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Specialist Courses in Marine Radio Communication


The base GMDSS qualification for the Professional Mariner.

The GMDSS Restricted Operator's Certificate (ROC) has been introduced by the MCA to serve the needs of SOLAS Conventions vessels that sail exclusively within GMDSS A1 Sea Areas. On such ships bridge watch-keepers require the ROC or the higher grade General Certificate (GOC). with the STCW   (PREVIOUSLY STCW-95) endorsement.

The GMDSS ROC will be of particular interest for candidates for MCA 200 tons certificates and Pilots, Harbour Masters and marine shore staff. 


        The GMDSS (ROC) follows a course syllabus and standard as laid down by the IMO and CEPT. There are no nationality requirements in order to he awarded the ROC. The qualification is internationally recognised. The ROC course is  3 days followed by the examination. 

        The examination has 3 elements
        - Radio Procedures - (written or oral paper)
        - Voice exercise - Simulated Distress Communications
        - Operational Performance Test -

        Course commences: 0900 -1700 each day
        Examination: early evening on the third day.


- Please bring two passport photographs and either your passport or discharge book.
- Fluency in English : Although there are no nationality requirements, all candidates must be fluent in both English and the phonetic alphabet.

    - 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 MCA website also has some useful links around certification and training


    Course Fee per person (based on min of 2 candidates): 295. Why pay more.
    plus the MCA examination fee: 140.

    Maximum number of students on this course is five. We have a wide range of equipment to offer you practical experience.  Local accommodation  at Northcourt Manor or at Westcourt Manor is available  for about 35 per night with full English breakfast.

    Individuals and Marine companies interested in other course dates - please contact us 

    Any queries on individual circumstances can be referred to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

    Course Dates


    March 26th 27th 28th           ( 1 places remaining )

    November  19th 20th 21st    ( 3 places remaining)

    Other dates are available on request provided you are booking/paying for at least two spaces on a course. 

    Book onto a course

    Please contact us on 07968 229335 or for upcoming dates. We ask you to pay a 80 deposit (non refundable) up front by cheque or money transfer to secure your place. The remainder of the course fee is due one week before the course commences.

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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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