International Certificate of Competency
THINKING OF CHARTERING IN EUROPE?
YOU MAY NEED AN INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY
Uniquely, IYT Worldwide has been approved by the Irish Government to issue ICC s to qualified applicants of any nationality on their behalf. IYT Worldwide has also had approval from the M.C.A. (Maritime and Coastguard Agency of Great Britain) for many years to issue ICCs to United Kingdom passport holders and various other countries on their approved list.
WHAT IS AN ICC (AND CEVNI) & WHERE IS IT REQUIRED?
As you may be aware, it is now mandatory to hold a recognised International Certificate of Competency (ICC) if you wish to charter a boat in certain European countries. It is generally required for the inland and coastal waters of Mediterranean countries. In Northern Europe and Scandinavia the ICC is generally not required, but it is strongly advised to check with any European or eastern bloc country that you wish to charter in before you leave.
The ICC is a product of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Resolution 40. The ICC provides documentary assurance from one Government to another that the holder meets the levels of competence laid down in Resolution 40.
The following countries have adopted Resolution 40 and officially accept the ICC as proof of boating competence within their territory:
The following countries have not adopted resolution 40 but do accept ICC's for use within their territory:
The following countries have not accepted Resolution 40 but may require some other proof of boating competence before chartering there, (check before you leave):
Almost all inland waterways require an ICC with CEVNI inland endorsement.
CEVNI - is Code Europeen Des Voies De Navigation Interieure (Revision 2)
You will need to pass an examination to get an INLAND endorsement on the IYT International Certificate of Competence to operate a boat on European waterways. You SHOULD read up on the regulations contained in European Code for Inland Waterways yourself and take the CEVNI examination and/or attend a course.
ICC ENDORSEMENTS & VESSEL SIZES
THE ENDORSEMENTS MAY BE:
- (Power -24m) for any power driven vessel up to 24 meters.
- (Power -10m) for any power driven vessel up to 10 meters.
- (Sail – 24m & Power 10m ) Sail vessel up to 24 meters (must include Power 10m for operating tender to and from shore)
- (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. A CEVNI exam must be successfully completed. See below for more details..
WHAT VESSEL SIZES ARE COVERED?
For those candidates taking a direct assessment in a power vessel, the length of the boat will determine the level of endorsement. This will be either up to 10 meters in length or up to 24 meters in length.
ICC COURSE SYLLABUS (INCLUDING CEVNI)
ICC for Coastal Waters
- Preparation for sea - Checklist and mechanical checks
- Short Passage - each candidate executes a short pre-planned passage as skipper where testing of the following is required:
- Coming alongside / berthing / un-berthing
- Man overboard recovery
- 360 degree turn
- 3 point turn
- Navigation skills
- Handling under sail (for sail endorsement)
- Handling under power (for power endorsement)
- Theory examinations cover the following subjects:
- Collision regulations
- Navigation lights
- Shapes and sounds
- Buoyage (IALA A & B)
- Harbour pilotage
- VHF Radio
- Variation & deviation
- Chartwork /symbols & abbreviations
- Tides- height of tide and drying height
- Basic position fixing
- Course to steer to counteract tide or current
- Set & drift / leeway
- Pilotage- required for coastal knowledge
CEVNI Examination for Inland Waters Endorsement
- Sound signals
- Lights and symbols on vessels
- Markings on vessels underway
- Lights and markings for other situations and designated areas
- Passing, crossing, overtaking and entering harbour
- Buoys, berthing and reduced visibility
- Channel markings
- General rules and regulations
WHO MAY OBTAIN AN ICC?
IYT Worldwide has been approved by the Irish Government to issue ICC s to any qualified applicants of any nationality on their behalf. IYT Worldwide also has had approval from the M.C.A. (Maritime and Coastguard Agency of Great Britain) for many years to issue ICCs to United Kingdom passport holders and various other countries on their approved list.
The school must be approved by IYT Worldwide to instruct the ICC course.
The applicant must:
- be 16 years of age or older
- be physically and mentally fit to operate a pleasure craft, and in particular, must have sufficient powers of vision and hearing
- have successfully passed a written and practical examination or prove the necessary competence for pleasure craft operation by holding an acceptable IYT Worldwide certificate
IS THERE A PERIOD OF VALIDITY FOR AN ICC?
The ICC is valid for a period of 5 years.