Gain your International Certificate of Competence (ICC) with Aigua Sea School Mallorca
Aigua Sea School

International Certificate of Competence

Allows the holder to voyage internationally

From €249

Changes to the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) were made in the winter of 2014 allowing the certificate to be more widely available. Through the RYA, Aigua is now able to train and assess British nationals and nationals of some UNECE countries and USA and Canadian nationals.

Importantly to us, based in Palma de Mallorca, Spanish nationals and residents can now apply for the ICC, though please be aware that some charter companies will not accept a Spanish citizen with an ICC for chartering one of their boats! We advise you to check before proceeding to application.

You can gain an ICC (International Certificate for Operator of Pleasure Craft) by completing an ICC assessment or any of the following courses with us: RYA Powerboat level 2, RYA Advanced Powerboat, RYA Personal Watercraft (jetski), RYA Day Skipper practical (sail), RYA Day Skipper practical (motor), RYA Yachtmaster, CEVNI inland waterways test

So to the official bit: this new amendment to Resolution 40, which regulates the issue of ICC including to whom it can be issued, syllabus requirements and layout of the certificate, means that, through the RYA, Aigua will now be able to train and assess nationals of some countries inside the UNECE, in addition to countries outside the UNECE.

“The ICC is the only international evidence of competence that exists for pleasure boaters in Europe” thus making it a widely respected and much coveted certificate. – RYA

So, what does the ICC mean?

An ICC allows the holder to voyage internationally in waters where the country being visited has chosen to accept it, plus being subject to any prescriptions made by the visited country. We often refer to the ICC as a ‘driving licence’ but you have to be careful if sailing in remote areas to check the requirements of the waters in which you are sailing. As stated by the RYA, ‘Pleasure boaters must remember to comply with the regulations of both the country of registration (the Flag State) and the requirements of the visited country (the Coastal State)’.

The RYA recently launched a new edition of the RYA ICC Handbook (G81) which is available at Aigua Sea School. The book explains the ICC in great detail: what it is, why it came about, who it applies to and the requirements to obtain one. It also explains the content of the ICC test and introduces the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collision at Sea (IRPCS). Aigua Sea School invites all queries about the ICC and will advise, assist, train and assess candidates who are now eligible.

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How to apply for an ICC:

Minimum age: 16

Qualification requirements: If you hold one of the following certificates RYA Powerboat level 2, RYA Advanced Powerboat, RYA Personal Watercraft (jetski), RYA Day Skipper practical (sail), RYA Day Skipper practical (motor), RYA Yachtmaster, CEVNI inland waterways test then you can complete an Application for International Certificate for operator of Pleasure craft form. Alternatively, if you do not hold one of these certificates then you simply need to contact us and book a ICC assessment of competence test (see page 2 of the ICC application form for further details).

Nationality: British nationals and residents. Nationals of non-UNECE countries. Nationals of the USA and Canada. Special arrangements are in place for applications from Australia through Yachting Australia and New Zealand through the New Zealand Coastguard Boating Education Service. Citizens/residents of countries that are now eligible include Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Poland, Spain, Sweden and Turkey.

The Aigua team keeps a copy of the Resolution 40 adoption statement in the office and will check your eligibility against the guidelines.

We can arrange the dates to suit your schedule
Please contact the Aigua team with your dates and itinerary

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