National Prevention Department


U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Prevention Department
Communications and Education Division

Marine Safety Performance Qualification Standards (PQS)

The Coast Guard Auxiliary Marine qualifications are designed to facilitate and encourage Auxiliary support for Coast Guard Sectors in the legacy Marine Safety and Environmental Protection Programs. They are developed in conjunction with Coast Guard Headquarters program managers and TRACEN Yorktown. The Auxiliary qualifications mirror those of the Active Duty – minus any law enforcement or military activities.

Marine Safety qualifications are open to Auxiliarists are based on the needs of the individual Sector. If a Sector has no need of Auxiliary support in a particular program area, it is not available to Auxiliarists in that area. Check with your Auxiliary Marine Safety staff chain to determine the PQSs available in your area.

The below list of PQSs are the only PQSs currently available to Auxiliarists. No other qualifications are authorized (see
ALCOAST 505/08 and ALCOAST 45/10).

The following two (2) PQSs are Auxiliary-specific and the Letter of Designation is issued by the District DIRAUX.

The Letters of Designation for the following PQSs are issued by the Captain of the Port (COTP)