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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, including examination. (60 hours training)

Theory is underpinned with practical work on your own individual equipment, one to one assistance MAXIMUM 5 STUDENTS . 

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. preferably latest editon. 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 cost




Pre-course learning material, Course Notes, light refreshments available throughout the day, 60 hours training over consecutive 8 days, individual use of user friendly radio equipment and interactive simulators, highly qualified trainers/examiners with unrivalled lifetime careers in radio communications and teaching, GOC Course Completion Certificate, free off road parking, small class size maximum 5, tuition tailored to an individuals requirements in relaxed freindly learning environment, best value. 

Not included

MCA exam fee currently 180, Lunch, Accommodation.

dates: 2024

september 27th TO october 4th  


 only as good as our last course. The last course in 2022 3 MCA/MRCC Opps/Trainers and these are their testomonials.

Genuinely the best course I've attended in some years. Kim's knowledge and delivery is first class and I've never been more prepared for an exam like this GOC. Thouroughly recommneded to anyone regardless of experience.

I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this course the knowledge I have gained will be very useful in my role and career.

Would 100 percent recommend the course to anyone who was nterested. Kim has a huge amount of experience and places this at the heart of the course. I've learned loads.




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