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On this page you will find information detailing the entry requirements, training and approval process, and general responsibilities of an OSVDPA Qualified on Board Assessor (QOBA). More detailed descriptions of the QOBA application process and responsibilities can be found in Section 21 of OSVDPA MPP-1-CV, the OSVDPA Manual of Policies and Procedures (Current Version).

In order to become a QOBA, please submit a completed copy of Form QA-1-CV, the Qualified on Board Assessor Application. A copy of this form, in addition to other relevant OSVDPA documents can be accessed via the QOBA File Library which can be found in the blue menu bar at the top of this page. A web-based version of this form can be accessed by navigating to the "Apply to Become a QOBA" page under the "I Want To..." tab above or by clicking here.

What is a QOBA?

An OSVDPA QOBA is a DPO certified by the OSVDPA to conduct the Phase 4 and Phase 5 Assessments of DPOs or Prospective DPOs in the OSVDPA Certification Scheme. 

What are the Responsibilities of a QOBA?

As stated in the above definition, a QOBA's responsibilities include the conducting of the Phase 4 and Phase 5 Assessments. In conducting these assessments, the QOBA utilizes criteria established by the OSVDPA to evaluate whether the DPO or Prospective DPO has passed the assessment.

The Phase 4 Assessment is taken by Prospective DPOs upon completion of Phase 4 (Watchkeeping) and if successfully completed, results in the issuance of Class A or Class B DPO Certificate (depending upon the level of DP boat aboard which the Prospective DPO completed his or her experience requirements).

The Phase 5 Assessment is offered to DPOs who hold a Class B DPO Certificate (Limited) and would like to upgrade to a Class A DPO Certificate (Unlimited). Upon successful completion of Phase 5 (Upgrade) and  the Phase 5 Assessment, a DPO will be issued his or her Class A DPO Certificate (Unlimited).

How Do I Become an QOBA?

Individuals interested in applying to become a QOBA must meet, and be able to document experience meeting, the requirements set forth in Section 21 of  OSVDPA MPP-1-CV. In general, a QOBA:

  • Is a certified DPO (certified by any recognized DPO Certification Body),
  • Has accrued 150 days of Sea Time and 450 hours of Practical Experience within the past five (5) years, and
  • Passed a flag-state approved on board assessing course.

Note: A QOBA must hold a DPO certificate that is equal to or greater than the level for which they are assessing.

Once the application has been received and approved, the OSVDPA will notify the applicant that he or she is eligible to become a QOBA and must pay Fee QA-1, as referenced in OSVDPA FS-1-CV, the OSVDPA Fee Schedule (Current Version). Upon receipt of payment, the OSVDPA will then provide the new applicant with a certificate confirming their status as a QOBA and will also provide them with access to the assessment section of the OSVDPA website. At this point, the QOBA is able to conduct the assessments for which they qualify (see note above). 

QOBA certificates are valid for five (5) years from the date printed on the certificate, provided the QOBA maintains a valid DPO certificate. 


If after reading through this page and the referenced documents you still have questions regarding our QOBAs or the process through which one becomes a QOBA, please feel free to contact the OSVDPA's Operations Manager at +1 (504) 528-9414.

OSVDPA Standards

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The OSVDPA Standards Library contains the standards and policies and procedures by which the OSVDPA operates.
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
OSVDPA MPP-1-005 PDF (3.85 MB)  more ] Administration 10/10/2019
OSVDPA MEM-1-003 PDF (309.16 KB)  more ] Administration 11/2/2018
OSVDPA FS-1-004 PDF (321.73 KB)  more ] Administration 5/21/2018
OSVDPA CT-1-001 PDF (260.19 KB)  more ] Administration 8/8/2016
OSVDPA SIM-1-001 PDF (217.87 KB)  more ] Administration 8/8/2016
OSVDPA AS-1-001 PDF (3.23 MB)  more ] Administration 5/23/2016

QOBA Forms

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The QOBA Forms File Library is used by DPOs interested in applying to become an OSVDPA Qualified on Board Assessor (QOBA).
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Form QA-1-002 PDF (292.83 KB)  more ] Administration 6/2/2016