You must be aged 18 or over.
AMERC General Operators Certificate
04 Dec 2023
12 Feb 2024
This certificate is held by Masters, Deck Officers or other shipboard personnel who perform radio communication duties on ships fitted with GMDSS equipment.
This course provides detailed practical knowledge of the operation of all GMDSS sub-systems and equipment. You will gain the ability to send and receive correctly by radiotelephone and narrow band direct printing (telex).
This is a mixture of theory and practical application as part of the GMDSS examinations.
You must be aged 18 or over.
You are required to provide photographic identification (driving license or passport) and 2 passport size photographs on the first day of the course.
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