Center and covers both the 1972 COLREGS and the Inland Navigation Rules. There
are two versions of this examination, the initial and the renewal.
Initial DWO Exam (DWINTO) (Closed Book). Required for those members who
have not previously passed the DWO Exam, or have exceeded a period of five-
years since the date of their last examination.
Renewal DWO Exam (DWINTR) (Open Book). Administered to members who
have previously passed an Initial Exam or a Renewal Exam within the last five
years. This five-year period of eligibility commences on the date of their last
examination. This test is proctored open book, permitting the candidate to use a
new, corrected-to-date, but otherwise unmarked copy of reference (a).
Inland DWO Exam. Previously administered by the Institute to those personnel
assigned to inland tenders operating on the Western Rivers and now obsolete. All Coast
Guard members must pass the DWO Exam discussed in paragraph 5.a of this Instruction
(International and Inland Rules of the Road) to meet requirements.
Merchant Marine Rules of the Road Examinations. There are a number of examination
modules which are taken in conjunction with a maritime license application, but only
one may be used to earn Coast Guard DWO examination credit. The Rules of the
Road examination module for International + Inland-Upper Level Licenses, Module
Number 054XX (the last two may be any number) is the only authorized substitute
for the DWINTO. Persons completing this exam are required to submit a copy of their
test score sheet to the Institute and apply for credit. There is no merchant equivalent for
the renewal DWINTR. Coast Guard members who use Module 054XX for initial
qualification must take the Coast Guard Institute DWINTR exam before the five year
period expires in order to meet requirements.
Coast Guard Rules of the Road Exam. The non-resident Rules of the Road course
(0469) and related examination developed and maintained by the Boatswain's Mate
Non-Resident Training office at Boat Forces Center specifically for boatcrew, coxswain
and shipboard lookout certifications. This examination is not an authorized alternative
to the Coast Guard DWO exam described in paragraph 5.a.
Execution of Orders. The date a member detaches PCS from duty station en route an
afloat assignment involving underway OOD/ship control duties.
Affected Personnel. Cutter Commanding Officers, Officers-in-Charge, Executive
Officers, Executive Petty Officers and any Command designated underway OODs shall
pass the appropriate (Initial or Renewal) DWO Exam.
Authorized Exam. The Coast Guard DWO Exam (International/Inland rules) and the
Merchant Marine Rules of the Road Exam (closed book) are the only authorized