Covid 19

Dear Customer
You will all be aware that Covid 19 is a 1918 Spanish Flu like epidemic. It can be fatal to all age groups if caught. It is transmitted by coughing or sneezing and is particularly dangerous to those over 60 and those people with underlying health conditions.
We are constantly listening carefully to the latest Government advice regarding this viral outbreak. This states that it is particularly important, that anyone showing symptoms of fever or a constant dry cough, no matter how mild, should self-isolate (including family – if any) for 7 days and refrain from social or official contact. This includes not attending any courses booked with us or any other external activity involving proximity to other people. Additionally, and in any case, close social contact, which many of our course require, is advised against.
Our duty at Western Maritime Training Ltd is to ensure that you (or your employees) and our staff attend training events that are as safe as possible within the latest official guideline’s enforcements to date.
Accordingly, and in order that we all remain as safe as possible, we are mothballing our services until Government advice changes. Covid 19 is such a generic threat to the population that running face to face training is not an acceptable risk. Colleges and Universities are taking similar action.
With immediate effect our payment portals are now closed, and no further bookings will be taken. Customers already booked to courses will be offered alternative dates as soon as the situation becomes clearer. We will still be able to offer career and qualifications advice over the telephone. Please be aware that this may be limited access to this facility at times. You will be able to leave telephone messages if we are unable to talk to you immediately.
We regret having to take this action, we have operated under the same ownership and management for 24 years continuously, providing first class and value-for-money training and education. However, the safety of you and us and all our loved ones is paramount.
We look forward to being of service to you again soon.

GMDSS ROC - Restricted Operator's Certificate

The ROC certificate is the minimum level of maritime radio qualification required by the professional seafarer. It meets all STCW conditions and is the minimum requirement for MCA for Certificates of Competence.

The qualification is designed for mariners working exclusively within GMDSS Sea Area A1, defined as being within VHF range of a Coast Station. Mariners operating beyond Sea Area A1, or applying for any unlimited Certificate of Competence will require a GOC qualification.

This certificate is suitable for pilots, port control operators, offshore, windfarm and workboat operators and fishermen operating in coastal waters. 

Pre- Course Requirements

Candidates must be over 18 and have a good command the English Language. Knowledge of the phonetic alphabet and some experience using a computer keyboard are also useful.

Course Content

SOLAS procedures for the transmission and reception of Distress, Urgency and Safety communications within GMDSS Sea Area A1.

  • Practical Operation of;
  • Marine VHF Radio
  • VHF DSC controller
  • Navtex Receiver
  • Portable survival equipment – EPIRB, SART. AIS-SART Handheld VHF
  • Distress communications and logkeeping.
  • General radio regulations, systems and good practice.
  • Battery maintenance.

Course Delivery

GMDSS training mixes classroom teaching with multiple practical sessions to consolidate the skills and procedures taught to achieve the required standard.

A mixture of live and simulated equipment is used to give candidates the maximum time and opportunity to become familiar with the necessary equipment.

Mock exam papers are set as homework in preparation for the written exam.

Assessment and Certification

The ROC is assessed by an external AMERC examiner, there are 3 components to the exam.

  1. Radio Communication and Logkeeping (Practical and Written)
  2. Solas Procedures and Radio Regulations (Written)
  3. Operational Performance (Practical)

The examiner will advise candidates of their result on completion of all 3 modules, the exam papers are then sent to AMERC for verification and the ROC certificate will be issued accordingly.

Client Testimonials

The instructor is very engaging. His enthusiasm and drive to deliver the best course possible is apparent at all times. GMDSS ROC Candidate, January 2019.

Excellent delivery, constantly upbeat, friendly and approachable. Obvious subject knowledge. GMDSS ROC Candidate, October 2018


To book, select the course you want below and click 'Book Now' on the event page. 

Radio Installlation - GMDSS ROC Radio Training Course

Course Cost

Course Fee £510.00

Exam Fee £160.00

Total (Inc. VAT) £670.00

Course Duration

3 Days.

Exams taken in the afternoon on day 3

Approved By

Western Maritime Training is a member of AMERC - The Association of Marine and Electronic Radio Colleges, the governing body for GMDSS GOC and ROC Radio courses

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