Prerequisite: 90 days seatime. No prerequisite requirement for CSO.
Note: It shall be the policy of this school that all students provide appropriate photo identification upon enrollment.
It is assumed that those attending this course are U.S. Coast Guard-credentialed mariners who are employed (or are to be employed) by a vessel owner or operator and who are likely to be designated as Vessel Security Officer (VSO). Trainees must be 18 years of age or older and able to speak and understand the English language as would be relevant to the duties of a VSO. Training providers are responsible for verifying that these conditions are met before accepting candidates for training However, no specific entry requirements are contemplated. All trainees must be certified by a doctor to be in good health. Although the course is designed with the professional mariner in mind, it remains open for anyone simply wishing to expand his or her maritime knowledge. Candidates desiring the endorsement must submit their completed application package to the appropriate U.S. Coast Guard Regional Examination Center for evaluation as prescribed by applicable regulations and policies. Candidates need not be approved by the U.S. Coast Guard prior to participating in this course. However, a Photo ID is required Pursuant to National Maritime Center Policy Letter 11-02 appropriate photo identification is required for enrollment into a USCG-approved course.