International Certificate of Competence

What is the ICC?

The International Certificate of Competence (ICC) is an international certificate. It originally was designed for the canals of Europe (primarily Germany and France). The lasest version is UN Resolution 40. The UK government has authorised the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) to issue the ICC on its behalf.

When certified with an ICC you skipper a sail, motor or powerboat according as listed on the licence. 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.

Where is the ICC accepted?

The ICC is formally accepted in those countries that have signed up to Resolution 40 (see list lower down this page) and is also accepted informally in many other countries (including Portugal, Spain, Greece and France). There are four categories of ICC:

  • Sail (up to 24m)
  • Power (up to 10m)
  • Power / Motor (up to 24m)
  • PWC (jet skis)

Which ICC may I apply for?

If you are an experienced boater you can join for a direct assessment, or you can apply with a RYA course completion certificate.

ICC Sail

  • RYA Day Skipper Practical Sail course completion certificate - up to 3nm
  • RYA Day Skipper Theory and Day Skipper Practical Sail course completion certificate - up to 20nm
  • MCA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence - up to 20nm
  • MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence - up to 60nm (150nm with additional qualifications)

ICC Power (motor vessel up to 24m in length)

  • RYA Day Skipper Practical Motor course completion certificate - up to 3nm
  • RYA Day Skipper Theory and Day Skipper Practical Motor course completion certificate - up to 20nm
  • MCA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence - up to 20nm
  • MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence - up to 60nm (150nm with additional qualifications)

ICC Powerboat up to 10m in length

  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 - 3nm
  • MCA Advanced Powerboat Certificate of Competence - up to 20nm

How much does it cost?

The ICC costs £43 but if you are a member of the RYA its FREE.

Join the RYA for a free ICC

The ICC is not the only benefit, you also get 15% discount when buying RYA books on line and lots more besides!.

I have heard that not everyone can apply for an ICC – is this true?

That is correct. If you live in or have a passport from:

  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • Netherlands
  • United States of America

you can apply for an ICC.

Also if you live in or have a passport from the following countries which have not signed resolution 40 you may apply to the RYA for an ICC:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Canada
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Liechtenstein
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russian Federation
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Tajikistan
  • The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
The above list was correct on 1st January 2015 - an up to date list can be obtained from the RYA