The International Certificate of Competency (ICC)

You'll need an International Certificate of Competency (ICC) to skipper a pleasure yacht or yacht tender in Europe. Your Superyacht Crew Academy course will qualify you for this optional certificate.

ICC - The Eurpoean Pleasure Boat Licence

The International Certificate of Competence is an ID card issued by a European country that has agreed to a UNECE resolution on qualifications required for pleasure boat operators and who can issue certifications of competence.

The official title is "The International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft" but it is generally referred to as the ICC. The ID card provides government officials and charter boat companies with verification that a skipper is qualified to operate a vessel in the coastal or inland waters of European countries.

ICC Required or Recommended

As of 2013, 21 out of 58 UNECE countries have agreed to the 1998 resolution or it's predecessor resolution 14 and three others informally accept it. The requirement for evidence of competence varies from country to country but, in general, you will require an ICC for inland waterways of Europe, and inland and coastal waters of Mediterranean countries. More countries will, no doubt, officially agree to, and require, the ICC card in the future. Government officials and boat charter companies in non-participating countries already ask many visiting yachts or charter captains for their ICC card.

The ICC is the only international evidence of competence for pleasure boaters in Europe and the IYT is working to get the ICC more widely accepted. So it's a good idea to get one.

The certificate expires in 5 years but can be renewed.

International Yacht Training is authorised to issue the ICC

The United Nations Resolution 40 lists International Yacht Training as the training organization responsible for issuing The International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft for the Republic of Ireland. This means that if you are certified by IYT for a particular Pleasure Craft qualification, IYT can provide you with an ICC identification card from Ireland. You can be a citizen of any country.


The ICC lists your qualifications and may have more than one endorsement.

Endorsements include:

  • (Power up to 24m) for any power driven vessel up to 24 meters.
  • (Power up to 10m) for any power driven vessel up to 10 meters.
  • Sail vessel up to 24 meters.
  • (PWC) for personal water craft.
  • (Coastal Waters) for coastal passages only.
  • (Coastal and Inland) for use in the inland waterways of Europe as well as coastal (you will need to pass a CEVNI exam on navigating European waterways).

Applying for an ICC.

If you already have an IYT certification

If you are already a holder of a International Yacht Training certificate, you can take a short ICC theory exam and practical on-water assessment to obtain the ICC.

IYT Course ICC Certification/Endorsement
IYT Small Powerboat & RIB Master Power -10
IYT International Bareboat Skipper Sail Sail -24m, -80gt & Power -10m
IYT International Bareboat Skipper Power Power -24m, -80gt
IYT Master of Yachts Coastal/ Mate 200 Tons Sail Sail -24m, -80gt & Power -10m
IYT Master of Yachts Coastal/ Mate 200 Tons Power Power -24m, -80gt
IYT Master of Yachts Limited Sail  Sail -24m, -80gt & Power -10m
IYT Master of Yachts Limited Power Power -24m, -80gt
IYT Master of Yachts Unlimited  Dependent on seatime experience

Applicants must supply:

  • An ID photograph (a head and shoulder full facial image as on a passport)
  • A scanned copy of passport or national identification
  • A scanned copy of highest level current IYT Worldwide certificate or qualification

The examination and registration fee is AUD$225

If you need the Inland Waters Endorsement

The Inland Waters Endorsement is not a normal part of your IYT training, so you will need to pass a written exam on navigating in the inland waters - canals and rivers - of Europe (the CEVNI).

You can take the examination at the Superyacht Crew Academy.

Download the relevant rules and regulations here. This is the full official document. There is a lot of information here you will not need to know for the examination.

Download the Annexes with the images here. This file includes Annexes 3 to 8 (pages 103 to 191) with the images and diagrams of the lights, signals, signs and markers used in the inland waterways in Europe. This is the material you will be tested on.

If you are taking an IYT course from Superyacht Crew Academy

Just let us know you require an ICC when you arrive for your course. On completion of the course we will send your application to IYT headquarters.

Endorsements on the ICC will reflect the course you have completed.

If you want the inland waterways endorsement will also need to take an extra 4 hour theory course and examination.

Applicants must supply:

  • An ID photograph (a head and shoulder full facial image as on a passport)
  • A scanned copy of passport or national identification

There is a registration fee of AUD$150 for the ICC.

The Inland Waterways Endorsement course and examination is AUD$125

If you are an experienced Skipper without IYT certification

if you are an already skilled yachtsman and require the International Bareboat Skipper & International Certificate of Competency (ICC) certificates for bareboat chartering overseas, you can undergo a private day of theory exams and a practical on-water assessment with the Superyacht Crew Academy.

The 3 hour onwater practical assessment, theory exams, international logbook and certificates costs - AUD$ 960.

Training Location

The course is run from our Marina Office in Newport NSW Australia and the Superyacht Crew Academy Training Facility at 8 Kalinya Street, Newport. The facilities are a 45min drive North of Sydney’s CBD. To see a map of how to find us, CLICK HERE

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Former Student Requiring ICC Examination and Registration Cost AUD$245

New Student ICC Registration Cost AUD$150

Inland Waterways CEVNI Endorsement Course and Examination Cost AUD$135

Non IYT Student Private onwater Practical Assessment and theory exam Cost AUD$960

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