GMDSS General Operator Certificate (GOC)

Study Level

Course Code



Lowestoft Campus


2 Weeks


This certificate permits the holder to operate a GMDSS radio installation, including satellite communications equipment, on compulsorily fitted vessels sailing in any of the GMDSS sea areas A1, A2, A3 or A4 and is STCW endorsed.

The course is suitable for Merchant Navy deck officers, commercial Yachtmasters and off-shore radio operators serving on mobile platforms.

Course content:

  • Safety of life at sea (SOLAS)
  • General radio regulations
  • Distress communications and log-keeping

Practical operation of:

  • MF/HF terrestrial transceiver
  • VHF transceiver
  • Navtex
  • HF/MF/VHF DSC equipment
  • Inmarsat C System
  • Inmarsat B
  • SART and EPIRB
  • Battery charging and maintenance

Course dates:

  • 23 Sept – 04 October 2019
  • 14 – 25 October 2019
  • 11 – 22 November 2019

Course cost:

£1332  tuition (includes vat and £180 Exam Fee)


To book call +44(0)1502 525033, email
or download a booking form and return to the email address above

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Theory and practical assessment at the end of the course.

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