There are a number of different types of GMDSS qualifications, as follows:
- First Class Radio-Electronic Certificate;
- Second Class Radio-Electronic Certificate; and
- GMDSS General Operator's Certificate
The First and Second Radio-Electronic Certificates are diploma and associate diploma level technical qualifications. They are designed for Ship's Radio-Electronic Officers, who sail on GMDSS ships which use the option of at-sea electronic maintenance.
The GMDSS General Operator's Certificate is a non-technical operator qualification, designed for Navigating Officers.
The GMDSS General Operator's Certificate is normally awarded after a ten day course and examination