Global Maritime Distress and Safety System Courses Criteria, 2nd Edition

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This publication provides the criteria for the development of courses to deliver training for the certification of GMDSS radio operators.

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These criteria have been developed to deliver education and training covering radio- communications at the operational level to meet the regulatory requirements of Table A-IV/2 of the Annex to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, as amended, hereafter referred to as STCW. They also cover the current mandatory requirements of the European Radio Communications Committee Decision on the harmonised examination syllabi for the General Operator’s Certificate (GOC) and the Restricted Operators Certificate (ROC), plus the requirements of the EU Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT).

CONTENTS

Introduction

General Operator's Certificate (GOC) Course

Criteria Restricted Operator’s Certificate (ROC)

Course Criteria STCW Code: Table A-IV/2

Instructor/Assessor Qualification and Experience Requirements

(i) Course Completion Certificate in GMDSS Radiocommunications (GOC)

(ii) Course Completion Certificate in GMDSS Radiocommunications (ROC)

What this document is about

This document provides the criteria for the development of courses to deliver training for the certification of GMDSS radio operators.

 

Training courses developed in line with these criteria, delivered at centres approved by the Association of Marine Electronic and Radio Colleges Ltd (AMERC) on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), will cover:

  • General Operator Certificate of Competence (section 2)

  • Restricted Operator Certificate of Competence (section 3).

 

The MCA has agreed with AMERC and the MNTB that the specifications described in this document will satisfy the requirements for approved training and that the provisions identified in the AMERC Administration Handbook are followed. The Handbook provides full detail of the examination system, course approval process and audit arrangements, and also covers the AMERC requirements regarding course timetabling, lessons plans, course notes, in-course assessment, and equipment and support materials. The requirements for course approval are provided in the AMERC Handbook, which subsumes the MCA conditions for course approval. The AMERC Administration Handbook should therefore be read in conjunction with this document, and is available via the association’s website at www.amerc.ac.uk to member companies, and for non-members by application to the AMERC National Administration Centre.

 

The national occupational standards relating to this training are:

B01 Contribute to maintaining a navigational watch

B02 Maintain a navigational watch

B03 Plan a navigational voyage

 

There is also a suite of Maritime Studies Qualifications which contain units relevant to this training; the specific units are:

Communicate using equipment and visual means

Control vessel communications

 

Why these criteria have been developed

These criteria have been developed to deliver education and training covering radiocommunications at the operational level to meet the regulatory requirements of Table A-IV/2 of the Annex to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, as amended, hereafter referred to as STCW. They also cover the current mandatory requirements of the European Radio Communications Committee Decision on the harmonised examination syllabi for the General Operator’s Certificate (GOC) and the Restricted Operators Certificate (ROC), plus the requirements of the EU Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT).

 

Who the training is aimed at

This training is required by seafarers seeking certification under:

a. STCW Regulation IV/2 GMDSS radio operators.

 

Aims of the training

The overall aim is to provide seafarers with the necessary knowledge, understanding and competency to transmit and receive information using GMDSS subsystems and equipment, and fulfilling the functional requirements of GMDSS, and to provide radio services in emergencies.

The MNTB is a voluntary body and a part of the UK Chamber of Shipping, the trade association for the UK shipping industry. We work closely with shipping and ship management companies, nautical educational establishments and organisations, seafarer trade unions, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and industry organisations with an interest in seafarer education and training.

 

The MNTB provides the link to government departments and bodies involved with the shipping industry as well as those involved with the UK skills agenda and education and training developments. This includes the Department for Transport (DfT), the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS), and UK education regulatory authorities and bodies. The MNTB works closely with the Maritime Skills Alliance to achieve joint aims with partner organisations in the maritime sector.

 

We carry out a wide range of careers promotion activities through our ‘Careers at Sea’ brand. This is currently under expansion to encompass the full range of careers activity at sea and within the shipping industry ashore and the wider maritime sector.

Title: Global Maritime Distress and Safety System Courses Criteria, 2nd Edition
Edition: Second
Number of Pages: 26
Product Code: WS1643K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-788-8 (9781856097888), ISBN 10: 1-85609-788-9 (1856097889)
Published Date: August 2018
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 298 mm
Book Width: 210 mm
Book Spine: 3 mm
Weight: 0.20 kg

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