Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) and Marine General Radiotelephone Operator's Certificate (GMROC)

Course highlights

The GMDSS General Operators Certificate (GOC) is the highest level GMDSS radio operator qualification and is suitable for professional mariners including Merchant Navy deck officers, RNZN officers, offshore radio operators serving on mobile platforms, and commercial yachtmasters.

Holders of the GMDSS GOC are certified to operate all licenced marine radio equipment, including radiotelephony, digital selective calling, radio telex, and satellite mobile earth stations.

The 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).

Key facts

Start Date(s)

Enquire upon application for start dates

*A minimum of 6 and a maximum of 21 students are required to run this course.

Duration Five days^
^If class numbers are high this course may run over six days.
Time 8am - 4pm (2pm finish Friday)
Study location(s) New Zealand Maritime School
Study method
Please contact us for more information
Domestic fees $998 (approx.)
International fees (NZD) NZD$998 (approx.)
Course code 941.509
Offered by School of NZ Maritime

Entry requirements

Refresher GMDSS Radio Operator/MGOC prerequisites:

Students must have done the full GMDSS Course and supply a copy of the certificate with enrolment form.

Course structure

On completion of the GMDSS course you will be issued with the following:

  • GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System) training course completion letter from NZ Maritime School
  • Maritime General Operator’s Certificate (MGOC) as a radio operator issued by Radio Spectrum in PDF format

GMDSS certificate of competency – Apply to MNZ; Fees Apply; Please visit their website for requirements.

For more information email, phone 0800 62 62 52 or enquire below.

Information is correct as at 18 August 2021. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2020 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2020 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2020 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2020 are based on the 2019 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2020. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.