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.
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.
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.
- Radio Communication and Logkeeping (Practical and Written)
- Solas Procedures and Radio Regulations (Written)
- 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.
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