The International Certificate of Competence (ICC)

The ICC is effectively an international certificate. It came about as the result of UN Resolution 40 and is managed in the UK by the RYA (Royal Yachting Association). Once you are certified with an ICC you can cross borders throughout much of Europe and many other parts of the world safe in the knowledge that you are licensed to operate pleasure craft. The ICC is formally accepted in those countries that have signed up to Resolution 40  The map below shows which countries have signed up to UN Resolution 40. The UK is an exception in that we issue the certificate but do not require skippers to have one to operate craft in UK water.

Map of countries signed up to UN Resolution 40 for International Certificate of Competence

The ICC is also accepted informally in many other countries (including Portugal, Spain, Greece and France). There are four categories of ICC:

  • Sail
  • Power (up to 10m)
  • Power
  • PWC (Jet Skis)

Your International Certificate of Competence can be endorsed for any (or all of) the above four categories.

All of our ICC are endorsed for coastal use. Your ICC can also be endorsed for inland use by taking a short multiple choice “CEVNI” paper on inland regulations. This is required by skippers intending to use the inland waterways of Holland, Belgium, France, Germany and other European countries. The upper size limit for the ICC in most countries that accept it is 80 grt (gross registered tonnes). The ICC is not intended as a commercial skippers license.

Inland Waterway of Europe require an ICC with CEVNI endorsement

The latest news on which nations have accepted Resolution 40 and other Inland Waterway Transport Resolutions is provided by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

ICC Assessment

Experienced boaters can join us for a direct assessment for the ICC or combine the assessment with some coaching if they feel they are a little rusty. The ICC can also be signed off alongside many of our RYA Courses, allowing you to, “kill two certificates with one course”.

RYA ICC Power (up to 10m)

The Power (up to 10m) endorsemnet can be awarded if you pass any of the following courses or assessments:

RYA ICC PWC Personal Watercraft / Jet Skis

The PWC endorsement can be awarded if you pass the RYA PWC Proficiency Course.

Cost of an International Certificate of Competence

If you would like an ICC while taking one of the above courses, we make no extra chrage, although you will need to pay the RYA a licence fee. It is, however, cheaper to become an RYA member and then get the ICC for free. You can either apply for RYA membership online or fill in an application form when you are with us.

Who is eligible for an RYA International Certificate of Competence?

Unfortunately, due to international politics, we are unable to issue everyone with an ICC. The certificate is available to a person over the age of 16 who is:

  • A British National or resident
  • A Canadian National or resident
  • A USA National or resident
  • A National or resident of any country which is not UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe)
  • A National or resident of any country which is a member of UNECE but has not signed up to resolution 40

The RYA are unable to issue an International Certificate of Competence to someone who is a national of a county on the list below AND is also resident in that country or another country on the same list.

  • Austria
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czechia
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine

This list (correct at 01/10/2020) is subject to change. All of our other courses and qualifications are open to every nationality and are always taught in the English language.

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