- RESTRICTED OPERATOR'S CERTIFICATE (ROC)
The base GMDSS qualification for the Professional Mariner
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RESTRICTED RADIO OPERATOR'S COURSE (ROC)
implementation in 1999 of a new Global Maritime Distress &
(GMDSS) has had a profound effect on marine communications.
GMDSS Restricted Operator's Certificate (ROC) has been introduced by
MCA to serve the needs of SOLAS compliant vessels that sail exclusively
GMDSS A1 Sea Areas. On such ships bridge watch-keepers require the
the higher grade General Certificate (GOC).
order to maintain a valid Near Coastal or Unlimited Area MCA
Certificate of Competancy, holders require a GMDSS qualification. The
MCA have confirmed that the GMDSS ROC is acceptable for STCW
re-validations. (See Part 4 MGN 4(M) - Marine Guidance Notes on
Training and Certification)
The GMDSS ROC will be of particular interest for candidates for MCA 200
tons certificates and Pilots, Harbour Masters and marine shore staff
wishing to maintain valid seagoing qualifications.
The ROC is also reccomended for holders of RYA Yachtmaster
certification requiring commercial endorsement.
GMDSS (ROC) follows a course syllabus and standard as laid down by the
IMO and CEPT.
There are no nationality requirements in order to he awarded the ROC.
The qualification is internationally recognised.
The ROC course is 3 days including the examination.
The examination has 3 elements
- Radio Procedures - (written or oral paper)
- Voice exercise - Simulated Distress Communications
- Operational Performance Test - Candidate demonstrates the
use of GMDSS equipment and knowledge of radio regulations.
- TWO Passport photographs.
- Fluency in English : Although there are no nationality
requirements, all candidates must be fluent in both English and the
The MCA grants no exemption to holding a GMDSS
certificate i.e. for holders of Aeronautical or marine VHF or old style
Restricted radio operator certificates.
Please note: No knowledge of Morse Code required
GMDSS - A USER'S HANDBOOK by Denise Brehaut
Published by Adlard Coles Nautical - ISBN Code
This publication covers the ROC syllabus in a very comprehensive manner
and will be an invaluable reference book for the course and afterwards.
RT TRAINING COURSES
3 day MCA GMDSS RESTRICTED (ROC) Course & Examination
ROC Courses 1st Saturday of each month (exc May-August)
Course commences: 0900 Finishes: 1700 Each Day
Examination: P.M. (Third day)
Course Fee (based on min of 3 candidates): £300
MCA examination fee: £140
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).
Please note UK GMDSS Certificates issued before
January 1994 are not acceptable for endorsement.
The Following links may prove useful.
AND CERTIFICATION GUIDANCE - Radio Personnel MGN 214
FOR STCW Endorsement & Revalidation of GMDSS Certificates
Any queries on individual circumstances can be referred
Seafarers Standards, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Bay 213 Spring
Place, 105 Commercial Road, SOUTHAMPTON SO15 1EG
Tel+44 (0)2380 329100 Fax Tel+44 (0)2380 329252
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