Cruising Europe: ICC Course Now Available to All (A Clarification)

For those cruisers who need to obtain evidence of sailing competency when in European waters, it is now possible for anyone to obtain an International Certificate of Competence (ICC).

Published 9 years ago, updated 5 years ago

Update November 2016: The issuing of ICCs is still restricted as per the paragraph below. Currently, no organization can issue a certificate to just any citizen.

The good news is that now anyone can now obtain an ICC.

If you are a citizen or a resident of a country signed up to the UN Resolution 40 (Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland, United Kingdom) then your national sailing authority is the only authority which can issue your ICC. Citizen of other countries can obtain one using an organization such as those identified below.

The IYT (International Yacht Training Worldwide) organization and can offer courses that will enable anyone successful candidate to receive an ICC.

The U.K.’s RYA now also offers certified training courses throughout the world. However, the RYA can only issue ICCs to nationals of non-Resolution 40 countries. See for a list of recognized centres worldwide.

There is a small sailing school operating in the western Med (Sardinia, Corsica and Elba) which is affiliated to the IYT (International Yacht Training Worldwide) organisation and can offer courses that will enable British and non-UN Resolution 40 country citizens to receive an ICC. It was previously believed that it was possible to obtain an International Certificate of Competence through the Ocean Wind Sailing School ( whatever your nationality, but this is not correct.   For more information contact John Parsons at [email protected]

The ICC is particularly valuable to those cruisers who which to explore the inland waterways of Europe as the necessary CEVNI endorsement to the ICC can be then taken online.

See the Noonsite/European Union page for more information.

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