The International Certificate of Competence (ICC) is a test of competence that provides the student with an internationally recognised qualification. Previous sailing experience is required.
Some countries accept RYA qualifications, while others require you to have an ICC. The ICC is essential and recommended if you want to sail Croatia, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Turkey, for example. However, obtaining your ICC doesn’t mean you don’t have to do any homework before you head off for your sailing destination. You can’t rely on the ICC as internationally accepted evidence of competence, as it hasn’t been accepted by all countries. You still need to research which documents you need to prove your competence in the country you want to sail in.
The ICC assessment is a mix of theoretical and practical elements. Ideally before you join us; you should be familiar with collision regulations, safety on board, basic chart work and pilotage. We recommend that you take the online RYA Essential Navigation course, prior to attending an ICC assessment. This will give you a basic introduction to chart work. This is a fun and interactive 6-8 hours course that you take online.
There are 3 ways to gain your ICC:
Issue of the ICC is free of charge for existing RYA members. You can also join the RYA at the same time as you apply for the ICC and have your ICC issued free of charge. This may be cheaper than paying for the certificate to be issued (see the ICC application form for the current fees).