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International Certificate of Competence

International Certificate of Competence (ICC)

The International Certificate of Competence (ICC) is a certification that allows individuals to operate a recreational vessel in international waters. The ICC is recognised by many countries and is often required by local authorities.

To obtain an ICC, an individual must demonstrate their competence in handling a vessel by completing a practical exam or by presenting evidence of prior experience. The ICC is issued by the individual’s national boating authority, and the requirements for obtaining the certificate vary depending on the country.

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Duration: 2 Days

An ICC for powerboats, RIBs or speedboats up to 10m can be obtained by either attending a RYA Powerboat Level 2 course or via an ICC Direct Assessment.

(For Powerboats, RIBs or speedboats greater than 10m follow this link: International Certificate of Competence)

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ICC Direct Assessment

If you possess the relevant boat handling skills, theoretical knowledge and can demonstrate your competency you can apply to Duck-2-Water powerboat school to take an ICC Direct Assessment. In effect this is the Powerboat Level 2 Direct Assessment. If you pass then the sea school will complete an ICC application form for you to send to the RYA who issue you with your International Certificate of Competence.

The ICC Direct Assessment is up to one day in duration.

The International Certificate of Competence Direct Assessment and Courses are held at Ocean Village MarinaSouthamptonHampshire UK and in the Solent area.

Own Boat Tuition can be conducted in Southampton, Hampshire, HamblePortsmouthLymingtonChichesterCowesPooleIsle of Wight, or anywhere on the South Coast, elsewhere in the UK or in Europe.

The ICC is not a substitute for a local boating license or certification, and it does not exempt the holder from complying with local boating regulations. However, it does provide a level of assurance to local authorities that the holder has demonstrated a minimum level of boating competence.

It is important to note that not all countries recognize the ICC, and some may require additional documentation or certification. Additionally, the ICC does not apply to commercial vessels, and separate certification is required for those who wish to operate commercial vessels.

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The International Certificate of Competence, or ICC for short, is a certificate that shows the holder has the necessary knowledge and skills to safely navigate a pleasure craft in international waters. It’s not a legal requirement to have an ICC, but it’s becoming increasingly recognised as the standard qualification for leisure sailors in Europe.

Getting your International Certificate of Competence (ICC) requires meeting certain qualifications and completing a process established by the country where you’re seeking certification. Here are the general steps you can expect to follow to obtain an ICC:

  1. Determine eligibility: The ICC is typically available to citizens of countries that are signatories to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Inland Transport Committee Resolution 40. In addition, boaters must meet certain age and experience requirements, which vary by country.
  2. Complete a boating safety course: Most countries require boaters to complete a boating safety course that covers topics such as navigation rules, safety equipment, and emergency procedures. Some countries may allow you to complete an online course, while others may require in-person instruction.
  3. Demonstrate competence on the water: Depending on the country, boaters may need to demonstrate their on-water skills by completing a practical assessment or exam. This may involve docking, manoeuvring, and emergency procedures.
  4. Apply for certification: Once you have completed the necessary training and demonstrated your competence on the water, you can apply for an ICC. The application process typically involves submitting an application, supporting documentation, and a fee.
  5. Receive certification: If your application is approved, you will receive your ICC, which will be valid for a set period of time, typically five years.

It’s important to note that the specific requirements for obtaining an ICC may vary by country. Before beginning the certification process, research the requirements for the country where you plan to operate a boat in international waters. Some countries may have additional requirements, such as a medical certificate or proof of insurance, that you will need to meet before obtaining an ICC.

Contrary to popular belief, the ICC is not of EU origin and isn’t the boating equivalent of the EU driving licence for road vehicles, which all EU member states are obliged to accept. The ICC was originally created to allow pleasure navigation along the rivers Rhine and Danube and was adopted by The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Inland Transport Committee Working Party on Inland Water Transport. Its primary aim was to standardize the qualification needed to navigate these two great rivers, which pass through a number of countries, each of which had its own certification requirements.

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