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GMDS 1500 - Restricted Operator's Certificate - Maritime Commercial

GMDSS Part-time Studies Course

School of Transportation

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Course Details

The GMDSS was developed by the International Maritime Organization and put in force on February 1, 1992 under the SOLAS Convention amendments. The GMDSS is intended to provide an efficient SAR rescue system and also provide for Urgency, Safety, and Routine communications and dissemination of Maritime Safety Information. The material presented in this course covers the scope of the examination for the Restricted Operator’s Certificate – Maritime Commercial (ROC-MC) for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). The Restricted Operator’s Certificate – Maritime Commercial (ROC-MC) is intended for the mariners, serving on compulsorily-fitted commercial ships within the North American A1 sea areas. It is compliant with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended in 1995 (STCW 95 Regulation IV/2). The certificate is obtained by completing an abbreviated version of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Model Course consistent with the “Near Coastal Voyage” option (STCW 95 R1/3).


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





Winter 2022

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2022 term.

CRN 89639

Tue Mar 22 - Fri Mar 25 4 Days

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Mar 22 - Mar 25 Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 08:30 - 16:00 BMC BMC



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim





Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the basic features of the Maritime Mobile Service.
  • Explain the concept of the GMDSS.
  • Explain the GMDSS regulations relevant to Sea Area A1.
  • Use the basic GMDSS equipment of a ship station in Sea Area A1.
  • Use the GMDSS sub-system equipment of a ship station in Sea Area A1.
  • Use proper procedures for Distress, Safety and Routine Communications.

Effective as of Fall 2003

Related Programs

GMDS 1500 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Transportation

  1. Bridge Watch Rating
    Full-time   Associate Certificate


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