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Specialist Courses in Marine Radio Communication

GMDSS General Operator Certificate (GOC) 

The GOC certificate is the highest GMDSS operators qualification suitable for the professional mariner including Merchant Navy Deck Officers, offshore Radio Operators serving on mobile platforms and Commercial Yachtmasters.

This M.C.A. certificate can be STCW endorsed and permits the holder to operate the radio installation on GMDSS compliant/compulsorily equipped vessels operating in any of the GMDSS Sea areas (A1 - A4).

goc Course Structure

8 days or sixty hours, including examination. 

Theory is underpinned with practical work on your own individual equipment, one to one assistance.. 

The examination has 3 elements:

- Radio Procedures     (25 minutes written paper)
- Voice exercise         (Simulated Distress)
- Practical operation of GMDSS systems.

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Course Requirements

Two passport photographs and either your passport or discharge book.

Fluency in English: Although there is no nationality requirement all candidates must be fluent in both English and the phonetic alphabet. You should be over 18 years of age.

Recommended reading: ‘GMDSS A User’s Handbook’ By Denise Brehaut. Published by Adlard Coles Nautical ISBN 978-1408114933

STCW requirements: seafarers who hold UK certificates who have to comply with requirements of the STCW Code must have their GMDSS Certificates endorsed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). 

The following links may also prove useful – Application for initial STCW endorsement and Training and certification and guidance.


Plus the MCA exam fee, currently 180 






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