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GMDSS Restricted Operators Certificate (ROC)

About this course

This GMDSS qualification is designed for mariners who will be operating within GMDSS Area A1 (VHF range) only (the GOC is required for those who will be operating Outside A1 areas).

The course covers all the requirements for this certification. Candidates also receive a comprehensive set of course notes, which in addition to enabling self study whilst on the course, will be a valuable reference manual when the candidate returns to his/her ship.

The ROC is also the minimum GMDSS qualification that the MCA will accept for certificate of competency revalidation.

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 information




External exam.

Teaching methods

Live demonstrations and practical application sessions together with formal lectures.


Knowledge of the phonetic alphabet. Fluency in English.

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