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GMDSS - General Operator's Course

£1,295 GBP

Course Type:
Additional STCW courses
Training School:
LJMU Maritime Centre
Birkenhead, Wirral, United Kingdom
9 days

GMDSS General Operators Course (GOC) (STCW A-IV/2)


9 Days including examination


Basic computer operation skills, knowledge of phonetic alphabets and International Code of Signals


Examination administered by AMERC. For the issue of a certificate candidates must:

  • Be not less than 18 years of age;
  • Meet the standards of competency in Table A-1V/2 of the STCW Code;
  • Pass the GOC Practical & Theoretical Examination.


Classroom theory sessions combined with practical exercises on the use of all communication equipment in LJMU’s GMDSS simulation suit.


MCA as per the STCW Code section STCW A-IV/2

Course Description

This Training Course is intended for Seafarers who require a Global Maritime, Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) General Operators certificate in accordance with Section A-IV/2 of the STCW Code.

The Course operates over 9 working days and has both Theoretical and Practical Examinable modules. Practical exercises form a significant part of the course.

Upon successful completion of the Course and success in the examinations, the delegate will have knowledge of the GMDSS System and be able to take Charge of communications with the relevant rescue authority in emergency situations. They will be able to:

  • Communicate using terrestrial systems operating in the medium, high and very high frequency bands;
  • Use Digital selective calling devices;
  • Communicate using satellite systems – types A, B & C;
  • Operate and test SART & EPIRB;
  • Use ITU and ALRS Publications;
  • Carry out maintenance procedures for batteries and Aerials.

School Website

LJMU Maritime Centre

3 Vanguard Way
Campbeltown Road
CH41 9HX
United Kingdom

Tel: (+44) 01512315090
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