International Certificate of Competence (ICC) can be assessed by arrangement in one day. An ICC is required in many countries, particularly in the EU, to skipper or charter a vessel. If you have completed a RYA Day Skipper or RYA Coastal Skipper practical course you are entitled to an International Certificate of Competence without any further assessment. There is a charge for non-RYA members, free to RYA members.
An International Certificate of Competence is valid for 5 years from the date of issue.
More general information on cruising abroad is available from the RYA here:
Please contact us to arrange an assessment.
Our rates are £250 per person for a one day assessment including use of training vessel. See ‘Rates’ tab below for full details.
If you feel you are competent to pass this assessment we can arrange a day assessment by one of our Yachtmaster Instructors onboard one of our training vessels.
Our rates are £250 per person. Please contact us about group discounts.
Rates include all food and snacks onboard, use of wet weather gear and boots as required. We will confirm your successful completion of the test by signing the relevant section of the ICC application form - there is no separate certificate. You then send your signed application form together with the other items required for your application (like evidence of residency and ID) to the RYA Certification Department. This is free of charge to RYA members or £43 to non-members. There are additional charges for fast track applications.
The International Certificate of Competence originates from the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Although the ICC allows the holder to voyage internationally this is only where the country to be visited has chosen to accept it and subject to any prescriptions made by the visited country. As the ICC's validity is determined by the visited country it is not a truly international qualification. However, the ICC is the only international evidence of competence that exists for pleasure boaters in Europe. The ICC may either be recognised as an acceptable certificate in the visited country's national legislation or be accepted on a purely informal basis.
Many European countries require the skipper of a pleasure craft to be able to provide evidence of his or her competence. In practice documentary evidence may seldom be inspected, but it is generally useful and in some countries essential to carry an ICC.
If a boat owner requires evidence of competence when visiting another European country the ICC will frequently suffice. It can also be useful for people wishing to charter. The requirement for evidence of competence varies from country to country. Sometimes it is required for coastal waters, sometimes for inland waters, sometimes for neither and sometimes for both.
In very general terms an ICC is required for the inland waterways of Europe and for inland and coastal waters of Mediterranean countries. For the coastal waters of Northern Europe the ICC is generally not required, however to all of these generalisations there are exceptions. Please feel free to contact us to ask about a particular country you intend to visit on your own boat or where you want to charter a boat and we will do our best to find out up to date information for you.
Anyone who has passed an RYA training course which proves their ability to skipper a vessel, such as the Day Skipper Practical Course or the Power Boat Level 2 Course, has proved their competence and therefore on presentation of their certificate the ICC can be issued. See the table below - if you hold any of the UK certifciates listed on the left you can apply for an ICC for the categories listed on the right.
For boaters who have not successfully completed an acceptable RYA practical course, but already have the required level of competence, the alternative is to take the ICC assessment to prove their competence. This is the syllabus that you will be assessed against:
Can you do an ICC assessment on my boat?
Yes we can, for you, your friends and family. Your boat will need to carry certain equipment in the list below. We can help you source or loan you items you do not have.
We will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.