International Certificate of Competence ICC

What is an ICC?

The ICC is a certificate which is intended to provide evidence of competence when requested by officials in foreign countries.

We often refer to the ICC as a ‘driving license’ but you have to be careful in remote areas to check the requirements of the waters in which you are navigating. 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)’.

ICC

Who can and cannot obtain an ICC?

Please note. If you are not eligible for an ICC, don’t worry! RYA Photo ID Course Certificates are accepted as proof of competence in France and other Mediterranean countries.

The International Certificate of Competence issued by the RYA is available to British Citizens or bone fide British Residents over 16 years of age.
Since 2011, the RYA is able to issue the ICC to nationals of the USA, Canada, France, Russian Federation, and any country which has not yet adopted UN Resolution 40. For the latest information please click this page on rya.org.uk.

The RYA cannot issue ICCs to nationals of these UNECE member countries:

Austria, Belarus, Belgium,Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland.
The above Countries have adopted Resolution 40 and issue ICC’s to their own Citizens & Residents

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:

You may wish to purchase the RYA ICC handbook, this is not required for the course, but you may find it useful reading.

Motor Cruising Books

Buy RYA ICC Handbook at the RYA Shop

Buy RYA ICC Handbook at the RYA Shop

 

Categories and endorsements of ICCs

The category of ICC is relevant to the type of boat you plan to use and the type of waters you intend to enter.
Adventure Sports St Tropez can issue an ICC for:
1. Powerboats up to 10 metres LOA
2. Powerboats up to 24 metres LOA
3. Personal Watercraft

How to obtain your ICC?

Pass an ICC test on a vessel or
Undertake the Powerboat Level 2 on a vessel
Complete the ICC application form (we will fill in the form with you and sign it)
Join the RYA or pay the ICC fee
Decide whether you wish to have the ICC issued as a priority (costs extra).
Send the form directly to the RYA
Your ICC will be returned after 2-6 weeks

Download the ICC application form (PDF)