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Transmit and Receive information by the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Skill Set

Accredited Short Course

Get a qualification that could potentially save lives - the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) is a worldwide network used by search and rescue authorities ashore, as well as ships in the immediate vicinity of ships in distress.

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NEXT INTAKE On campus: Great Barrier Reef International Marine College Start date: 06 Mar 2023 Duration: Full time 2 weeks
STUDY LOCATIONS Far North Queensland
Full Fee

Course overview

This course covers the requirements of the STCW Reg IV/2. Individuals holding the Certificate are rapidly alerted to distress incidents, so they can assist in a co-ordinated search and rescue operation with the minimum of delay.

Participants in the GMDSS (GOC) will receive training in the use of digital selective calling techniques for communication using MF, HF and VHF radiotelephone, HF radio telex and satellite communication using INMARSAT-C ship earth stations.

Course outcome:

Statement of Attainment

What you will study

The successful achievement of this unit of study requires you to complete the core unit listed below.


  • MARO011
    Transmit and receive information by the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
    Unit description :
    This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to transmit and receive information by Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) subsystems and equipment.
  • Transmit and receive information by the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
Ways to study
Great Barrier Reef International Marine College
06 Mar 2023
Full time 2 weeks
5 days per week, Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Full fee: $3,015

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Transmit and Receive information by the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Skill Set (SSMAR0011)

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Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Important Information

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

While there are no formal entry requirements, TAFE Queensland will require you to possess the following:

  • Marine Operators VHF & HK Skill Set (LROCP) or equivalent experience;
  • keyboard skills to a minimum of 10 words per minute at 98% accuracy; and
  • be able to express yourself satisfactorily in the English language, both oral and written.
Resources required

You will need to supply the following items at your own cost:

  • Certification fee to AMSA of $112 and one current passport photo (fees are subject to change); and
  • A notebook and pen are required for theory components.

Appropriate clothing and protective footwear must be worn at all times.

Need to know

For further certification information, visit AMSA at 


University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

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Course Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.