifiers
  • Learn all the duties of the regional certifier
  • Perform any regional certifier duties delegated
    to them
  • Act in the absence of the regional certifier
  • Succession plan assistant replaces regional
    certifier at terms end

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Assistant Regional Certifiers Duties
  • Regional certifiers may wish to split
    responsibility with their assistants based on
    function or district
  • As the regional certifier nears the end of his or
    her term, all duties shall be gradually delegated
    to the succeeding assistant

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Regional Certifiers Qualifications
  • Regional certifiers must
  • Be a member of a squadron in their region
  • Be nominated by the DEO approved by the NEO
  • Be a USPS Certified Instructor
  • Hold the grade of SN
  • Complete the regional certifiers seminar
  • Have substantial and verifiable on-the-water
    experience

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Regional Certifiers Qualifications
  • Regional certifiers must
  • Have some experience with night operations or
    operating in restricted visibility
  • Have strong presentation skills
  • Be willing to train their assistants and
    certifiers
  • Be able to exercise good judgment, especially
    regarding waivers

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Regional Certifiers Qualifications
  • Regional certifiers must
  • Be familiar with BOC
  • Requirements policies
  • Forms documents
  • Procedures
  • Be willing and able to serve up to 3 years
  • Have Internet access and an e-mail address
  • Assistant regional certifiers qualifications same
    as regional certifiers

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Additional Study
  • Sections 3 4 to understand regional certifiers
  • Qualifications
  • Duties
  • Also learn the process of nominating certifiers
    (form instructions in Section 4)

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Questions ? Comments
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