Allows the holder to voyage internationally
International Certificate of Competence (ICC)
Changes to the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) were made in the winter of 2014 allowing the certificate to be more widely available. Through the RYA, Aigua Sea School is now able to train and assess British nationals and nationals of some UNECE countries and USA and Canadian nationals.
Importantly to us, based in Palma de Mallorca, Spanish nationals and residents can now apply for the ICC, though please be aware that some charter companies will not accept a Spanish citizen with an ICC for chartering one of their boats! We advise you to check before proceeding to application.
You can gain an ICC (International Certificate for Operator of Pleasure Craft) by completing an ICC assessment or any of the following courses with us: Powerboat Handling level 2, RYA Advanced Powerboat, RYA Personal Watercraft (jetski), RYA Day Skipper practical (sail), RYA Day Skipper practical (motor), RYA Yachtmaster, CEVNI inland waterways test
So to the official bit: this new amendment to Resolution 40, which regulates the issue of ICC including to whom it can be issued, syllabus requirements and layout of the certificate, means that, through the RYA, Aigua will now be able to train and assess nationals of some countries inside the UNECE, in addition to countries outside the UNECE.
“The ICC is the only international evidence of competence that exists for pleasure boaters in Europe” thus making it a widely respected and much coveted certificate. – RYA”
So, what does the ICC mean?
An ICC allows the holder to voyage internationally in waters where the country being visited has chosen to accept it, plus being subject to any prescriptions made by the visited country. We often refer to the ICC as a ‘driving licence’ but you have to be careful if sailing in remote areas to check the requirements of the waters in which you are sailing.
As stated by the RYA, ‘Pleasure boaters must remember to comply with the regulations of both the country of registration (the Flag State) and the requirements of the visited country (the Coastal State)’.
The RYA recently launched a new edition of the RYA ICC Handbook (G81) which is available at Aigua Sea School. The book explains the ICC in great detail: what it is, why it came about, who it applies to and the requirements to obtain one. It also explains the content of the ICC test and introduces the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collision at Sea (IRPCS).
Aigua Sea School invites all queries about the ICC and will advise, assist, train and assess candidates who are now eligible.
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The course was really good with lots to learn, Gavin was a nice instructor who had actually worked on a Fairline before so had good knowledge that he passed on to us about the yacht in general. We weren’t familiar with the yacht before and feel like we all learnt a lot about it and…
Just wanted to say thanks for arranging today with Trevor. Trevor was excellent. He managed to give us loads of advice even if the ICC was quite a simple task. Really worth while for us both. Thank you