International Certificate of Competence (ICC)
What is an International Certificate of Competency (ICC)?
The ICC is a certified level of competency required when operating a pleasure craft in most European Coastal or Inland waterways.
IYT Worldwide has been approved by the Irish Government to issue ICC s to any qualified applicants of any nationality on their behalf. Click on this link to see the approval letter from The Department of Transport Ireland.
Schools allowed to offer ICC certification to their students will be determined by IYT Worldwide.
How do I obtain an ICC?
Certificates are issued by IYT Worldwide on receipt of an application form. You are eligible to obtain an ICC if you hold an acceptable IYT Worldwide Certificate of Competency (listed below) from a school approved by IYT Worldwide to instruct the ICC course OR if you are attending an IYT Worldwide partner school approved to instruct this course.
The following items are required when making an application to IYT Worldwide for an ICC:
- Completed ICC Application Form for Existing IYT Certifications Jpeg format headshot photograph
- Scanned copy of passport or national identification
- Scanned copy of highest level current IYT Worldwide certificate or qualification
- ICC Examination Marks form completed by the IYT Worldwide partner school that conducted the examination. This includes CEVNI test results if completed for inland waterways endorsement (such as French canals)
- Sound signals
- Lights and symbols on vessels
- Markings on vessel underway
- Lights and markings for other situations and designated areas
- Passing , crossing, overtaking and entering harbour
- Buoys, berthing and reduced visibility
- Channel markings
- General rules and regulations
Is there a period of Validity for an ICC?
The ICC is valid for a period of 5 years. See this link for information on how to revalidate or renew an ICC certificate. ICC Revalidation
Cancellation or Withdrawal of an ICC
IYT Worldwide may suspend or withdraw an ICC where the holder has by some action demonstrated that he or she has not complied with the conduct demanded of a holder of an ICC. The matter will be presented before the IYT Worldwide Training Board for adjudication.
Any nationality may obtain an ICC.
The school must be approved by IYT Worldwide to instruct the ICC course.
For the issue of an international certificate the applicant must:
- be minimum age of 16.
- be physically and mentally fit to operate a pleasure craft, and in particular, must have sufficient powers of vision and hearing.
- have successfully passed an examination or prove the necessary competence for pleasure craft operation by holding an acceptable IYT Worldwide certificate.
What endorsements are required for different types of vessel?
ICC s are required for pleasure craft up to 24 meters.
The endorsement may be:
Power- for any power driven vessel
Sail - Sailboats with engines will need to have both power and sail endorsements
Coastal - for offshore passages
Inland - for use in the inland waterways of Europe, will need a CEVNI (Inland) endorsement, see below++
Personal Water Craft (PWC)
What Vessel Sizes are covered?
For those candidates taking a direct assessment in a power vessel, the length of the boat will determine the level of endorsement. This will be either: less than 10 meters, or: 10 to 24 meters.
++CEVNI - is Code Europeen Des Voies De Navigation Interieure (Revision 2)
You will need to pass an exam to get an INLAND endorsement on the IYT International Certificate of Competence to operate a boat on European waterways. You SHOULD read up on the regulations contained in European Code for Inland Waterways yourself and take the CEVNI examination and/or attend a course.
What is tested in a CEVNI examination?
Cevni stands for the: Code Europeen des Voies de la Navigation Interieure
The examination comprises 16 questions with pictures about signs and signals and questions about general rules, with multiple-choice answers. The pass mark is 12 correct.
The exam covers:
WHERE WILL I NEED AN ICC?
This list is a guide only, all persons planning to operate a vessel in Europe should make sure that the correct documents are carried). With regard to ICC requirements, generally, an ICC is required when navigating the inland waterways of Europe.
An ICC is usually required in the Mediterranean.
The following states do require ICCs:
Italy, Greece, Croatia, Portugal and Turkey. ICCs, in theory, are not required in Spain on British flagged vessels but the individual Spanish Port authorities have the right to determine who carries what certificates in their waters.
In Northern Europe and Scandinavia, the ICC is generally not required.
Holland requires an ICC for vessels that are either longer than 15 meters and/or capable of more than 11 knots.
Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia require ICCs.
It may also be useful to have one in Germany.
When Chartering In Spain, you will need an ICC.
When Chartering in France and Germany you may need a certificate of competence, the charter company will confirm what is needed. Usually an ICC or IYT Yachtmaster is accepted.
Almost all inland waterways require an ICC with CEVNI inland endorsement.