Global Maritime Distress & Safety System (GMDSS)

  • Length11 Days
  • Pre-requisiteNone

Course Description

Requirements for GMDSS Classes

The MITAGS-PMI GMDSS classes do not include any prerequisites or advised preparatory courses.

FCC licensing

If you do not already hold the FCC GMDSS Operator’s License (DO) — successful completion of the course allows you to apply for the FCC license (required both to operate aboard the vessel and receive the GMDSS STCW endorsement.) However, the FCC requires the following for licensing:

A resident of the United States

Comprehension of written and spoken messages in English

Successful completion of written or telegraphy exams

Supply proof of the above with FCC Form 605.

The instructor can assist you in filing the FCC Form 605 with the FCC and in some cases may be able to file directly on your behalf.

Training Requirements Satisfied by GMDSS Radio Operator’s License Course

Our GMDSS course satisfies the following STCW and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) requirements for obtaining your GMDSS STCW endorsement.

  • 46 CFR 11.305(a)(3)(viii)
  • 46 CFR 11.307(a)(3)(viii)
  • 46 CFR 11.309(a)(4)(xv)
  • 46 CFR 11.311(a)(3)(ix)
  • 46 CFR 11.313(a)(3)(ix)
  • 46 CFR 11.315(a)(3)(vi)
  • 46 CFR 11.319(a)(4)(ix)
  • Table A-IV/2 of the STCW Code, as amended 2010

The MITAGS-PMI GMDSS class also adheres to U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and International Maritime Organization (IMO) standards for Digital Selective Calling (DSC), plus emergency communications and all other operations.


Locations for GMDSS Training Courses in Washington and Maryland

We offer our GMDSS training courses in Washington and Maryland. Our Seattle, WA campus occupies a prime place by the waterfront near to downtown and is only 30 minutes from the Seattle Tacoma (SEA-TAC) International Airport. Our Linthicum Heights, MD campus is also in a convenient location. It is less than five miles from the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). Both facilities feature the latest simulation technology and/or live equipment for comprehensive hands-on training.

How to Prepare for a GMDSS Class

Following your registration, as well as payment for the cost of your GMDSS course, prepare for your GMDSS training course in Maryland or Washington by downloading the test pool, labeled GMDSS-GOC-EL7-Oct-2012 — do not download and print GMDSS-ROC-EL7R-Oct-2012. The exam features 100 questions, with six questions per page.

GMDSS Course Schedule

Our two-week GMDSS training course at MITAGS (Maryland)  follows a Monday through Saturday schedule for the first week and a Monday through Thursday arrangement for the second week. At PMI (Washington) the course will be Monday through Friday for both weeks.

MITAGS labs remain open on Saturdays and Sundays, providing you with the opportunity to practice what you are learning in class. PMI lab week will also offer Instructor led weekend time

What You Will Learn

What You Will Learn

The MITAGS-PMI GMDSS course provides you with the following skills and knowledge:

  • GMDSS System & Equipment Overview
  • Principles of Communication
  • F.C.C. Rules and Regulations
  • D.S.C. Procedures and Equipment
  • Distress-Urgency-Safety-Routine Communication
  • S. A. R. and Survival Craft Equipment
  • VHF Equipment and Operation
  • Satellite Equipment and Operation
  • Maritime Safety Information
  • MF-HF Equipment and Operation
  • Equipment Testing and Maintenance
  • ITU/IMO Rules and Regulations
  • Required Publications and Documents
  • Training in proper and effective use of GMDSS equipment

Learn more about our GMDSS classes and view the dates for our GMDSS training courses in Washington and Maryland.


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