GMDSS GOC - General Operator's Certificate
The General Operator's Certificate is the highest level of radio operator’s licence available to the professional mariner. It meets all STCW conditions and is a requirement for unlimited MCA Certificates of Competence.
The GOC permits the holder to operate the radio installation on board any vessel operating in any Sea Area, with additional responsibility for equipment testing and undertaking any emergency communications.
Pre- Course Requirements
Candidates must be over 18, have a good command the English Language and know the phonetic alphabet.
GOC Course Content
The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) masterplan, components and how they work together.
SOLAS procedures for transmission and reception of Distress, Urgency and Safety Communication across all platforms.
Practical operation of:
- MF/HF/VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
- MF/HF Transceiver
- VHF Radio
- Fleet F77 Voice
- Inmarsat C Telex
- Navtex Receiver
- Inmarsat C EGC
- Portable survival equipment - EPIRB, SART, AIS-SART, Handheld VHF.
- Distress communications and logkeeping.
- General radio regulations, systems and good practice.
- Battery maintenance.
GOC Course Delivery
Classroom teaching for the GOC is mixed with multiple practical sessions to consolidate the skills and procedures taught to achieve the required standard.
Live equipment is used for practical sessions on MF/HF/VHF, DSC and NAVTEX operation, each student also has their own Transas GMDSS simulation station for mastering Inmarsat equipment.
Mock exam papers are provided for private study in preparation for the written exam.
Assessment and Certification
The GOC 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 GOC certificates are issued accordingly.
Really good balance of taught sessions and guided/supported study.Very clear explanations and analogies. Elsa Chance - GMDSS GOC Candidate, February 2016
This must be a difficult course to keep the students interested and motivated. Our instructor did this really well and was very patient throughout. Focussing at any time on the areas where we needed the most help was particularly good. GMDSS GOC Candidate, September 2015.