GMDSS Restricted Operator Certificate (ROC)

WHO IS THE GMDSS ROC (RESTRICTED OPERATOR CERTIFICATE) FOR?

  • Officers and Masters on vessels over 24m operating in Sea Area A1 (i.e. within about 50 miles of a coast station)
    • Master 200 (code vessel, limited area) candidates
    • Master of hovercrafts COC (less than 500 tonnes, near coastal) candidates
    • OOW (less than 500 tonnes, near coastal) candidates
    • Master (less than 500 tonnes, near coastal) candidates
    • Master (less than 3000 tonnes, domestic voyages only) candidates
    • Some fishing COC candidates
  • Local Pilots
  • Harbour Masters, VTS radio operators
  • Wind farm and workboat operators in Sea Area A1
  • Radio Operators/ Medics on board static rigs in sea Area A1

Those seafarers operating on SOLAS ships beyond Sea Area A1 (i.e. operating more than about 50NM from a coast radio station) will require the GMDSS STCW GOC General Operator Certificate.

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GMDSS RESTRICTED OPERATOR CERTIFICATE  (ROC) AIMS:

The STCW ROC can be used as a radio certificate on any size vessel but only in coastal waters (ie within sea Area A1, about 50 NM of a coast station).

GMDSS RESTRICTED OPERATOR CERTIFICATE  (ROC) COURSE DURATION:

  • 3 Days including exam, typically this course will run over consecutive days Monday-Wednesday

GMDSS RESTRICTED OPERATOR CERTIFICATE  (ROC) PRE REQUISITES:

  • Candidates must be fluent in the English language
  • Minimum age 18
  • Learn the Phonetic Alphabet

GMDSS RESTRICTED OPERATOR CERTIFICATE  (ROC) COURSE CONTENT:

The course will cover all aspects of GMDSS for Sea Area A1and in particular prepare you for the exam on day 3. Content includes

  • Safety of life at sea (SOLAS)
  • General radio regulations
  • Pro words and phrases
  • Distress, Urgency and safety working
  • Log-keeping
  • Battery charging
  • Fuse testing
  • Class A Marine VHF and DSC
  • Voice procedures
  • Navtex
  • EPIRB
  • SART

The exam has three components

  • Written Paper – Radio Procedures and Regulations
  • Voice Exercise – Simulated Distress Communications
  • Practical Exam – Equipment Performance Test 

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE GMDSS RESTRICTED OPERATOR CERTIFICATE  (ROC) COURSE:

  • Use of our Class A VHF Radio
  • Use of our Transas 5000 GMDSS simulators
  • Use of our live Navtex sets
  • 3 days of training (including the exam day)
  • Course Notes
  • Tea and Coffee
  • Free (on street) parking
  • ROC Course Completion Certificate

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE ROC COURSE:

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The ROC certificate can be STCW endorsed by the MCA for those who require a Certificate of Competence to operate radio equipment onboard GMDSS compliant/compulsorily equipped vessels operating in GMDSS Sea areas (A1 – A4). This is done by completing the necessary form on the last day of your course.

GMDSS RESTRICTED OPERATOR CERTIFICATE  (ROC) COURSE RATIOS:

We will run this course with a maximum of eight students per Instructor however courses can run with as few as three students.

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