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Upcoming Training Opportunities

Annual Surveyor of Towing Vessels (ASTV) – 4-Day Course

This course is intended for those persons seeking to perform Internal or External Annual Surveys of Towing Vessels under Subchapter M.

  • August 22-25 in Houston, TX
  • September 12-15 in Charleston, WV
  • October 17-20 in St. Louis, MO

Course Information and Registration

ISO Lead Auditor 5-Day Course taught by Quality Management International, Inc. (QMII)

  • September 11-15 in Mandeville, LA

This course is intended for those persons seeking certification as a Lead Auditor for Subchapter M and the AWO RCP.

TVIB has partnered with QMII in this course designed to help you learn the requirements of ISO 9001 and how to relate the requirements to your business management system. This course gives the tools necessary to conduct and lead process and system audits to determine conformity to ISO 9001.  It also provides an understanding of how process-based management systems are responsible for ensuring customer requirements are determined and consistently fulfilled over time. The instructor incorporates three basic principles: audits should benefit both parties; audits focus on process and system effectiveness (beyond mere conformity) with respected to agreed audit criteria; and auditors should use the process approach to audit both documented and undocumented processes to determine system effectiveness.

TVIB has negotiated a discounted rate of $1,256 per person to attend this course (the regular fee for this course is $1,795 per person) This course is not being offered directly through TVIB so the TVIB Member Discount does not apply. Registration will process through QMII directly.

Should the above direct register link not work please use the following link and be sure to enter the code TVIB9001_SEP17 for a TVIB discount on their regular course fees.
Alternate Registration Link

Registrants can also call the QMII office for any assistance with registration at 888-357-9001.  If you do contact QMII directly, be sure to mention TVIB when registering for the course in Mandeville, LA.

TVIB has contracted with the Comfort Suites in Covington, LA to secure a group rate ($89 per night plus tax) for those who may need to make hotel arrangements.  The hotel is located approximately 8 miles from the training facility at the following address: Comfort Suites, 30 Louis Prima Drive, Covington, LA 70433, 985-809-1234. Please call the hotel directly at the number listed above and ask for the front desk (NOT central booking) to book your room.  You need to ask for the QMII ISO Course discounted rate. You must book your room no later than August 28, 2017 to take advantage of the group rate.

Marine Internal Lead Auditor (MILA) – 2-Day Course

This course is intended for those persons that wish to perform internal audits under Subchapter M.

  • September 12-13 in Paducah KY
  • October 17-18 in Houston, TX

46 CFR 138.310(d)(2) requires that persons performing internal audits complete an ANSI/ISO/ASQ Q9001-2000 or ISO 9001:2008(E) (incorporated by reference, see § 136.112 of this subchapter) internal auditor/assessor course or Coast Guard-recognized equivalent.

ACTSafe Training (joint venture of SafeMARINER and the ACTion group) had this course audited by a recognized third-party registrar and submitted it to the U.S. Coast. The U.S. Coast Guard has deemed this course as a “Coast Guard-recognized equivalent” in order to satisfy the requirements of 46 CFR 138.310(d)(2).

Course Information and Registration




Training Opportunities

We have multiple Subchapter M training opportunities quickly approaching. We will host the 3 day TSMS Auditor Certification course and the 4-day Annual Survey of Towing Vessels course together at Inland Marine Service in Hebron, KY, and the 2-day Coast Guard Recognized Marine Internal Lead Auditor course in Houston, TX.

TVIB has taken a new approach to teaching students how to conduct audits and surveys to confirm compliance with Subchapter M. This innovative week long course allows auditors and surveyors to attend a few days, or the entire week, depending on their needs for Subchapter M instruction. Individuals who are interested in obtaining both course certificates may register for both courses.

TSMS Auditor Certification course (3 day course) 
July 17-19, 2017 in Hebron, KY

This course is open to those members and non-members seeking training on auditing a TSMS under Subchapter M. The American Waterways Operators Responsible Carrier Program will be utilized as an example of an approved towing safety management system framework. Everyone who successfully completes the course will receive a course completion certificate. It is appropriate for existing auditors, compliance department individuals, or anyone responsible for overseeing an internal audit program. This course is the auditing course required for those individuals seeking TVIB TSMS Auditor Certification to conduct third-party compliance audits for TVIB as a TPO. Click here to register to attend or for more information.

Annual Survey of Towing Vessels course (4 day course)
July 18-21, 2017 in Hebron, KY

This open to those members and non-members. It provides surveyors with the knowledge and skills required to perform TVIB TPO Subchapter M annual surveys of towing vessels. It has been designed to teach those who will be performing surveys as a part of an internal survey program, as well as those surveyors who wish to hold the credential to perform external surveys for TVIB. Everyone who successfully completes the course will receive a course completion certificate. This course is the surveying course required for those individuals seeking the TVIB Certified Subchapter M Surveyor for Annual Surveys credential. Click here to register to attend or for more information.

Those individuals interested in taking both courses need to select the 5 day option to receive the combined class registration discount.

*TVIB members receive a 25% discount when registering for the course. 


Marine Internal Lead Auditor Course
See Website for Dates/Locations

Designed to teach and practice the specific skills, knowledge, and abilities needed to conduct and lead internal audits for commercial marine companies. The course is for internal auditors, external auditors wishing to learn more about auditing principles and techniques, marine executives, HSE managers, operations managers, safety consultants and regulators.

Recognized as “Substantially equal to an ISO 9001 auditor course” by the U.S. Coast Guard and is acceptable under Subchapter M requirements for internal auditor training, 46 CFR 138.310(d)(2). Meets the requirements of ANSI/ASSE Z 490.1-2016 Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, health and environmental training. This course is NOT the appropriate course for those individuals seeking Subchapter M TSMS auditor certification from TVIB to conduct third party AWO RCP and/or Subchapter M TSMS audits. Click here to register to attend or for more information.

TVIB at the Inland Waterways Conference and Upcoming Classes

We invite you to stop by our booth next week at the Inland Waterways Conference being hosted at the Hyatt Regency in Cincinnati.  If you have fellow industry friends with questions or prospective TPO customers bring them by and let’s have a conversation. We encourage our auditor and surveyor members to stop by the booth to catch up on all that’s been happening in your organization.

TVIB will be represented on a panel Tuesday morning titled “Special Forum: Sub Chapter M: The Changing Face of Coast Guard Inspections.”  There will be industry representatives from towing companies, Third Party Organizations, and USCG representatives on this panel. Click here to download the agenda for the conference.  Thank you all for your continued support of TVIB, we look forward to seeing you next week. Please make sure to stop by visit with us a bit.

Not a member yet?  Been thinking about joining TVIB? Stop by next week and let’s talk.

Don’t forget we have two upcoming classes open for registration:

Marine Internal Lead Auditor (MILA) – March 21-22 in Houston, TX – Click here for more information

Surveyor of Inspected Towing Vessels (SITV) – April 3-7 in Mandeville, LA – Click here for more information

Click here to view all course offerings from TVIB.