The International Certificate of Competence (ICC)

RYA qualifications are generally accepted worldwide, but there is a special provision for citizens and residents of some countries to convert their RYA certificates into an ICC – International Certificate of Competence.

The ICC is a useful additional certificate to have if you intend to cruise or drive a powerboat outside the UK. Our RYA courses can help you achieve this, with the Powerboat Level 2 and the RYA Day Skipper certificate (or above) providing evidence of your competence to qualify you for the ICC.

Experienced skippers can also qualify for the ICC by taking a direct assessment, rather than a full course. This takes half a day and can be arranged with us.

The rules surrounding the issue of the ICC are detailed in UNECE ITC Resolution 40, which sets down who the ICC can be issued to and the syllabus requirements The UK Government has accepted Resolution 40 and has authorised the RYA to issue the ICC on its behalf. As an RYA recognised training centre we are able to test eligible candidates. If you pass an RYA course with us you do not need to take a separate test for the ICC.

An ICC is valid for 5 years from the date of issue and allows the holder to voyage internationally in any country that has chosen to accept it. The ICC is also recognised informally in many countries that have not formally accepted Resolution 40 – Spain, Greece and Portugal, for example,.

The RYA is permitted to issue the ICC to British nationals and residents. Evidence of UK 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 also permitted to issue the ICC to the nationals of non-UNECE countries and nationals of the USA and Canada. Special arrangements are in place for applications from Australia and New Zealand.

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.