Today the Coast Guard published a notice in the Federal Register (77 FR 61771-61772) announcing a public meeting to obtain input on a draft model FSO training course and other elements of the FSO training program. This training program development was mandated by §821 the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (46 USC §70125).
The meeting will be held on November 9th, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Seating is limited so advanced registration is required; register on-line. As we have come to expect from the Coast Guard (again special kudos) the meeting will be streamed live on-line.
Copies of the draft model FSO training course will be available on the Federal eRulemaking Portal (www.Regulations.gov; Docket # USCG-2012-0908) and on the CG Homeport web site two weeks before the scheduled meeting. The meeting will address the following topics about the training program (77 FR 61772):
• Draft model FSO training course;
• Computer-based training and distance learning;
• Provisional FSO certification;
• FSO continuing education;
• FSO refresher course;
• Interim policy to provide curriculum guidelines for potential FSO training course providers.
Public comments will be solicited at the meeting and written comments may be submitted to the docket on the Federal eRulemaking Portal through November 23rd, 2012.