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RIC-26 Issue 5 Updated November 2008

Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Radiocommunication Information Circular

Syllabus for the General Operator Certificate (GOC)

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The information contained in these circulars is subject to change without notice.Preface Radiocommunication Information Circulars are issued for the guidance of those engaged in radiocommunications in Canada.gc. these circulars have no status in law. Ontario K1A 0C8 Attention: DOS E-mail: spectrum_pubs@ic. As well. It is therefore suggested that interested persons consult the nearest district office of Industry Canada for additional details. Comments and suggestions may be directed to the following address: Industry Canada Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulatory Branch 300 Slater Street Ottawa.ca/spectrum.ca All Spectrum Management and Telecommunications publications are available on the following website: http://ic. no warranty is expressed or implied.gc. While every reasonable effort has been made to ensure accuracy. i .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Pass Mark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 5. . . . . 5 Annex B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7. . . . . . . 1 Background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Related Documents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Contents 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Refresher Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Training and Examination . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Accredited Institutions for GOC Training and Assessment . . . .1 Full Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Eligibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8. 6 ii . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Annex A . . . . 2 General Operator Certificate (GOC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Accreditation . .GMDSS Syllabus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 6. . 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Methods for Demonstrating Proficiency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 6. . . . . . . . Intent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .General Operator Certificate (GOC) . . . . . .

2. which in close cooperation with the ITU.General Operator Certificate (GMDSS-GOC). frequency allocation. marine industry companies and organizations. To this end. based on both national and international acts. or marine equipment suppliers. and radio regulations on a worldwide basis. For additional information on this or other certificates. the ITU World Administrative Conference for the Mobile Services adopted the necessary provisions in the international Radio Regulations to introduce the GMDSS. the IMO has mandated the minimum requirements that radio operators must meet with respect to GMDSS certification. regulations and conventions. carry persons who hold the appropriate radio operator certification. an organization established to maintain and extend international cooperation for the improvement and rational use of telecommunications of all kinds. the ITU fosters collaboration among its members to establish basic standards for communication procedures and practices. recommends practices for the establishment of maritime communications systems to serve the international marine community.ca/epic/site/smt-gst. which are required to be fitted with a ship radio station in accordance with the Ship Station (Radio) Regulations (SSRR). The Marine Safety Branch. Related Documents Industry Canada documents are available on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website at http://www. As part of its work. through its Marine Personnel Regulations (Canada Shipping Act (CSA) 2001)) requires that ships. Professional Radio Operator Certificates (RIC-16). please refer to Radiocommunication Information Circular 16. Industry Canada administers radiocommunications in Canada. Intent The material presented in this publication covers the scope of the training and assessment requirements for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System .ic. Background Canada is a member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).gc. The training and assessment for the GOC may be provided by trainers/examiners at accredited marine training institutes.html.nsf/en/h_sf01841e. 3. A list of organizations accredited to train and examine candidates for the GOC is provided in Annex A. RIC-16 RIC-22 Canadian Coast Guard Canadian Coast Guard Professional Radio Operator Certificates General Radio Operating Procedures Radio Aids to Marine Navigation Notices to Mariners 1 . In 1987.Syllabus for the General Operator Certificate (GOC) RIC-26 1. Marine operations in Canada are generally regulated by the Marine Safety Branch of Transport Canada. Canada is also a member of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

gc.ccg-gcc. There are two exceptions to these requirements: • radio operators on “small fishing vessels”: A small fishing vessel is defined in Transport Canada’s Small Fishing Vessel Inspection Regulations as a vessel that is not a sailing ship.Maritime Commercial. Note: Even if a vessel’s radio station is exempted from licensing. Radio Aids to Marine Navigation (RAMN). Certificate requirements and background on GMDSS can be found in RIC-16.Syllabus for the General Operator Certificate (GOC) RIC-26 Canadian Coast Guard publications are available on the Internet at the following address: http://www. • radio operators on vessels using the Athabasca-Mackenzie inland waterways: Even though HF radios may be carried by vessels on this waterway. and compulsorily-fitted ships with Medium Frequency (MF) or Medium Frequency/High Frequency (MF/HF) radiotelephones. but does not exceed 150 tons. or both. sections 33 and 34. (Radiocommunication Regulations. (gross tonnage) and does not exceed 24.Maritime Commercial. This exception permits such vessels. must carry persons who hold either a General Operator Certificate (GOC) or a Radiocommunication Operator General Certificate Maritime (RGMC). is used in commercial fishing. Current information on the progress and implementation of GMDSS shore-based facilities is available in the latest edition of the Canadian Coast Guard publication. 1992. commencing on February 1. when fitted with MF or HF transmitting equipment. operators on these vessels are only required to hold a Restricted Operator’s Certificate . the operator is still required to hold the appropriate radio operator’s certificate for the equipment carried. Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) The GMDSS was implemented over a seven-year period. The only marine frequencies used in certain areas of this waterway are in the VHF band.ca. International Telecommunication Union Radio Regulations 4. This worldwide system enhances the assistance that can be provided to ships in distress and urgency situations. Consequently.Maritime Commercial.(2)) 2 . to carry radio operators holding only a Restricted Operator’s Certificate .4 metres in length. compulsorily-fitted ships with Very High-Frequency (VHF) radiotelephones must carry persons who hold a Restricted Operator’s Certificate . in accordance with the SSRR. Generally speaking. the HF frequency used is outside of the marine bands. exceeds 15 tons (gross tonnage). and the annual edition of Notices to Mariners. or ship earth stations.

1 Training and Examination Full Course Training consists of approximately 50% theory and 50% practical instruction. 6. A citizenship style photograph is required for the issuance.1 Eligibility A candidate must be 18 years of age or older in order to hold this class of radio operator certificate.3 Pass Mark For the successful completion of a GOC. As indicated in the syllabus (Annex B).Syllabus for the General Operator Certificate (GOC) RIC-26 5. four hours is added for review of the material covered and for both theory and practical examinations (one hour for the written component and three hours to allow for practical evaluation). the Ship Station Radio Regulations (SSRR) and the Ship Station Technical Regulations (SSTR). An additional four hours is required to review the material covered and for both theory and practical examinations (one hour for the written component and 30 minutes per student to allow for practical evaluation). The GOC is issued for five years. These last two documents have been established in accordance with the CSA. 6. The GOC is compliant with the International Convention on Standards of Training. the refresher course consists of 20 hours of training. 3 . 5. the course consists of 65 hours (10 days) of training. 6. As indicated in the syllabus (Annex B). A3 and A4 Sea Areas. as amended in 1995 (STCW 95 Regulation IV/2). to a lesser extent. To accommodate testing. reissuance or replacement of a GOC certificate. using an approved GMDSS simulator or installed equipment. Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers. A2. 6.2 Refresher Course Refresher training consists of approximately 50% theory and 50% practical instruction. stolen or destroyed. There are no nationality requirements for issuance of the GOC. after which time it can be reissued every five years upon proof of continued competency in accordance with RIC-16. 1978. the pass mark for the examination is 70%. serving on vessels operating in the GMDSS A1. General Operator Certificate (GOC) The GOC as described herein is intended for mariners. using an approved GMDSS simulator or installed equipment. Industry Canada may issue a replacement certificate if the original is lost. Other publications that may be of assistance to candidates in obtaining the GOC are the Radio Aids to Marine Navigation (RAMN) and.

Syllabus for the General Operator Certificate (GOC) RIC-26 7. 4 . Methods for Demonstrating Proficiency The candidate will demonstrate proficiency through practical operational procedures. • a GMDSS communication simulator. using the following: • approved equipment. Information regarding successful candidates will be forwarded to Industry Canada. and • radiocommunication laboratory equipment. expertise and equipment available to ensure an appropriate level of training for candidates for the GOC. Accreditation Industry Canada will continue to accredit maritime organizations to provide training and assessment for the GOC. which will then issue the GOC. 8. Accreditation means that the program of instruction has been reviewed by Industry Canada to confirm that there are sufficient facilities. where appropriate.

5 . QC G6W 7X5 Telephone: 418-835-1621 Fax: 418-835-0192 Contact: Larbi A. (Bob) Kitching Telephone: 250-245-4455 Fax: 250-245-632-8881 Toll Free: 1-866-632-6888 Website: www. NB E5B 2E9 Telephone: 506-529-5000 Fax: 506-529-5216 Contact: Loren Fleet E-mail: loren. BC V9G 1K1 Contact: Captain R.ca Atlantic Region: New Brunswick Community College 99 Augustus Street St. Andrews.gc.O.com Marine Institute Memorial University of Newfoundland P.C. rue de l’Etchemin Saint-Romuald.qc.ca Quebec Region: Institut maritime du Québec Service de la formation continue 2965.Meadus@mi. Yahia E-mail: alarbi@imq.fleet@gnb. NS B9A 2A2 Telephone: 902-625-4228 Fax: 902-625-0193 Contact: Raj Joshi E-mail: rajesh.Accredited Institutions for GOC Training and Assessment Pacific Region: Pacific Marine Training Campus British Columbia Institute of Technology 265 West Esplanade North Vancouver.Syllabus for the General Operator Certificate (GOC) RIC-26 Annex A .ca CCG Marine Communications & Traffic Services Training Canadian Coast Guard College P. PE C1N 1A9 Telephone: 902-888-6462 Fax: 902-888-6404 Contact: Steve MacFarlane E-mail: smacfarlane@hollandc.E. Box 4500 Sydney.O. Strait Area Campus . NS B1P 6L1 Telephone: 902-564-3660 Contact: Michael Ouellette E-mail: ouellettem@dfo-mpo.maritimeed.ca This course is only offered in English.pe.joshi@nscc. BC V7M 1A5 Telephone: 604-453-4100 Fax: 604-985-2862 Maritime Education Associates and Western Maritime Institute (NEW) 3519 Hallberg Road Ladysmith.Nautical Institute 226 Reeves Street Port Hawkesbury.ca Holland College Marine Training Centre 100 Water Street Summerside.mun. Box 4920 St. NL A1C 5R3 Telephone: 709-778-0345 Fax: 709-778-0664 Contact: Fred Meadus E-mail: Fred. John’s.ca Nova Scotia Community College.

3 1.75 (C) Practical Knowledge.25 1. MF 2182 kHz watch receiver and silence periods. port operations. Inmarsat classes.General Operator Certificate (GOC) . A3 & A4.5 1.5 Competence (A) Knowledge of the Basic Features of the Maritime Mobile Service 1. ship movement.25 3. controls and operation.Syllabus for the General Operator Certificate (GOC) RIC-26 Annex B . MMSI concept in relation to DSC and EGC. Basic knowledge of publications (RAMN/SST/SSR. Ship Station Equipment: VHF/MF/HF DSC watch receiver/modem.25 1. Call telecommand and traffic information: distress alerts. safety. Understanding and Proficiency The General Principles and Basic Features of the Maritime Mobile Service: Radiotelephone procedures. VHF/MF/HF R/T transceiver/transmitters & receivers: channels. ship’s business and routine traffic. intership and on board communications. 1.) and documentation requirements.2 1. A2. 1.5 1. etc.1 1. GMDSS coverage areas. coast stations. safety and for establishing routine communication to a coast and ship station. etc. System Concept: GMDSS concept using VHF/MF/HF DSC and Inmarsat EGC as a means of distress alerting. Regulations: Definition of Sea Areas for A1.GMDSS Syllabus Full Course Time (hours) 8. Types of communications: Distress.2 2. Distress Watch Keeping on VHF DSC channel 70. Basic knowledge of frequency.1 1.2 1. A2.3 2. classes and types of DSC. urgency and safety communications. distress. Operational Characteristics and Ability to use the GMDSS Sub-system Equipment of a Ship Station 12. distress. DSC call categories.3 1. Rescue Coordination Centres (RCCs). Cancellation of false alerts. VHF channel 16 and MF 2182 kHz. public correspondence. urgency. usage and routine testing.1 1. etc.2 Knowledge.9 6.5 1. Types of stations: Ship stations. Equipment carriage requirement for Sea Areas A1.6 (B) Concept of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Regulations 1. A3 & A4. working channel information and acknowledgement of calls. 1. reserve sources of power and station maintenance.4 1.7 1.75 6. controls. EGC.8 1. 2. pilot stations.4 1. Record keeping (logs. Operational techniques.5 6 . other calls.6 1. port stations and vessel traffic control stations. Refresher Course Time (hours) 2.). urgency.3 1. antenna adjustments. Electrical and radio frequency safety related to radio equipment.1 2. bands and channelization for VHF/MF/HF/Inmarsat while covering basic propagation limitations.

Emergency Position Radio Beacons (EPIRBs). Safety and Routine Communication Procedures in the GMDSS 1.3 1. Transmission and reception of routine R/T communications. 3.5 3 Total Time 70 20 7 . 1. 2. Distress relay. NAVTEX: Maritime Safety Information (MSI) for basic NAVTEX system concept and NAVAREAs.75 2. Full Course Time (hours) 7 Refresher Course Time (hours) 2 8.2 2.3 2. MF/HF lifeboat radio. VHF/MF/HF DSC urgency. sending. Using DSC to establish initial call. safety calls and subsequent R/T traffic.2 2. Search and Rescue Radar Transponders (SARTs).1 2.5 (D) Distress. Characteristics and Routine Testing: Portable (immersion proof) VHF radios.4 2. On-scene communication and SAR operations.5 3 10. cancellation of distress message. Distress.Syllabus for the General Operator Certificate (GOC) RIC-26 Competence 2.2 Knowledge. Urgency and Safety Communications: VHF/MF/HF DSC Distress alert.3 10.1 1. receiving and acknowledgement. set up procedures and message format.1 2.4 3. R/T Distress subsequent traffic. Understanding and Proficiency Survival Craft Radio Equipment: Basic Operational Specifications. NAVTEX receiver operational characteristics.1 3. 2.2 1. Urgency and Safety communications. Operational Procedures for General Communications: VHF/MF/HF calling and replying frequencies.

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