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GMDSS - General Operator's Certificate (GOC) GMDS 1800

GMDSS Course

Course details

This course will teach students maritime mobile and satellite services; basic equipment of a ship station; practical use of the basic equipment of a ship station; procedures and practical operation of the GMDSS system, distress, urgency and safety communications procedures and operational skills; and procedures for general communications, and the theory and practice of general communications procedures.


  • Candidates must be 18 years of age or older. Familiarity with basic computer keyboarding skills.





Course offerings

Spring/Summer 2023

Below is one offering of GMDS 1800 for the Spring/Summer 2023 term.

CRN 68809


Tue Jul 04 - Mon Jul 17 (2 weeks)

  • 2 weeks
  • CRN 68809
  • $1075.52
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jul 04 - Jul 07 Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 08:30 - 16:00 Marine BMC Rm. 240
Jul 10 - Jul 17 Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:00 Marine BMC Rm. 240


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. IMPORTANT NOTE: CLASS WILL BE HELD ON CAMPUS IN ROOM 240. Please refer to prerequisite section of course webpage for any/all prerequisites. Student manual will be provided in class. Two (2) recent citizenship style photographs measuring 1' × 1.25' (25 mm × 30 mm) are required for the issuance of the Industry Canada General Operators Certificate (GOC), Please note these are NOT passport size photos.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the basic features of the Maritime Mobile and Mobile Satellite Service.
  • State the operational regulatory requirements related to the GMDSS equipment.
  • Demonstrate the basic GMDSS equipment and sub-system equipment of a ship station.
  • Demonstrate how to use operational procedures for general communications.

Effective as of Fall 2009

Related Programs

GMDSS - General Operator's Certificate (GOC) (GMDS 1800) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Transportation

  1. Nautical Sciences
    Diploma Full-time


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