General Operator’s Certificate for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS – GOC) – IMO Model Course 1.25


This course covers the training recommendations in annex 3 to the IMO Assembly resolution A. 703 (17) – Recommendation on Training of Radio Operators related to the General Operator’s Certificate (GOC), and it revised to meet the Radio Regulations (RR).


  • Operating the GMDSS equipment,
  • Having primary responsibility to radio communications during distress-, urgency-, safety and routine incidents.
  • Resolving the problems which will be experienced in GMDSS as a result of the large number of false Distress alerts that sometimes occur,
  • The techniques to avoid the unintentional transmission of false Distress alerts


Operate the GMDSS equipment and to have primary responsibility for radio-communications during distress incidents, crises management of false Distress alerts following unintentional transmission.

Course Details

Duration: 10 Days

Assessment: Yes

Attendance: 100% attendance is required

Entry Requirements: This course framework requires a little knowledge of maritime radio communication practice, but a working knowledge of English as a second language. Elementary computer skills are assumed in the recommended course timetable. Candidates are assumed to have basic computer skills in order to participate in the course.

Accreditation: FTA (UAE)