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Specialist Courses in Marine Radio Communication

GMDSS General Operator Certificate (GOC) 

The GOC certificate is the highest GMDSS operators qualification suitable for the professional mariner including Merchant Navy Deck Officers, offshore Radio Operators serving on mobile platforms and Commercial Yachtmasters.

This M.C.A. 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 Structure

8 consecutive days, including examination. 

2 candidates maximum , each student has their own equipment to work with.

Theory is underpinned with practical work on a wide range of GMDSS equipment.

The examination has 3 elements:

- Radio Procedures     (25 minutes written paper)
- Voice exercise         (Simulated Distress)
- Practical operation of GMDSS systems.

We work hard to ensure you have the knowledge and practical ability you require.

Your instructors breadth of experience in training and radio communication is unrivalled,

We have spent many years as MCA GMDSS examiners. 

To view your instuctors career click here.


Course Requirements

Two passport photographs and either your passport or discharge book.

Fluency in English: Although there is no nationality requirement all candidates must be fluent in both English and the phonetic alphabet. You should be over 18 years of age.

Recommended reading: ‘GMDSS A User’s Handbook’ By Denise Brehaut. Published by Adlard Coles Nautical ISBN 978-1408114933

STCW requirements: seafarers who hold UK certificates who have to comply with requirements of the STCW Code must have their GMDSS Certificates endorsed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). 

The following links may also prove useful – Application for initial STCW endorsement and Training and certification and guidance.

Course Fee  

1289     for 8 days. (class size has been reduced to 2 candidates, regretably prices have increased).

                Plus the MCA exam fee, currently 180

WESTCOURT MANOR B&B prices start at about 39 a night 
NORTHCOURT MANOR is also next door and offer afordable comfortable accommodation.

Accommodation is available a short walk away at NORTHCOURT MANOR  or at WESTCOURT MANOR.   Prices start at about 39 night, bed and excellent full English Breakfast at Westcourt, you should  choose and book your own accommodation early.

Good food is also available all day at the Crown Inn, in the beautiful village of Shorwell (AONB), and it is  just a few steps away.   

course duration 8 consecutive days 

Course Dates:  





We are only as good as our last course. 

FEEDBACK FROM JUNE: The course exceeded my expectations by far.The stucture coupled to Kims educational approach, enthusiasm and deep knowledge made a serious difference.
The individual support was of extreme value. The scenic surroundings in Shorwell as well as the tailored classroom environment contributed to the achieved results. I would  recommend anybody with the need for a GOC to make use of Kim and R.T.Training.     Capt. Ulf Strom, Stockholm.

FEEDBACK FROM SEPT:  You'll not find anyone else teaching this course with as much experience and enthusiasm for the subject as Kim. He genuinely cared that we all succeeded and  small classes of 4 ensures there is time to make this happen. It was a thoroughly enjoyable week, and I never thought I would say that of a GMDSS course! Find a date that suits and get it booked; you won't be disappointed.  Matthew Taylor.

FEEDBACK FROM NOV.  Excellent training environment, small class size, comprehensive equipment, a personable,  knoweledgeable, and experienced trainer all combined to provide a first class course. David Irwin.

Book onto a course

To book onto a course, please contact us on 07968 229335 or We ask you to pay a 100 deposit (non refundable) by cheque or money transfer. The balance to be paid on the second day of the course if you are  pleased with the tuition and equipment, and you wish to complete the course.

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Address: Kim Holt, RT Training, 4 Northcourt Close, Shorwell, Isle of Wight,
PO30 3LD Phone: +44 (0)7968 229335 
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