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International Certificate of Competency (ICC)


International Certificate of Competency Course



In the past, if you were chartering in Europe, an International Certificate of Competency (ICC) may have been sufficient proof of your ability to safely operate a boat.

However, it has recently been brought to our attention that a number of  European charter companies and insurance companies will not accept an ICC as sufficient proof to command a yacht for a one week bareboat charter (power or sail). These companies are insisting that the charterer should  hold an IYT International Flotilla Skipper or IYT International Bareboat Skipper, power or sail  (or equivalent qualification that is on their “approved” list).

The charter companies and insurance companies do not have a comfort level handing over an expensive yacht to someone who they feel is not sufficiently qualified to command it for a weeks duration.

Some customers have had their charters cancelled because they have only held an ICC.

It is imperative that you check with your charter company in advance of your charter to make sure that you hold the required qualifications. 

The ICC is required for operators of most vessels on both inland and coastal waters in a large part of the European Union.  Candidates who successfully complete the modules required to obtain the International Bareboat Skipper may be automatically awarded the ICC. 

Please note that each school must be approved by IYT Worldwide to offer the ICC to their students.  Only IYT schools that have been audited or inspected and are in good standing with IYT can offer the ICC certification.  We are happy to consider new school applications to offer this certificate.

The ICC is a certificate confirming that an individual is competent to the level required to meet the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Inland Water Committee (UNECE IWC) Resolution 40.

The ICC issued by IYT has been approved by the British  Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and by Transport Canada so that holders of the ICC (Canadian Edition) will not require a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) to operate a pleasure boat in Canada, provided the section on “Canadian Boating Requirements” has been completed.  Holders of a current IYT ICC can “upgrade” to the Canadian Edition by completing a short course and examination. 

ICC Preparation Course Available On Line

We are proud to announce that we now have an 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, register and receive your IYT account ID# and log in. ICC E-learning courses are available under the IYT TRAINING menu once logged in.


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 to check with any 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.

Who May Receive An IYT ICC Based On Resolution 40?

In accordance with UNECE Resolution 40 (Revision 4), citizens and residents of countries (listed below), that are signatories to Resolution 40, will be obliged to obtain an ICC from their own national issuing authority and not from IYT (with the exception of the United Kingdom and Latvia, see below). The only exception for IYT to issue ICCs to citizens of these countries, is if the applicant can provide proof of residency* in a country not on this list. For example: an Austrian National living in Spain or Greece that can provide “proof of residency” in Spain or Greece would be allowed to receive an ICC from IYT.

*Proof of residency (examples) Utility bill (electric or gas), Property tax bill, Telephone bill, Insurance bill, IYT can issue ICCs to any other country’s citizens that are not listed below.

As of May 2016 the following countries have adopted resolution 40.

  • Austria
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia**
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • South Africa
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom***

**The government of Latvia has given written permission for IYT to issue ICCs to their own nationals and residents

*** IYT has been authorised to issue ICC’s to United Kingdom Nationals for the past 16 years which are issued on behalf of the British Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA). Reference: UNECE Resolution 40 document

ICC Endorsements & Vessel Sizes

The Endorsements may be:

  • (Power -24m) for any power driven vessel up to 24 metres.
  • (Power -10m) for any power driven vessel up to 10 metres.
  • (Sail – 24m & Power 10m ) Sail vessel up to 24 metres. (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.


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 metres in length or up to 24 metres 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. Please remember that you must meet the requirements outlined above regarding Resolution 40.

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 four to six 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 two 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: (Note – See Resolution 40 requirements above to determine if you are eligible to receive an IYT ICC or if you must obtain from your own national issuing authority and not from IYT).

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.
  • Make sure to enter the shipping address with phone number as this will be used when we mail or courier the certificate.

Send email to [email protected] with the following:

  • A scan of the certificate you hold entitling you to receive the ICC certificate.
  • A scan of your VHF certificate.
  • List the following:
    • State that you wish to obtain an ICC.
    • State where (which school) you took the course for your qualifying certificate.
    • State your IYT I.D. number (received at end of registration process).
    • Advise courier (fee depends on location) or airmail (free of charge). Note that we cannot trace airmail if lost.
  • An order/invoice will be created in our system and emailed to email address on profile for payment.
  • Once payment is made the order will be reviewed, processed and shipped.

If you attend 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.
  • To do this you must go to an IYT school approved to offer the ICC and undertake the exam.
  • The school must place the order for certification thus verifying successful completion.
  • If a current ICC certificate holder completes the CEVNI exam at a later date in order to have the inland waters endorsement, the school must place this order at the set price.  The same amount of administration and materials cost is involved.  There is no discount. 

Which IYT Worldwide Certificates of Competency are Recognised for Obtaining an ICC Without the Need for An Examination?

IYT Course ICC Certification/Endorsement
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 and you must meet eligibility requirements outlined above regarding Resolution 40.

Who May Obtain An ICC, Period of Validity & Cancellation

Who May Obtain an ICC?

IYT Worldwide has had approval from the M.C.A. (Maritime and Coastguard Agency of Great Britain) for many years to issue ICCs to United Kingdom passport holders and persons of other nationalities provided they are eligible under Resolution 40. See above. 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 five years. See instructions for revalidation

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 E-learning courses available for the theoretical part of sail and powerboat training.

  1. If possible take a prep course online for you 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 may be limited.
  4. Review the IYT course progression details to learn about professional level courses.
  5. Spend time on the water and properly log your seatime.

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

RecreationalStudent Information

Benefits Of An IYT Certification

IYT is the largest provider of crew and skipper certificates for the recreational yachting industry in the world. Learn more about the benefits of an IYT Certificate.

Certificate Renewal

For many IYT certificates, there is the need to re-qualify for your certificate every 3 to 5 years. This ensures that our certifications are meeting international standards.

IYT Yachting Passport

The IYT Passport is recognized in over 40 countries around the world and offers you an opportunity to study and train worldwide.

Course Progression

A beginner at sailing or operating a powerboat should be familiar with the training path that is available from IYT. Many recreational boaters progress to become crew on superyachts.