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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).

Course Structure

8 consecutive days, including examination. 

Theory is underpinned with practical work on wide range of GMDSS equipment.

The examination has 3 elements:

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

The examination is toward the end of day eight.

We work hard to ensure you have the knowledge and practical ability you require.

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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.

Course Fees  

740 (per person, plus MCA exam fee) for 8 days, best value course, why pay more?

 985 With Accommodation and full English breakfast if you book at WESTCOURT MANOR.

 NORTHCOURT MANOR is next door and offers afordable comfortable accommodation.


Included - a simple light lunch, tea, coffee, and biscuits.

Accommodation is available a short walk away at NORTHCOURT MANOR  or at WESTCOURT MANOR  for about 35 a night, bed and excellent full English Breakfast.  Good food is also available all day at the Crown Inn, in the beautiful village of Shorwell (AONB),  just a few steps away. 

Course Dates:  


march       12-19th             full 

april           6- 13th              2 places

We will also endeavour to run a personalised course around your available free time.

Contact us if you would like to discuss this option.

Book onto a course

To book onto a course, please contact us on 07968 229335 or We ask you to pay a 100 deposit (non refundable) by cheque or money transfer. The balance to be paid on the second day of the course if you are  pleased with the tuition and equipment, and you wish to complete the course.

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Address: Kim Holt, RT Training, 4 Northcourt Close, Shorwell, Isle of Wight,
PO30 3LD Phone: +44 (0)7968 229335 
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