The International Certificate of Competence – ICC

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.

Validity of the ICC

An ICC is valid for 5 years from the date of issue.

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.

Evidence of Eligibility

Every ICC applicant is required to produce evidence of their eligibility to apply to the RYA for an ICC. This will usually be:

  • Evidence of your nationality: a copy of the photo page of your passport or a recognised national identity card.
  • Evidence of residency: a photocopy of a driving licence, utility bill, Council Tax bill, bank statement or similar. Further authenticated evidence of residency may be requested.

Evidence of Competence

If you have already passed an RYA practical course, your course completion certificate or certificate of competence may help you to obtain an ICC. The RYA Powerboat Level 2 and RYA Day Skipper practical course completion certificates (or those above them in the RYA training schemes) can provide evidence of your competence for your ICC application.

Experienced skippers can also qualify for the ICC by successfully completing an assessment of their competence through a RYA recognised training centre or an affiliated club authorised to carry out the assessment, rather than having to attend a full RYA training course. The syllabus for the ICC assessment is also detailed on the ICC application form.


CEVNI stands for Code Européen des Voies de Navigation Intérieure. It is the code governing navigation on the interconnected European inland waterways and is the basis of the various countries' own regulations. Signs, rules and procedures for navigating the European inland waterways are all included within the CEVNI code and in the same way as pleasure craft on coastal waters are expected to abide by the COLREGS, pleasure craft on the inland waterways of Europe, which in places are heavily utilised by commercial traffic are expected to know and follow the CEVNI code.

If you require an ICC valid for use on inland waters, you must learn the CEVNI code and sit the CEVNI test. The "RYA European waterways regulations (the CEVNI rules explained)" publication G17 provides the information you need to learn the code in a clear and concise way. The CEVNI test is a short multiple choice paper - a sample paper is available and this can also be found at the back of the book.

*For a small fee, this test can now be taken online. Once enrolled onto the online test you will be able to log into our  site and complete your test when you are ready.

Sailing Ventures will confirm successful completion of the test by signing the relevant section of the ICC application form - there is no separate certificate. In addition to the passing the CEVNI test, you must present a qualifying RYA practical course completion certificate or pass an ICC practical test and be eligible to be issued with an ICC.


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