Boat operator training is required for all University employees who drive ANY water vessel while conducting University business. This includes any personal vessel used for state business. Initial training is required within 90 days of hire or within 90 days of being assigned a duty to operate a water vessel while conducting University business. Participants who complete the online training course are required to send verification of completion, along with the completed Water Vessel Authorization Form to the EH&S Office at Parker Hall.
Authorization to drive a water vessel is not given until training is complete, a background check is verified through the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and the EH&S Director has signed the Water Vessel Authorization Form (DA2066).
Boater Operator Safety Refresher Training
Boater operators are required to refresh their training every 3 years. Department of Wildlife & Fisheries has implemented a short Online PowerPoint for recertification. Participants who complete the online training course are required to send verification of completion, along with a completed Water Vessel Authorization Form to the EH&S Office at Parker Hall.
This course is offered through LEO (Louisiana Employees Online). If you do not have an employee "H Number" you will have to request this number from Human Resources, at (337)482-6242. If you do not have an account in the LEO system, you will have to create one, with a password that is unique to your P Number. Once in the LEO system, you will need to go to training and conduct a search for Safe Boating. The LEO course title is "ORM Safe Boating in Louisiana-Refresher". You will have to view all of the PowerPoint slides then answer a short quiz at the end of the course. You must send a copy of the refresher course certificate (or a course completion printout, which can be printed in LEO) and the Water Vessel Authorization Form (hardcopy) to the EH&S office to receive credit for the course.
For students who need to take this training course, LEO cannot be used, as they are not state employees and do not have a P Number. They may take the course by viewing the ORM Safe Boating in Louisiana Powerpoint and taking the Boating Refresher Exam. The Exam (hardcopy) and Water Vessel Authorization Form (hardcopy) must be returned to the EH&S office to receive credit for the course.
For more information regarding Boater Safety Training or the EH&S Policy-Section 19, please call the EH&S Assistant Safety Director at (337) 482-1049.