VE Certification

As a certified Vessel Examiner you will have the unique opportunity to work with and educate the recreational boating public. This one-on-one interaction will provide a vital opportunity to enhance a boater’s knowledge, and help ensure they have a safe, fun filled day on the water.

"So how do I become a certified Vessel Examiner?" A very good question, and easy to answer.

The process of qualifying as a Vessel Examiner is quite simple;

1st – You must locate all the materials that you will need to read and study, PRIOR to taking the online Vessel Examiner Exam located at the National Testing Center (NTC). NTC Link:

Since these materials can be difficult to locate, we have developed a list and provided links for you to make it easier. These links will help guide you through the various reading material needed to successfully pass the online Vessel Examiner Exam:

  • The VSC Manual M16796.8A can be found at this link, and Change 1 June 2016 at this link.
  • You should also be familiar with Forms ANSC-7003, ANSC-7008, ANSC-7012, and ANSC-7038. They can be found on the forms page at this link.
  • Additional guidance is available for performing a VSC on PWC's (this linkand Paddle Craft (this link).

Once you are familiar with the above references and tools, and feel you are ready to take the exam, go to and take the on-line Vessel Examiner Course Exam. This is an open book exam and you will get your results as soon as you complete the exam. You can retake this exam as many times as you need if you don't pass it the first time around.

2nd - Once you successfully pass the online Vessel Examiner Exam, you will need to reach out to your flotilla Member Training or Vessel Examiner staff officers, to aid you in locating a current/qualified Vessel Examiner to assist you in the next step of the process. You then will need to complete five (5) supervised Vessel Safety Checks under the watchful eye of this current/qualified Vessel Examiner.

3rd - After you have completed your five (5) supervised Vessel Safety Checks, the supervising Vessel Examiner must properly report the VSC’s on a ANSC 7038 form, listing you as a "TRAINEE", and themselves as the "LEAD". Once the 7038 form is completed and submitted to the flotilla Information Services staff officer, they will enter it into AUXDATA.

4th -Once you show in the AUXDATA/AUXINFO system as having completed both the online Vessel Examiner exam, and five (5) Vessel Safety Checks, as a TRAINEE, then your flotilla will need to follow your Districts procedures regarding entering your certification into AUXDATA.

The key to becoming a great Vessel Examiner is all in the training. It can be done by classroom instruction along with hands on training, or by self study along with some hands on training. For additional training aides, visit the V-Directorate web site at this link.

We look forward to YOU becoming a part of the Vessel Examiner Team. One of our goals is to assist you in achieving this qualification. If you have any suggestions, please let us know. 


Option 1, Outside temp  is < 98 degrees … ODU

Option 2, Outside Temp is 98degrees or higher.. ODU HOT ( HWU )

Option 3, If no uniform is available, the Vessel Examiner Polo is prescribed


Click here for Uniform requirements PDF

The following is a compilation of sections appearing in Chapter 10 of the AUXMAN

Hot Weather Uniform

The Hot Weather Uniform is authorized as an optional uniform for Auxiliarists. It is not appropriate for routine office wear. It is not authorized for wear while commuting to and from a Coast Guard duty station or any public affairs setting, although it may be worn directly to and from a point of Auxiliary patrol or vessel safety check activity.

H.3.a. Shirt

H.3.b. Shorts

H.3.c. Belt

H.3.d. Socks

H.3.e. Shoes

All white or all black, low top, athletic shoes with nonskid/non-marking soles are also authorized for Auxiliarists.

H.3.f. Insignia Metal collar or sew-on insignia are worn with this outfit. No insignia are worn on the ODU T-shirt.

H.3.g. Breast Depending upon the type of shirt worn, name tags/

H.3.h. Hat The blue working utility cap, Auxiliary ball cap, and Coast Guard unit 

What to bring to a VE Event

1. Fill out the Assignment to Duty request the day before.

2. Where the prescribed uniform

3. Although cold water is provided, any other items to help you stay cool is recommended

4. HYDRATE the day before and bring a banana for potassium

5. Clipboards may be provided. It is suggested that a slim storage clipboard ( ~ $7-$10 on Amazon )  to hold your 7012 forms be brought

6. Summer VEs : muster at 0600, set up.  end between 10 and 11 based on heat. 2018 VEs will be at Boulder Harbor Ramp 

7. Certified Examiners are free on their own to Dock-Walk at Hemenway/Las Vegas Boat Harbor or Callville. A USCG Aux PFD  MUST be worn ( contact FSO-VE for materials.


1. the FSO-VE will do the post-event paperwork for new examiners. After receiving your certificate, all examiners are responsible for the submission of their own  7038 Forms, and reporting  numbers to your FSO-VE by the 10th of the month. Ask your FSO-VE or the SO-VE for direction, materials, etc.

The 7038 submission post VE is mandatory, yet very simple.

Name, ID

If you have a trainee, you may include them on this form.

Total Given. total passed, how many were first time ( no previous sticker ) and hours. 

Travel to and from VE should be on the 7029

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