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

GMDSS Part-time Studies Course

School of Transportation

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the Winter 2022 term as informed by BC Provincial Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

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.





Winter 2022

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

CRN 89640

Fri Feb 25 - Thu Mar 10 2 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Feb 25 - Mar 10 Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:00 BMC BMC Rm. 240


Chris Gardiner

Course Outline




  1. IMPORTANT NOTE: CLASS WILL BE HELD ON CAMPUS IN ROOM 240. 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.

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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

GMDS 1800 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Transportation

  1. Nautical Sciences
    Full-time/Cooperative Education   Diploma


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