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Welcome to the Training Directorate Web Site

Directorate Leadership

Faron Petteys
Director of Training

                          National Training Directorate 

Appropriate and effective training of our members is key to a highly evolved, dynamic, effective, and efficient organization. Training enables us to become valuable partners with the Coast Guard helping them meet mission objectives. Also, we meet our commitment to being of service not only to the maritime community but the community as a whole.

The Training Directorate is committed to providing the best training available, economically, utilizing the latest techniques in multimedia, online delivery of materials, online distance learning, and online self and proctored testing. Available to members are presentations, videos, instructional guides and online classrooms that cover the skills, interests, and qualifications that our members desire or need to have.
Directorate Leadership
Bill Ballard
Bill Ballard
Deputy Director of Training

Member Training for All Auxiliarists in All Disciplines

Member Training includes all training provided in and by the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary for Auxiliary members. It spans the following directorates: Response, Prevention, Vessel Examination, Public Education, RBS Outreach, Public Affairs, and Training. It includes AUXOP courses, Certification Courses, Public Education Courses, Mandatory Workshops, and Mandated Training. Training sources include Manuals, Power Points, Personal Qualification Guides (PQS), Exams, or password protected online websites. It is often not clear where to look to find the training material you need or even to know what training is available and what pre-requisites are needed. 

Committed Professionals  

We are a team of committed, volunteer professionals that include educators, media experts, writers and editors, course designers, and leadership experts. The Department is organized into seven (7) divisions:  Advanced Learning, Leadership Development, Distance Learning Development, Advanced Distance Learning Management, Directorate Services, and District Liaison.

Advanced Learning Division

Our Advanced Training Division team, led by Mr. Kevin Conquest, focuses on the Operational Auxiliarist courses, better known as AUXOP, to ensure that the latest policies, procedures, and techniques are continually incorporated, and that the subject matter is presented accurately. This division incorporates subject matter experts (SMEs) in both writing and field-support capacities.

Leadership Development Division

The Leadership Division is headed by Ms. Cathie Slabaugh and is responsible to bring to you the very latest in leadership techniques, strategy, and methodology. The Division is staffed by members with years of experience in leadership.

Advanced Distance Learning Management Division

The Advanced Distance Learning Management division, headed by Mr. Jonathan Ahlbrand, focuses on leveraging various e-learning and distance learning technologies to deliver synchronous and asynchronous training programs for the Auxiliary membership. The division also oversees the Auxiliary Online Classroom.

Distance Learning Development Division

The Distance Learning Development division, led by Dr. Sarah Canatsey, provides training program consultation, development, instructional design, and evaluation services to all Auxiliary units and directorates. This division provides expertise in training requirements analysis, instructional design, and courseware development for new and existing Auxiliary training products, as well as comprehensive evaluation of current training courses and programs to validate alignment with desired training outcomes. 

Directorate Services Division

The Directorate Services Division, led by Mr. Klaas Nijhuis, handles all training project management, administrative support, front-end analysis of new courses, the directorate website, and directorate performance metrics.

Mentoring & Coaching Division

The Mentoring & Coaching Division, led by Dr. Dale Fajardo, handles the administration of Auxiliarists involved in the Coast Guard Mentoring Programs as well as other mentorship and coaching training projects across the entire Auxiliary organization.

District Liaison Division

The District Liaison Division, led by Dr. Eric Watters, is responsible for the Training Directorate's collaboration with member training officers at the district, division, and flotilla levels to ensure that we are working in conjunction with one another towards our common goal: better trained members. 


Our Invitation to You

We encourage you to browse our site, offer suggestions, and even become a member of our team.

Don't forget to check the What's New section on the site for the latest information from the Training Directorate.

For comments about or corrections to this site, please contact Faron Petteys, Acting Director of Training, at