Covid 19

Dear Customer
You will all be aware that Covid 19 is a 1918 Spanish Flu like epidemic. It can be fatal to all age groups if caught. It is transmitted by coughing or sneezing and is particularly dangerous to those over 60 and those people with underlying health conditions.
We are constantly listening carefully to the latest Government advice regarding this viral outbreak. This states that it is particularly important, that anyone showing symptoms of fever or a constant dry cough, no matter how mild, should self-isolate (including family – if any) for 7 days and refrain from social or official contact. This includes not attending any courses booked with us or any other external activity involving proximity to other people. Additionally, and in any case, close social contact, which many of our course require, is advised against.
Our duty at Western Maritime Training Ltd is to ensure that you (or your employees) and our staff attend training events that are as safe as possible within the latest official guideline’s enforcements to date.
Accordingly, and in order that we all remain as safe as possible, we are mothballing our services until Government advice changes. Covid 19 is such a generic threat to the population that running face to face training is not an acceptable risk. Colleges and Universities are taking similar action.
With immediate effect our payment portals are now closed, and no further bookings will be taken. Customers already booked to courses will be offered alternative dates as soon as the situation becomes clearer. We will still be able to offer career and qualifications advice over the telephone. Please be aware that this may be limited access to this facility at times. You will be able to leave telephone messages if we are unable to talk to you immediately.
We regret having to take this action, we have operated under the same ownership and management for 24 years continuously, providing first class and value-for-money training and education. However, the safety of you and us and all our loved ones is paramount.
We look forward to being of service to you again soon.

GMDSS GOC - General Operator's Certificate

The General Operator's Certificate is the highest level of radio operator’s licence available to the professional mariner. It meets all STCW conditions and is a requirement for unlimited MCA Certificates of Competence.

The GOC permits the holder to operate the radio installation on board any vessel operating in any Sea Area, with additional responsibility for equipment testing and undertaking any emergency communications. 

Pre- Course Requirements

Candidates must be over 18, have a good command the English Language and know the phonetic alphabet.

GOC Course Content

The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) masterplan, components and how they work together.

SOLAS procedures for transmission and reception of Distress, Urgency and Safety Communication across all platforms.

Practical operation of:

  • MF/HF/VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
  • MF/HF Transceiver
  • VHF Radio
  • Fleet F77 Voice
  • Inmarsat C Telex
  • Navtex Receiver
  • Inmarsat C EGC
  • Portable survival equipment - EPIRB, SART, AIS-SART, Handheld VHF.
  • Distress communications and logkeeping.
  • General radio regulations, systems and good practice.
  • Battery maintenance.

GOC Course Delivery

Classroom teaching for the GOC is mixed with multiple practical sessions to consolidate the skills and procedures taught to achieve the required standard.

Live equipment is used for practical sessions on MF/HF/VHF, DSC and NAVTEX operation, each student also has their own Transas GMDSS simulation station for mastering Inmarsat equipment.

Mock exam papers are provided for private study in preparation for the written exam.

Assessment and Certification

The GOC is assessed by an external AMERC examiner, there are 3 components to the exam.

  1. Radio Communication and Logkeeping (Practical and Written)
  2. Solas Procedures and Radio Regulations (Written)
  3. Operational Performance (Practical)

The examiner will advise candidates of their result on completion of all 3 modules, the exam papers are then sent to AMERC for verification and the GOC certificates are issued accordingly.

Client Testimonials

Really good balance of taught sessions and guided/supported study.Very clear explanations and analogies. James - GMDSS GOC Candidate, January 2019



To book, select the course you want below and click 'Book Now' on the event page. 

GMDSS GOC Radio training course in progress

Course Cost

Course Fee £1,125.00

Exam Fee £180

Total (Inc. VAT) £ 1,305.00

Course Duration

8 Days.

Week 1 - Monday to Friday.

Week 2 - Monday to Wednesday

Exams taken in the afternoon on day 8


Western Maritime Training is a member of AMERC - The Association of Marine and Electronic Radio Colleges, the governing body for GMDSS GOC and ROC Radio Courses.

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