International Certificate of Competence – ‘ICC’ (up to 24m)

Key Course Details

Duration: 1 - 3 days

Time: 9am to 5pm

Group Size: 3 per boat

Min Age: From 16

Price: £Varies


International Certificate of Competence

An International Certificate of Competence is often considered as the international ‘boat driving licence’. It is usually required by countries/operators if you wish to use your own craft abroad or to charter one.

There are the following ‘classes’ of ICC

  • Power – vessels up to 10m, Coastal
  • Power – vessels up to 24m, Coastal
  • Power – vessels up to 10m, Coastal + Inland
  • Power – vessels up to 24m, Coastal + Inland
  • Sail – Coastal (includes Power ICC up to10m, Coastal)
  • Personal Watercraft

ICCs for vessels up to 10m are obtained via the Powerboat Scheme whilst up to 24m ICCs are obtained via the Motor Cruising Scheme – or tests on your own vessel of such a length.

To obtain the ‘Inland endorsement’ you need to undertake an additional short test – the ‘CEVNI’ test – see below.

You can gain your ICC for up to 24m craft in one of two ways:

Undertake the RYA Dayskipper Practical Course. Passing this course successfully allows you to apply for the ICC.


Undertake an ICC Direct Assessment. This can be just a half day assessment by a qualified tester (we run such tests) or typically actually runs for a day allowing a bit of time to to be invested ‘brushing up’ on some areas. Please note that for your Examiner to pass you you will need to display a level of competence across a variety of areas at a level comparable with the standard reached on a RYA Dayskipper Practical course.

From speaking to many people over the years, we often find that whilst an individual may have boated for years they will struggle to pass the ICC tests as they are lacking in many of the theoretical areas. More often than not people choose to undertake the full RYA Dayskipper Practical course.

More information about the Dayskipper Practical course can be found here – RYA Dayskipper Practical Course

We are always keen to chat through this with people as we can usually pretty easily assess how your experience level is versus what is required.

Do you need to ‘bolt on’ the CEVNI qualification to your ICC?

A CEVNI endorsement is required if you intend boating on the inland waterways of Europe.

Online CEVNI Course & Test To read more about taking the CEVNI Course and test online follow this link for more information – Online CEVNI

Classroom CEVNI Course & Test To read more about taking the CEVNI Course and test in one of our classrooms follow this link – Classroom CEVNI

Download the ICC form from the RYA and read about boating overseas

To obtain your ICC

  • Pass an ICC test, or…
  • Undertake the Powerboat Level 2 or Dayskipper Practical courses
  • Complete the ICC form (see below).
  • 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 (we don’t need to see the form if you are using a RYA certificate. If you have undertaken an ICC test we will fill in the form with you and sign it.
  • Your ICC will be returned after about 2 – 3 weeks

ICC Form Download the ICC form from the RYA here – International Certificate of Competence

Boating Abroad Read the RYA’s helpful pages on boating abroad here – Boating Abroad


The ICC syllabus is broadly the same as the syllabus for the RYA Dayskipper Practical course. The subjects assessed include:

All Candidates


  • Knows responsibility for keeping a proper lookout
  • Can determine a ‘safe speed’
  • Can recognise a potential collision situation
  • Can identify ‘give way’ vessel in a collision situation
  • Knows what action to take as ‘give way’ and ‘stand on’ vessel
  • Knows responsibilities of a small vessel in a narrow channel
  • Can recognise manoeuvring signals (1,2,3 & 5 short blasts)
  • Can make and recognise visual distress signals


    Is able to use and instruct crew on the use of:

  • Lifejackets
  • Distress flares
  • Fire extinguishers
  • ‘Kill cord’ (if fitted)

Can prepare a boat for use and take sensible precautions before setting out, including:

  • Engine checks
  • Check fuel for range/duration of trip
  • Obtain weather forecast
  • Avoid overloading boat

Additionally, for candidates in coastal waters


  • Knows rules relating to Traffic Separation Schemes
  • Knows requirements for navigation lights and shapes to be displayed by own vessel
  • Can recognise the following from the lights: Power driven, sailing vessel, vessel at anchor, tug and tow, fishing vessel, dredger.
  • Knows sound signal to be made by vessels as in Q3


  • Can recognise, by day and night, and understand significance of buoys of the IALA system
  • Knows sources of information on: local regulations, port entry and departure signals, VTS and Port Operations Radio.
  • Can plan a harbour entry/departure, taking account of possible presence of large vessels and avoiding navigational hazards

Navigation (Chart & Plotting Instruments required)

  • Can interpret a navigational chart, understand significance of charted depths and drying heights and can identify charted hazards.
  • Can plot position by cross bearings and by Lat/Long
  • Can determine magnetic course to steer, making allowances for leeway and tidal stream
  • Can use a tide table to find times and heights of high and low water at a standard port
  • Can determine direction and rate of tidal stream from a tidal stream atlas or tidal diamonds on a chart
  • Understands basic use of GPS

Practical elements, All Candidates

Boat Handling

  • Start
  • Give safety briefing including use of safety equipment
  • Has listened to weather forecasts
  • Pre start engine checks
  • Start engine
  • Check cooling
  • Knows fuel range

Depart from Pontoon

  • Understands use of springs to depart from lee wall/pontoon
  • Communicate with crew
  • Position fenders correctly

360 Turn in Confined Space

Securing to Buoy

  • Communicate effectively with crew
  • Prepare warp
  • Choose correct angle of approach
  • Control speed of approach
  • Secure boat effectively
  • Depart from the mooring safely

Man Overboard

  • Observe MOB or instruct crew to do so
  • Demonstrate correct direction and speed of approach
  • Make suitable contact with the MOB

High Speed Manoeuvres [if appropriate]

  • Use kill-cord if appropriate
  • Choose suitable area
  • Show awareness of other water users
  • Warn crew before each manoeuvre
  • Look around before S and U turns
  • Control speed on U turns

Handling Under Sail [if appropriate]

Coming Alongside Windward Pontoon

  • Communicate effectively with crew
  • Show awareness of other water users
  • Prepare warps/fenders
  • Choose correct angle of approach
  • Control speed of approach
  • Stop boat in place required and secure to pontoon
  • Stop engine

International Certificate of Competence – ‘ICC’ (up to 24m) - Book Now

Thank you for choosing to undertake a course on your boat.

We can be very flexible on the dates to train you on your boat so please choose dates that work for you and we’ll check the calendar and contact you to confirm the training. This will usually be at the latest the next business day.

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