U.S. Geological Survey Manual
Part 445-2-H Chapter 31
Motorboat Operator Refresher Training
Training received from the Motorboat Operator Certification Course (MOCC) will be valid for 5 years. Motorboat operators are required to successfully complete a Department of Interior (DOI) approved recertification course in order to be recertified.
1. Course Description. Refresher training is directed at currently certified motorboat operators. It provides updated information related to watercraft operations and helps ensure proficiency. The refresher training includes an assessment of the operator’s knowledge of boating safety and/or a proficiency element that assesses the operator’s practical skill and ability to operate a motorboat.
2. Course Objectives. The refresher training is intended to provide motorboat operators with updated information on new equipment, trends, and techniques in watercraft operation. Additionally, it provides a check of the operator’s skills to ensure that individuals are able to safely operate motorboats in their expected work environment.
3. Course Length. Up to 8+ hours (depending on the eligible educational option selected). Additional time may be included to address specific agency operational needs.
4. Content. The refresher training includes the review and update of the subject areas identified in 485 DM 22 and SM 445-2-H.31.
5. Options. The student must complete an educational element (including the respective examination) and (or) demonstrate practical skill as listed below. Supervisors shall assess the operator’s previous experience level utilizing the Experience Assessment/Documentation for MOCC Recertification Training Form included at the end of this appendix. This form assists supervisors to determine the appropriate level of instruction and/or proficiency demonstration necessary and documents recertification. Should a question arise regarding the appropriate level of instruction and/or proficiency necessary, the Bureau Watercraft Safety Program Manager or a Regional Watercraft Safety Program Manager will be consulted for a final determination.
6. Education. Any of the following may serve as the educational element.
A. Computer Internet courses with a passing score as referenced below. Proof of examination is required. On-line certificate copies must be forwarded to the Bureau Watercraft Safety Program Manager along with the completed Experience Assessment/Documentation for MOCC Recertification Training Form. Acceptable Internet courses include the following:
(1) BoatUS Foundation at http://www.boatus.org/onlinecourse. (Requires 80% passing score.)
(2) Boating Basics online at http://www.boatingbasicsonline.com/content/general. (Requires 80% passing score.) NOTE: Virginia residents must score 90% to receive a certificate.
(3) DOI Learn Blended Learning MOCC Tel-Module. (Requires 80% passing score.)
(4) U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Auxiliary course at http://cgaux.org/boatinged. (Requires 70% passing score.)
(5) America's Boating Course through the United States Power Squadron (USPS) at www.usps.org.
(6) Complete the State Boating Safety Course with a passing score of 70 percent.
(7) Complete an acceptable video/compact disc (CD) course with a passing score of 70 percent. Student must identify which video/CD course is to be taken prior to starting and receive approval from the Bureau Watercraft Safety Program Manager.
(8) Other computer Internet courses that are approved by the Bureau Watercraft Safety Program Manager or a Regional Watercraft Safety Program Manager.
B. Retake and pass the MOCC with a 70% passing score.
C. Successfully complete the MOICC (instructors only).
7. Practical Proficiency. Any of the following may serve as the practical element.
A. Demonstration of competent and safe motorboat operational techniques since completing the MOCC. This option may be selected if the individual operates boats regularly as a normal part of his/her job.
B. Hands-on demonstration of boating exercises in the presence of a MOCC instructor. This option should be selected if an individual operates boats occasionally as a normal part of his/her job.
C. Retake the MOCC. This option must be selected if the individual has not operated boats on a regular or occasional basis as a normal part of his/her job and needs to maintain operator certification.
D. Successful completion of the Motor Operator Instructor Certification Course (MOICC).
8. Documentation. The USGS utilizes established procedures (i.e., SF-182, DOI Learn Transcripts, or USGS MOCC National Database) to maintain records of operator certification to ensure that certification is recorded and updated. Operator recertification/examination and proficiency records will also be documented using the Experience Assessment/Documentation for MOCC Recertification Training Form below. The subject form shall be maintained at the local level, with a copy forwarded to the Bureau Watercraft Safety Program Manager. Upon receipt, the Lead MOCC Instructor shall issue formal certificate(s) of training/proficiency completion to the individual operator(s). The Lead MOCC Instructor will forward a completed MOCC class roster to the Bureau Watercraft Safety Program Manager. The Bureau Watercraft Safety Program Manager shall ensure certification records are entered into a master database accessible by the safety community until such time as a Web-based product is developed that allows initial local input of certification data with regional and Bureau review.
9. Experience Assessment/Documentation for MOCC Recertification Training Form.
A. According to Department of Interior policy, 485 DM 22, and USGS SM445-2-H.31, Motorboat Operator Certification must be renewed every 5 years. The following form is provided to assist supervisors in assessment of operator experience and proficiency levels by which to select appropriate refresher training. Supervisors are encouraged to maintain this record as part of the operator’s personnel and (or) training files. Should a question arise as to the appropriate level of training and proficiency required, the Bureau Watercraft Safety Program Manager may be contacted for clarification and/or final determination. NOTE: The use of this form is also a prerequisite to all USGS employees seeking recertification through all Internet options for recertification.
NOTE: An electronic version of this form can be found on the USGS Intranet at http://internal.usgs.gov/ops/safetynet/form2.html. Ensure that all information is provided before submitting to Bureau Watercraft Safety Program Manager. At the end of the electronic form, you will note a “SEND MESSAGE” hot-link. Click on this link and it will automatically be forwarded to the Bureau Watercraft Safety Program Manager.
A copy of the certificate of completion and form must be submitted to the Bureau Watercraft Safety Manager.
B. Other Education recertification methods.
(1) Computer Internet course with a minimum passing score as noted below. Proof of examination is required. Acceptable Internet courses such as those found at the following addresses:
(a) http://www.boatus.org/onlinecourse (minimum passing score of 80%)
(b) http://www.boatingbasicsonline.com/content/general (minimum passing score of 80%)
(c) Completion of the USCG Auxiliary Course http://cgaux.org/boatinged. Test score (Minimum score of 70%. Proof of examination maintained by the supervisor).
(d) Completion of America's Boating Course through the U.S. Power Squadron www.usps.org.
Test score (Minimum score of 70%. Proof of examination maintained by the supervisor).
(e) Completion of State Boating Safety Course Test score (Minimum score of 70%. Proof of examination maintained by the supervisor).
(f) Completion of an acceptable video/CD course Test score (Minimum score of 70%. Proof of examination maintained by the supervisor.) Prior approval by Bureau Watercraft Safety Program Manager.
(g) Retake and pass the MOCC with a 70% grade.
(h) Successful completion of the MOICC.
C. Practical Proficiency Re-certification Method. (Check/complete appropriate blocks.)
(a) Demonstration of motorboat operational techniques since completing the MOCC.
(b) Hands on demonstration of boating exercises in the presence of an instructor (DOI certified).
(c) Retaking the MOCC.
(d) Successful completion of the MOICC.
(a) Instructing a course at least once every 3 years.
(b) Active in the re-certification of boat operators.
(c) Demonstrate to the Bureau Watercraft Safety Program Manager that he/she has been safely boating on the job over the past 3 years and has kept abreast of the changes affecting the boating program.
(d) Other Web course that student selects and is approved by the Bureau Watercraft Safety Program Manager.