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Old 21 July 2012, 09:20   #1
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Anyone interested in upgrading to a GOC?

Hi.

I have an LRC & ROC so need to upgrade to a GOC in order make my new shiny Master 200 into an unlimited (area) ticket. (I already have a YM Ocean Power)

I don't want to do the whole GOC as it is 8 days long and costs quite a lot of money. I have spoken to the college in Cowes and they have said they would run the LRC to GOC upgrade course (4 days I think) if there were a enough people to make it viable....hence this post?

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Old 21 July 2012, 14:11   #2
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Yes I would - in a similar situation to you but not in the UK at the moment and not sure when I would be available - when were you thinking of doing it?

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I might be up for that, my GOC has expired and a 4 day refresher would be just the ticket !! Would like to try and coinside with my Master 200 trg ( 3 - 7 sept at UKSA ) if at all possible ???
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Jolly good, I will give the UKSA a call on Monday, I'm not sure how many people are needed but hopefully three or four should do it. Even though the upgrade is approved by AMERC it seems like almost no colleges actually run it. Can't recommend UKSA enough for the M200 prep course but make sure you are well revised before as the five days are pretty fast moving.
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Jolly good, I will give the UKSA a call on Monday, I'm not sure how many people are needed but hopefully three or four should do it. Even though the upgrade is approved by AMERC it seems like almost no colleges actually run it. Can't recommend UKSA enough for the M200 prep course but make sure you are well revised before as the five days are pretty fast moving.
Are you sure about that - I have a long discussion with AMERC over my certificate issue and they insisted that I had to do the full course from scratch for the MCA to accept it.

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Old 22 July 2012, 03:47   #6
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Hi SDG

This is the extract from the AMERC manual, if you have an LRC it can be upgraded through an approved short course. The trouble is the shortened courses are few and far between.

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3.7 EXEMPTIONS
Exemptions do not normally exist for any part of the examination however, candidates who hold an LRC certificate and have attended an approved shortened course to upgrade to a GOC will be exempt the R/T exercise. Holders of GMDSS GOCís from centres not on the MCA approved list, UK GMDSS GOCs obtained prior to January 1994, MRGCs and PMGs may also attend a shortened course but must undergo the full examination.
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Me too

I,m needing that ticket. I,m away on todos day for at least thirty days. But if the dates are convenient. Count me in
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That's interesting. I had the old style ROC, which I was told was valid for life. A couple of years ago I wanted to add on the satcom and DSC to it so did a 2 (?) day course and took the test, was issued with the LRC and a piece of paper telling me I needed it endorsed for gmdss if appropriate.

Well I tried to get it endorsed and and found out that the LRC is the replacement for the old ROC as I was lead to believe I was being examined for. AMERC were totally unhelpful and said that they had issued the right certificate and if I wanted an ROC or GOC I had to do the full course and exams again and that my original ROC is now no longer valid.

Having read the syllabus on their website it is clear to me that I was examined for the ROC but as it was probably 6 or 7 years ago I have no come back on anyone

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PM please

Hi Everyone, seems like there is lots of interest so before I ring the UKSA in the morning I just need to be clear.

So, just to clarify - we are talking about UPGRADING from an LRC (long range certificate) to a GOC (general operator's certificate)

Can I please ask everyone who has already has an LRC and who is keen to UPGRADE to a GOC to PM me with an email address.

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I have sent you a pm.

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