Program of Study

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary University Programs (AUP) - Program of Study - August 2013
Course registration is now available on the individual class page via the AUP Portal.

Students enrolled in the Coast Guard Auxiliary University Program complete a program of study incorporating basic Coast Guard and nautical education, operational training, leadership development, and more advanced maritime safety and homeland security topics.

Download a PDF of the complete AUP Program of Study. This document includes a complete listing of courses, operational qualifications, course substitutions, procedures for course completion and graduation,and important links.  The information below is a summary.

AUP Qualification Levels

Students must meet a series of prescribed coursework and performance criteria in order to progress through three AUP qualifications through their time in the program:
  • AUP Student (valid for 12 months);
  • AUP Senior (valid for 3 years);
  • AUP Graduate (permanent).
An enrolled student that completes this U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary University Programs (AUP) Program of Study will be recognized as a "AUP Graduate."  Students who do not complete the Program of Study will be designated as "Incomplete."  Students that began in AUP but who later transferred to and graduated from the Coast Guard Academy or who complete an officer entry program will also receive "AUP Graduate" recognition.

Course Requirements

All students must complete the following in order to graduate from AUP:
  • All 100 level "General Requirements" courses;
  • Minimum of one AUP 200 ­level “Elective” course;
  • Minimum of one AUP 300 ­level “Leadership Capstone” course;
  • Minimum of one one Operational Qualification;
  • Minimum 50 hours Leadership Education time logged;
  • Favorable AUP participation endorsement from assigned Unit Officer; and
  • Minimum 4­ year bachelor degree granted by institution at which student is enrolled.
Graduating students must submit the AUP Personal Qualification Checklists during their last semester, recommended 45-60 days in advance of graduation.  This form is found as an appendix to the Program of Study.  Once completed the form should be sent to the AUP Personnel Program Manager.

General Requirements

Students must complete all of these before end of first year in AUP to maintain AUP qualification and qualify as “AUP Senior.”
  • AUP 101 - Basic Introduction Course (BIC)
  • AUP 103 - Intro to Incident Management
  • AUP 110 - Safe Boating


Students must complete at least one of these in order to qualify as an “Auxiliary University Program Graduate.”  Electives provide students with knowledge that prepares them to earn a corresponding operational qualification through further on the job training.
  • AUP 210 - Boat Operations
  • AUP 220 - Communications
  • AUP 230 - Marine Safety
  • AUP 240 - Vessel Examination
  • AUP 250 - Public Affairs
  • AUP 260 - Aviation

Leadership Capstone

Students must complete at least one of these in order to qualify as an “Auxiliary University Program Graduate.”  Capstones allow students to explore specific topics of interest relevant to their professional, research, operational, or leadership goals.
  • AUP 301 - Leadership and Management
  • AUP 302 - Internship
  • AUP 303 - Independent Project
  • AUP 304 - Homeland Security
  • AUP 310 - Small Boat Leadership

Operational Qualification

Students must earn at least one of these operational qualifications through on the job training.

Boat Crew

Serve as crew on on the water, underway on small boats.

Vessel Examiner

Keep others safe on the water through annual inspections.

Telecoms Operator

Serve in an operational USCG radio room or command center.

Public Affairs Specialist

Serve the Coast Guard as journalist, photographer, more.

Marine Safety Training Ribbon

Focus on safety and protection of the marine environment.

Air Observer

Serve in the skies supporting Auxiliary Aviation missions.

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