Course

GMDSS COURSES

Course Aims
Candidates are able to operate any suitably licensed marine communication equipment appropriate for GMDSS
Sea Areas A1 – A2 – A3 – A4.

Course Objectives
To provide candidates with the knowledge and practical skills to obtain the following certificates:

• GOC GENERAL OPERATORS CERTIFICATE
• ROC RESTRICTED OPERATORS CERTIFICATE
• GOC/UPD GENERAL OPERATORS CERTIFICATE UPDATE
• ROC/UPD RESTRICTED OPERATORS CERTIFICATE UPDATE

Course Approvals
STCW'95 A-IV/2

EXAMS TAKE PLACE IN PLACE OF BUSINESS
GMDSS certificates issued by UK Administration can be obtained by sea operators of any nationality.
Certificates cannot be issued to candidates under the age of 18 years.

The initial endorsement expires after five years. Holders are required to apply revalidation.
The validity of this new endorsement is extended up to other five years. No exams are required

Our centre carries out this task (see required documentation)

Courses outlines
GMDSS GOC
GMDSS ROC









Courses outlines & examination procedures GMDSS GOC
9 days including the examination

  • 1 Day
    09.00–13.00 Registration. GMDSS introduction. TRANSAS Simulator introduction.
    14.00–18.00 Distress Regulations & Procedures by DSC and RT
  • 2 Day
    09.00–13.00 Urgency/Safety/Routine Regulations & Procedures by DSC and RT
    14.00–18.00 Test e Check EPIRB/SART/VHF HANDHELD. Radio Log Book. Introduction to RT exercise
  • 3 Day
    09.00–13.00 E.M.W and Frequencies propagation. Aerito and Batteries
    14.00–18.00 toRS & ITU LIST familiarization. Built in Test and Faults. RT examination practice
  • 4 Day
    09.00–13.00 Intro to Satellite Systems. Distress Regulations & Procedures by Sat B
    14.00–18.00 Distress Regulations & Procedures by SAT C and SAT Fleet 77. Introduction to NAVTEX
  • 5 Day
    09.00–13.00 Urgency and Safety Regulations & Procedures by SAT FLEET 77 / B / C
    14.00–18.00 Routine Regulations & Procedures by SAT FLEET 77 / B / C. Equipment practice
  • 6 Day
    09.00–13.00 OPT: Scenarios A/B/C exercise. Mock generto knowledge: Test and Revise.
    14.00–18.00 OPT: Scenarios exercise A/B/C. RT examination practice
  • 7 Day
    09.00–13.00 OPT: Scenarios exercise A/B/C
    14.00–18.00 OPT: Scenarios exercise A/B/C. RT examination practice
  • 8 Day
    09.00–13.00 Examination Administration. Mock Examination
    13.00–20.00 Mock Examination. Examination Revision
  • 9 Day
    EXAMINATION DAY

Details
The laboratory is available every day from 17.00 until 19.00 except Saturday and Sunday. Every day will be given to students Solas and Regs mock tests

Lunch time from 13.00 to 14.00.

GOC Examination Procedures & Assessment
UK GMDSS Examinations all have theory and practical elements.
The examination consists of THREE elements:

• GENERAL KNOWLEDGE PAPER. Consists of three written questions plus 15 multiple choice questions.
25 minutes allowed for this element. Pass mark is 45/60

• OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE TEST on the approved range of GMDSS equipment, dummy EPIRB and SART, use of documents.
The maximum time for this examination is 90 minutes. Pass mark is 63/90

• RADIOTELEPHONY COMMUNICATIONS EXAMINATION of simulated operating procedures in respect of SOLAS.
Examination time for six candidates approximately 30 minutes. Pass mark is 36/48

Examination sequence for assessing each element is at the discretion of each REC and may be conducted over a maximum period of two days.

RESIT REQUIREMENTS
At the discretion of the REC, candidates may only be required to RESIT failed sections of the examination providing:
  • re-assessment is conducted at the same REC
  • re-assessment occurs within seven working days of original examination date

RE-ASSESSMENT TIME LIMITATIONS
Candidates may be allowed a maximum of one RESIT on the day of the examination, thereafter 24 hours should elapse between further attempts.
NOTE: the FULL examination fee is paid irrespective of the number of sections to be retaken

ISSUE OF CERTIFICATES
On receipt of examination application forms and result of any assessments from the REC, the NAC records the details on a database, files the forms and issues certificates directly to successful candidates. This procedure will normally be completed within three weeks.



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GMDSS GOC Course Schedule 2017

WAVE CENTER - Chiavari (GE):

9th January to 17th January
23rd January to 31st January
6th February to 14th February
20th February to 28th February
6th March to 14th March
20th March to 28th March
30th March to 7th April
20th April to 28th April
8th May to 16th May
18th May to 26th May
29th May to 6th June
12th June to 20th June
26th June – 4th July
6th July to 14th July
17th July to 25th July

SUMMER BREAK

28th August to 5th September
11th September to 19th September
25th September to 3rd October
9th October to 17th October
19th October to 27th October
30th October to 7th November
9th November to 17th November
20th November to 28th November
4th December to 12th December
14th December to 22nd December

The above dates can be changed. While the GMDSS GOC courses are organized continuously, the GMDSS ROC course is included in the calendar only on request.


Courses outlines & examination procedures GMDSS ROC
4 days including the examination

  • 1 Day
    09.00–13.00 Registration. GMDSS Introduction. Regulations & Procedures: Theory 
    14.00–18.00 Regulations & Procedures by VHF DSC and RT. EPIRB, SART, VHF Handheld
  • 2 Day
  • 09.00–13.00 VHF Radio Propagation. Aerials & Batteries. Built in Tests and Faults
    14.00–18.00 ALRS & ITU Publications. Navtex. RT exercise. Practice with equipment
  • 3 Day
    09.00–13.00 Practice with VHF DSC/RT and Navtex. RT exercise
    14.00–18.00 Examination Administration. Mock Examination. Examination revision
  • 4 Day
    EXAMINATION DAY

Details
The laboratory is available every day from 17.00 until 19.00 except Saturday and Sunday.
Every day will be given to students Solas and Regs mock tests

Lunch time from 13.00 to 14.00

ROC Examination Procedures & Assessment
UK GMDSS Examinations all have theory and practical elements.
The exam consists of THREE elements:

SOLAS may be either written or oral examination, the duration of which is at the discretion of the examiner. There are TWO sections
Section 1: ONE question 10 marks
Section 2: FOURTEEN questions with 1 mark per question
Pass mark is 18/24

• RADIO REGULATION & OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE TEST on marine radio equipment
Examination is typically 45 minutes for each candidate. Pass mark is 45/60

• RADIOTELEPHONY DISTRESS COMMUNICATIONS working of simulated operating procedures in respect of SOLAS.
Examination time for six candidates approximately 30 minutes. Pass mark is 36/48

RESIT REQUIREMENTS
At the discretion of the REC, candidates may only be required to RESIT failed sections of the examination providing:
• re-assessment is conducted at the same REC
• re-assessment occurs within seven working days of original examination date
RE-ASSESSMENT TIME LIMITATIONS
Candidates may be allowed a maximum of one RESIT on the day of the examination, thereafter 24 hours should elapse between further attempts.
NOTE: the FULL examination fee is paid irrespective of the number of sections to be retaken.

ISSUE OF CERTIFICATES
On receipt of examination application forms and result of any assessments from the REC, the NAC records the details on a database, files the forms and issues certificates directly to successful candidates. This procedure will normally be completed within three weeks.

GMDSS ROC course schedule

GMDSS ROC courses will be run only on request.


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