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Global Maritime Distress & Safety System (GMDSS) (GMDSS)

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10 Days


USCG NMC, Bahamas Maritime Authority

Training Method

Lecture and Practical Demonstration


MITAGS uses GMDSS simulation.


MITAGS uses a GMDSS Simulator. PMI uses 3 live A3 consoles: SEA & Furuno equipment.



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Course Description

This course (MITPMI-210) is required when you are assigned to operate Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) equipment onboard Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) mandatory vessels. Following course completion, you can submit your application to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to receive your GMDSS radio operator's license.

Our GMDSS course provides you with a comprehensive overview of radio and satellite communications as well as the proper and legal operation of marine radio communication equipment. It also leaves you with a complete understanding of GMDSS theory and equipment, as well as the necessary knowledge and skills to become a competitive candidate to national and regional employers.

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Requirements for GMDSS Classes

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


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 radio operator's license:

  • 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 GMDS class also adheres to U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and International Maritime Organization (IMO) standards for Digital Selective Calling (DSC), plus emergency communications and 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 and is only 20 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 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 courses in Washington and Maryland follow a Monday through Saturday schedule for the first week, followed by a Monday through Thursday arrangement for the second week. If the GMDS course takes place during academic and lab weeks, classes will be Monday through Friday for both weeks.

Labs remain open on Saturdays and Sundays, providing you with the opportunity to practice what you are learning in your GMDSS class

What You Will Learn

  • Equipment Overview
  • Principles of Communications
  • Distress-Urgency-Safety Communications
  • Routine Communications
  • S. A. R. and Survival Craft Equipment
  • VHF Equipment and Operations
  • Satellite Equipment and Operations
  • Maritime Safety Information
  • MF-HF Equipment and Operations
  • Equipment Testing and Maintenance
  • Rules and Regulations
  • Publications and Documents
  • Training in proper and effective use of GMDSS equipment

Course Dates

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PMI - Seattle, WA

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MITAGS - Linthicum Heights, MD


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