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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. 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 receiving 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 details

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Great Barrier Reef International Marine College, Cairns

Key dates and info


Full time: 2 weeks / 5 days per week

Course details


  • Full Fee $2,650

Cost details

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Key dates

Great Barrier Reef International Marine College, Cairns 21 May 2018 Full time / 5 days per week Classroom
30 Jul 2018 Full time / 5 days per week Classroom
2 Oct 2018 Full time / 5 days per week Classroom
19 Nov 2018 Full time / 5 days per week Classroom

Entry requirements

Candidates must 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;
  • Be able to express yourself satisfactorily in the English language, both oral and written


Great Barrier Reef International Marine College, Cairns
55-61 Tingira Street
Cairns QLD 4870

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.
  • A notebook and pen are required for theory components.

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


Full time over two weeks, 8.30am to 4.30pm


Important Information

For further certification information, visit AMSA at


MARO003 Transmit and receive information by the global maritime distress and safety system Core


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Please note that the course fee does not include AMSA fee



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The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.


You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability. Further information about concessions.

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There are no additional costs to study this course.


MARO003 Transmit and receive information by the global maritime distress and safety system

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  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked you meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • Read the student rules and refund policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to TAFE Queensland
  • If you are applying for a subsidised cost, please ensure you have all the relevant documents at time of enrolment

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Enrolment options

By telephone: 1300 656 959. In person: at any TAFE Queensland North location.


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Note: 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 enrolments.

Last updated on 6 March 2018

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