14 U.S. Code § 57 - Prevention and response workforces
(a) Career Paths.— The Secretary, acting through the Commandant, shall ensure that appropriate career paths for civilian and military Coast Guard personnel who wish to pursue career paths in prevention or response positions are identified in terms of the education, training, experience, and assignments necessary for career progression of civilians and members of the Armed Forces to the most senior prevention or response positions, as appropriate. The Secretary shall make available published information on such career paths.
(b) Qualifications for Certain Assignments.— An officer, member, or civilian employee of the Coast Guard assigned as a—
(1) marine inspector shall have the training, experience, and qualifications equivalent to that required for a similar position at a classification society recognized by the Secretary under section 3316 of title 46 for the type of vessel, system, or equipment that is inspected;
(2) marine casualty investigator shall have the training, experience, and qualifications in investigation, marine casualty reconstruction, evidence collection and preservation, human factors, and documentation using best investigation practices by Federal and non-Federal entities; or
(3) marine safety engineer shall have knowledge, skill, and practical experience in—
(B) judging the character, strength, stability, and safety qualities of such vessels and their equipment; or
(c) Apprenticeship Requirement To Qualify for Certain Careers.— The Commandant may require an officer, member, or employee of the Coast Guard in training for a specialized prevention or response career path to serve an apprenticeship under the guidance of a qualified individual. However, an individual in training to become a marine inspector, marine casualty investigator, or marine safety engineer shall serve a minimum of one-year as an apprentice unless the Commandant authorizes a shorter period for certain qualifications.
(d) Management Information System.— The Secretary, acting through the Commandant, shall establish a management information system for the prevention and response workforces that shall provide, at a minimum, the following standardized information on persons serving in those workforces:
(e) Assessment of Adequacy of Marine Safety Workforce.—
(1) Report.— The Secretary, acting through the Commandant, shall report to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate by December 1 of each year on the adequacy of the current marine safety workforce to meet that anticipated workload.
(f) Sector Chief of Prevention.— There shall be in each Coast Guard sector a Chief of Prevention who shall be at least a Lieutenant Commander or civilian employee within the grade GS–13 of the General Schedule, and who shall be a—
(1) marine inspector, qualified to inspect vessels, vessel systems, and equipment commonly found in the sector; and
(g) Signatories of Letter of Qualification for Certain Prevention Personnel.— Each individual signing a letter of qualification for marine safety personnel must hold a letter of qualification for the type being certified.