Commercial Vessel Compliance

4/10/2019: Recognized auditor/assessor courses

The Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise posted a notice on its website that the Third-Party Organization webpage has been updated to reflect current auditor/assessor courses recognized by the Coast Guard as equivalent to an ANSI/ISO/ASQ Q9001-2000 or ISO 9001:2008(E) lead auditor/assessor course for the purposes of 46 CFR 138.310(d)(2) and 46 CFR 139.130(b)(3).

Coast Guard recognized auditor/assessor courses as of April 10, 2019:

If your organization offers an auditor/assessor course you would like to be recognized by the Coast Guard, please see section 9 (page 13) of the TPO Guidebook.

For information on how to submit a TPO application, visit the TPO webpage, or contact the TVNCOE at (270) 444-7715 or

This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.

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