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International Certificate of Competence Sail and Power – Coastal and Inland

First of all are you able to navigate?

If you can undertake the basics of chart work, and can sail then we can assess your overall ability in a few hours and approve your competence.
We sign off the paperwork and the RYA will issue you with the ICC.

If you are not confident with navigation, we will do a short informal pre assessment and advise you of what you will need to achieve before undertaking the full assessment. Our instructor will also offer refresher and ‘upgrade’ navigation to ensure you are up to standard.

If you have not taken any courses in navigation or used charts to plot courses etc, then you will need to take the RYA ‘Day Skipper’ shore based course at least.
We would be pleased to arrange a shore based course for you should you require. Gregg Norris at Preston Training,one of our good friends can take you through the Day Skipper courses along with Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore courses if you so choose.

In addition to navigation skills you should have adequate boat craft as described in the ICC assessment which can be downloaded from the RYA website ICC Application Form.
Candidates can also buy the RYA ICC Handbook to guide them through the requirements although the essence is covered by the syllabus, and the book is probably more appropriate to new sailors.What is an ICC?

The International Certificate of Competence (ICC) is a test of competence and provides the student with an internationally recognised qualification accepted in many but not all countries. The ICC is required for charterers and boat owners in Europe, where recognised certificates are increasingly required to confirm the skipper reaches an internationally agreed level of competence. Sometimes a higher certification such as Day Skipper or Yachtmaster will be requested especially for larger boats

How can I obtain an ICC?

You can be issued an ICC directly if you already hold one of the following RYA certificates:

RYA Day Skipper
RYA Coastal Skipper
RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal
RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore
RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean
Alternatively you can undertake an assessment by attending a private assessment.

The ICC assessment takes one day. The fee for this £290 and includes the use of one of our yachts or powerboats and services of our RYA assessor for the day. This fee is for a private assessment on a one to one basis. One other person can attend at an additional cost of £100.

Click here to download a copy of the ICC Assessment Booking Form »

Minimum Age

The ICC cannot be issued to anyone under the age of 16. Therefore please only apply for the ICC if you are age 16 or over.

RYA Fee

The RYA charge £43 to issue an ICC (free to RYA members). This may vary from time to time. Please check the current price.

Nationality

The RYA issues ICCs in the UK in accordance UNECE eligibility criteria. Applicants should be aged over 16 and be one of the folllowing;British National or Resident
National of a non-UNECE County, National of United States or Canada, National of Australia or New Zealand

A flow chart to help you ascertain if you are eligible for the ICC and have adequate evidence of competence is printed inside the ICC application form.

Evidence of residency is required for non-nationals this is usually a photocopy of a driving licence, utility bill, Council Tax bill, bank statement or similar. Further authenticated evidence of residency may be requested.

The RYA is not permitted to issue the ICC to the nationals of other UNECE countries unless they are British residents. This means that the RYA cannot issue the ICC to the nationals of: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

Nationals of these countries should speak to their national maritime authority as you will only be able to obtain an ICC through their acceptance of Resolution 40.

Dual Nationality

Individuals with dual nationality may apply for the ICC if either nationality makes them eligible to do so. It should however be noted that the nationality recorded on the ICC will be the one which made the individual eligible only.

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

Resolution 40 requires that the issuing country has evidence that an ICC applicant is competent, either through them having a national certificate or by them demonstrating their competence in practice.

If you have already passed an RYA practical course, your course completion certificate or certificate of competence may help you to obtain an ICC. Competence certificates accepeted by the RYA include the Day Skipper practical course completion certificates (or those above them in the RYA training schemes) which 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 detailed on the ICC application form.

Your ICC Application

Once you have established how to prove your competence to ensure you receive an ICC validated for the categories you require, you need to complete an ICC application form.

This should be sent, together with a passport sized photograph, proof of eligibility, photocopies of any certificates you are presenting as evidence of competence and payment (see the application form for the current charge) to the Certification Department. Issue of the ICC is free of charge for RYA members. The ICC is valid for 5 years.

About the CEVNI Test

The on-line test is taken through through the RYA’s eLearning website, RYA Interactive. When you book your test on-line you will be asked to complete a booking form. Once we have received your completed form we can log you onto the on-line test through the RYA Interactive website and send you the access information

You will have the opportunity to take a practice test before being given two attempts to pass the CEVNI Test. When you have successfully passed the CEVNI Test you will be able to download your certificate.

Please note that RYA Interactive registration is not an automated process.