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GMDSS General Operator's Certificate (GOC)

About this course

The GMDSS General Operators Certificate (GOC) is the highest level GMDSS radio operator qualification and is suitable for professional mariners including Merchant Navy deck officers, offshore radio operators serving on mobile platforms, and commercial yachtmasters.

Holders of the GMDSS GOC are certified to operate all licensed marine radio equipment, including radiotelephony, digital selective calling, radio telex, and satellite mobile earth stations. The certificate can be STCW endorsed and permits the holder to operate the radio installation on GMDSS compliant/compulsorily equipped vessels operating in any of the GMDSS sea areas (A1-A4).

Course content

This intensive eight-day course prepares students for the GMDSS GOC exam. The course is delivered by a highly experienced team of professional communicators, providing both breadth and depth of operational and technical knowledge gained in industry. Course instructors are also experienced MCA GMDSS examiners who can provide targeted guidance and support to students.

The course is a structured mixture of theory and practical application and covers three main areas:

  • Radio regulations and procedures relating to Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)
  • Practical operation of GMDSS systems
  • Radiotelephone procedures.

Students will gain detailed practical knowledge of the equipment of ship stations including digital selective calling (DSC), the principles of telex over radio, and to inmarsat systems. Operational procedures and practices and the exchange of communications relevant to the safety of life at sea are also covered.

STCW requirements

Seafarers holding UK CoCs who have to comply with requirements of the STCW Code must have their GMDSS certificates endorsed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). See the AMERC website for further information on endorsement and revalidation.

Course duration

Please note, from 1 August 2019, the duration of this course will be 10 days.

Course delivery location

This course is delivered from our new maritime simulation centre at Solent University's main East Park Terrace campus in Southampton city centre. Please check your joining instructions for further information. 

How to book

Please contact the admissions team if you require more information about this course:

Telephone: +44 (0)23 8201 5004 

Normal office hours are (UK time):
Monday - Thursday: 08.30 - 17.00
Friday 08.30 - 16.30

Online bookings will be confirmed with joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment should be received in the normal way.

Please ensure you follow the booking process and do not enter payment details more than once, unless you are booking more than one course. If you experience any issues, please email

Your joining instructions will tell you which campus your training will take place at - please read carefully and take note.

Course availability and booking

Date Places Fee Book
Monday 21 October 2019 Yes £1335 Enquire
Monday 11 November 2019 No £1335 Enquire
Monday 2 December 2019 Yes £1335 Book
Monday 20 January 2020 Yes £1335 Book
Monday 10 February 2020 Yes £1335 Book
Monday 2 March 2020 Yes £1335 Book
Monday 23 March 2020 Yes £1335 Book
Monday 20 April 2020 Yes £1335 Book
Monday 11 May 2020 No £1335 Enquire
Monday 11 May 2020 No £1335 Enquire
Monday 1 June 2020 Yes £1335 Book
Monday 22 June 2020 Yes £1335 Book
Monday 13 July 2020 Yes £1335 Book

Course information

Next available date

Monday 21 October 2019


10 days






External exam.

Teaching methods

Practical operation of equipment (using both real and simulation systems) allows students to put knowledge and skills gained on the course into immediate practice. Mock exam papers and scenario-based practical sessions provide excellent exam preparation.



Fluency in English; knowledge of the phonetic alphabet; computer keyboard literate.

Completion of study notes in the course joining instructions.

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