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Welcome to the Auxiliary Upper-Level Officer Course Web Site


The Auxiliary Upper Level Officer Course (AULOC) is adapted from material taught in the USCG Senior Leadership Principles and Skills (SLPS) Course and the Mid-Career Officer Transition Course (MCOTC). It is based on the 28 Leadership Competencies, which lay the foundation for all leadership skills necessary to successful leadership in the Coast Guard and the Auxiliary.

This is a 48-hour course of which 22.5 hours are normally held during the National Training Meeting (N-TRAIN) in January and also at the National Auxiliary Convention (NACON) in August. The course uses a variety of instructional methods to deliver and demonstrate effective leadership techniques appropriate to the senior levels of the Auxiliary. The course includes 6 hours of pre-residency assignments and 19.5 virtual hours of post classroom work using Zoom and Moodle. Students are required to complete all 48 hours to receive the AULOC Certificate.

Periodically this course will also be offered during the year via the Zoom and Moodle platforms over an approximate 8 week time frame with class held twice a week.

Topics covered and practiced include: Goals of AULOC, DCAPT, DIRd and DSO's duties and responsibilities, servant leadership, you as an agent of change, vision development, team building, functions of the Auxiliary Association, influencing others, investigations, conflict management, diversity, communications, emotional intelligence, and transition management. Students demonstrate their knowledge of each competency through the use of skill checks, demonstrations of their ability to implement their use through interactive exercises, and a capstone event.

The course is based on a structure of USCG leadership competencies, providing both alignment with Coast Guard standards, the Auxiliary Leadership Framework and Leadership Development Strategy, while addressing the unique training issues facing the volunteer administrator. Auxiliarist Instructors teaching this course have completed the USCG Instructor Development Course (IDC)and are certified USCG Instructors

This course will:

Prepare students to positively impact their District and the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Give students a broad and future oriented perspective.

Create opportunities for students to leverage an expanded peer network across multiple specialties.

Provide students with awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses and their impact on others.

Provide students with an understanding of how all Coast Guard Auxiliary components work together to accomplish the Coast Guard’s Auxiliary missions.

Provide a learning experience that will reinvigorate students and foster a sense of commitment to the organization and its missions.

Conduct a course that is dynamic, informative and student-centered through the use of rigorous academics and blended learning methods provide the skills students need to tackle complex problems in a systematic and disciplined way.

Ensure students understand how the Coast Guard Auxiliary interacts with and is influenced by governmental and non-governmental agencies to accomplish national priorities of the organization.

To successfully complete this course, the student must meet all the terminal performance objectives unless otherwise stated in the objective.

AULOC qualifies as a leadership course that can get up to one credit towards AUXOP certification.

The list of courses in the leadership category includes AULOC.  AULOC is highly recommended for all newly elected DCAPTs, appointed DIRd's and DSO's. AULOC is a pre-requisite for the Auxiliary Senior Officer Course (ASOC).


The resident course (22.5 hours) is normally held during the National Training Conference (NTRAIN) or at the National Auxiliary Conference (NACON). There are approximately 6 hours of pre-class work assignments on Moodle and 19.5 hours post resident course using virtual classroom work on Zoom and Moodle platforms.

Periodically, AULOC will be offered during the year using only the virtual platforms Zoom and Moodle. The virtual class is approximately 8 weeks in duration with classes held twice a week.  


Successful completion of the course requires that all pre-class assignments be completed before the resident or virtual class sessions begin so as to prepare students for the intense training delivered during the resident or virtual presentations.

Pre-class assignment completion, completion of the resident class and the post resident virtual classes will be required for graduation certificates to be issued. Similarly, should the class be completely virtual, students are required to attend all sessions and complete all pre and post class assignments to receive a graduation certificate.

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