International Certificate of Competency (ICC)

International Certificate of Competency Course

Our International Certificate of Competency Course allows yachtsmen to charter yachts in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and beyond with full recreational Skipper qualifications.

IYT Worldwide has approval from the M.C.A. (Maritime and Coastguard Agency of Great Britain) to issue ICCs to United Kingdom passport holders and various other countries on their approved list.

We are proud to announce that we now have an online e-learning course available for students to study and execute theory examinations before proceeding to an authorised IYT Training Provider to undertake the written and practical examinations. To access these courses, complete your student registration, receive your IYT Student number and log in. International Certificate of Competency online prep courses are available from our new elearning courses. We suggest you thoroughly read the information on this entire page which offers detailed information on the ICC.

What is an ICC (and CEVNI) & where is it required?

As you may be aware, it is now mandatory to hold a recognised International Certificate of Competency (ICC) if you wish to charter a boat in certain European countries. It is generally required for the inland and coastal waters of Mediterranean countries. In Northern Europe and Scandinavia the ICC is generally not required, but it is strongly advised you check with any European, Scandinavian, or Eastern European country that you wish to charter in before you leave.

The ICC is a product of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Resolution 40. The ICC provides documentary assurance from one Government to another that the holder meets the levels of competence laid down in Resolution 40.

The following countries have adopted Resolution 40 and officially accept the ICC as proof of boating competence within their territory:

Austria
Belarus
Belgium
Bulgaria
Croatia
Czech Republic

Finland
Germany
Hungary
Ireland
Lithuania
Luxembourg

Netherlands
Norway
Romania
Slovakia
Switzerland
United Kingdom

The following countries have not adopted resolution 40 but do accept ICC's for use within their territory:

France

Italy

Poland

The following countries have not accepted Resolution 40 but may require some other proof of boating competence before chartering there, (check before you leave):

Greece
Moldova
Portugal

Spain
Russian Federation
Serbia

Sweden
Ukraine
United States

ICC Endorsements & Vessel Sizes

The Endorsements may be:

  • (Power -24m) for any power driven vessel up to 24 meters.
  • (Power -10m) for any power driven vessel up to 10 meters.
  • (Sail – 24m & Power 10m ) Sail vessel up to 24 meters (must include Power 10m for operating tender to and from shore)
  • (PWC) for personal water craft.
  • (Coastal Waters) for coastal passages only.
  • (Coastal and Inland) for use in the inland waterways of Europe as well as coastal. A CEVNI exam must be successfully completed. See below for more details..

What Vessel sizes are covered?

For those candidates taking a direct assessment in a power vessel, the length of the boat will determine the level of endorsement. This will be either up to 10 meters in length or up to 24 meters in length.

How to Obtain an ICC & Skills and Knowledge Required

Most IYT Partner Schools are approved to offer the ICC certification to their students. However, you should verify this with the school where you choose to train or on our website. The schools who are approved to offer this certification are determined by IYT.

What skills & knowledge are required to obtain an ICC?

To receive an ICC, candidates are required to prove competency in handling a boat with sufficient knowledge of navigation procedures, pilotage, safety procedures and the International Regulations for the prevention of collisions at sea. The examination can be taken on either a powerboat or sailboat depending on the endorsement required and usually takes about 4-6 hours.

Note:
A sailing vessel with an engine requires both power and sail endorsements.

Some IYT Worldwide certificates allow an applicant to obtain an ICC without the need for an additional ICC assessment. See list below.

There are 2 ways to obtain an ICC.  By holding an acceptable IYT Worldwide qualification as mentioned above, OR, by attending a course at an approved IYT partner school who is approved to issue ICCs to their students.

If you hold an acceptable qualifying IYT Worldwide certificate please follow these instructions to obtain an ICC:

  • If you have not registered on our site and have a user I.D.# please do so.
    • Do this by going to "login" on the top menu bar, then register and follow the prompts.
    • Make sure to upload a current photo government issued I.D. such as a passport or driver license.  We must have this to process your certificate.
    • Make sure to upload a good quality head shot photograph as this photo will be used on your certificate.
    • Make sure to enter the shipping address with phone number as this will be used when we mail or courier  the certificate.
  • An order/invoice will be created in our system and emailed to you for payment.
  • Once payment is made the order will be reviewed, processed and shipped.

If you attended a course with an IYT partner school approved to issue ICCs please follow these instructions to obtain an ICC:

  • If you have not registered on our site and have a user I.D.# please do so.
    • Do this by going to "login" on the top menu bar, then register and follow the prompts.
    • Make sure to upload a current photo government issued I.D. such as a passport or driver license.  We must have this to process your certificate.
    • Make sure to upload a good quality headshot photograph as this photo will be used on your certificate.
  • After successful completion of the course the school will order your certificate for you. By doing so the school is attesting to your competence.
  • If you wish to add the inland waters endorsement (such as French canals) to your certificate you will complete the CEVNI examination and the school will choose the certificate type "coastal and inland waters".

If you wish to have the ICC endorsed for navigating inland waters you must take the CEVNI Exam.

  • An IYT partner school who is approved to issue ICCs to their students must administer the examination.
  • ICCs with inland waters endorsement must be ordered by the school, not the student.
  • Inland waters endorsements will not be granted to holders of acceptable IYT Worldwide certificatesunless ordered by the school confirming they have completed the CEVNI examination

Which IYT Worldwide certificates of competency are recognised for obtaining an ICC without the need for an examination?

IYT Course ICC Certification/Endorsement
IYT Small Powerboat & RIB Master Power -10
IYT International Flotilla Skipper Sail* Sail -24m, -80gt & Power -10m
IYT International Flotilla Skipper Power* Power -24, -80gt
IYT International Bareboat Skipper Sail Sail -24m, -80gt & Power -10m
IYT International Bareboat Skipper Power Power -24m, -80gt
IYT Yachtmaster Coastal Sail Sail -24m, -80gt & Power -10m
IYT Yachtmaster Coastal Power Power -24m, -80gt
IYT Yachtmaster Offshore Sail Sail -24m, 80gt & Power -10m
IYT Yachtmaster Ocean Dependent on seatime experience
IYT Master of Yachts Coastal/ Mate 200 Tons Sail Sail -24m, -80gt & Power -10m
IYT Master of Yachts Coastal/ Mate 200 Tons Power Power -24m, -80gt
IYT Master of Yachts Limited Sail Sail -24m, -80gt & Power -10m
IYT Master of Yachts Limited Power Power -24m, -80gt
IYT Master of Yachts Unlimited Dependent on seatime experience

* An ICC can be awarded based on a Flotilla Skipper Certificate however it is recommended to use an ICC with a Bareboat Skipper Certificate

Please note that training and examinations for the qualifications listed above must have been undertaken at an ICC approved facility.

ICC course syllabus (including CEVNI)

ICC for Coastal Waters

  1. Preparation for sea - Checklist and mechanical checks
  2. Short Passage - each candidate executes a short pre-planned passage as skipper where testing of the following is required:
    1. Coming alongside / berthing / un-berthing
    2. Man overboard recovery
    3. 360 degree turn
    4. 3 point turn
    5. Navigation skills
    6. Handling under sail (for sail endorsement)
    7. Handling under power (for power endorsement)
  3. Theory examinations cover the following subjects:
    1. Collision regulations
    2. Navigation lights
    3. Shapes and sounds
    4. Buoyage (IALA A & B)
    5. Harbour pilotage
    6. VHF Radio
    7. Variation & deviation
    8. Chartwork /symbols & abbreviations
    9. Tides- height of tide and drying height
    10. Basic position fixing
    11. Weather
    12. Course to steer to counteract tide or current
    13. Set & drift / leeway
    14. Pilotage- required for coastal knowledge

CEVNI Examination for Inland Waters Endorsement

  1. Sound signals
  2. Lights and symbols on vessels
  3. Markings on vessels underway
  4. Lights and markings for other situations and designated areas
  5. Passing, crossing, overtaking and entering harbour
  6. Buoys, berthing and reduced visibility
  7. Channel markings
  8. General rules and regulations

Who May Obtain an ICC, Period of Validity & Cancellation

Who may obtain and ICC?

IYT Worldwide has been approved the MCA. (Maritime and Coastguard Agency of Great Britain) for many years to issue ICC's to United Kingdom passport holders and various other countries on their approved list.

The school must be approved by IYT Worldwide to instruct the ICC course.

The applicant must:

  • be 16 years of age or older
  • be physically and mentally fit to operate a pleasure craft, and in particular, must have sufficient powers of vision and hearing
  • have successfully passed a written and practical examination or prove the necessary competence for pleasure craft operation by holding an acceptable IYT Worldwide certificate

Is there a period of validity for an ICC?

The ICC is valid for a period of 5 years. See instructions for revalidation on the revalidation page of our website.

Cancellation or withdrawal of an ICC

IYT Worldwide may suspend or withdraw an ICC where the holder has by some action demonstrated that he or she has not complied with the conduct demanded of a holder of an ICC. The matter will be presented before the IYT Worldwide Training Board for adjudication.

Next Steps

As you advance and become more proficient as Crew or Skipper you take on bigger challenges that require proper training to ensure the safety of your family and friends. The bigger the boat or length of adventure the more training you require.

Most of us prefer to spend our time on the water and not in a classroom. To facilitate this IYT has a series of Elearning courses available for the theoretical part of sail and powerboat training.

  1. If possible take a prep course online for your next level of training
  2. Plan your training at one of our many schools worldwide
  3. Book in advance with your school as class sizes and availability is limited
  4. Review the IYT course progression details to learn about professional level courses
  5. Spend time on the water and properly log your times.

The Boating Lifestyle is one of the most rewarding pursuits available. There is something physically and emotionally invigorating when you are offshore. To enjoy it fully you need the proper training & skills to be safe, prepared and command a vessel.