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

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)

Monday 25 November 2024 - Friday 29 November 2024

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 In-class
Domestic fees $1,210 (approx.)
International fees (NZD) NZD$1,210 (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, phone 0800 62 62 52 or enquire below.

Information is correct as at 19 January 2024. The fee quoted is an indicative short course fee. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. Short courses stated as eligible for free study in 2024 are based on the 2023 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2024. International Students holding an appropriate visa may enrol on this course. All short course fees are in New Zealand Dollars and inclusive of GST. Manukau Institute of Technology reserves the right to cancel or postpone a course with insufficient enrolments or for any other reason where cancellation is necessary before the course is planned to start. Manukau Institute of Technology is part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pukenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020.