International Certificate of Competence (ICC)

As a skipper, you must make yourself aware of any qualifications required when visiting another country. In the countries of Europe the ICC will usually prove evidence of competence to the local authority or a charter company.


Own boat ICC assessment

  • one candidate $695 (4 hours) 
  • two candidates $995 (7 hours)
  • one candidate 3 hours training plus assessment $995 (7 hours)

ICC assessment on Flying Fish Yacht  

  • one candidate $1295 (4 hours)  
  • two candidates $1595 (7 hours)
  • one candidate 3 hours training plus assessment $1595 (7 hours)



The International Certificate of Competence's (ICC) validity is determined by the country being visited, so it is not a truly international qualification.

However, the ICC is the only international evidence of competence that exists for pleasure boaters in Europe. 

Assessment for the ICC

Our examiners can assess you on your own boat or you can book the use of one of ours. To be issued an ICC for a sailing vessel your skills and knowledge must be the equivalent of RYA Day Skipper. 

The four hour assessment is both practical and theoretical and covers the following areas

  • Safety 
  • Rules and regulations
  • Pilotage 
  • Navigation
  • Berthing and close quarter handling
  • Man Overboard recovery
  • Emergency situations
  • Boat handling under power and sail.

The assessment takes place at Flying Fish Sail Academy at Sydney's Middle Harbour Yacht Club, Mosman. 

Course for ICC

If you complete a RYA Day Skipper Practical week you can be assessed for the ICC at the same time.


What's included

Assessment on your own boat - or you can book the use of a Flying Fish sailing yacht.


  • International Certificate for Operator of Pleasure Craft (ICC)

Before you start

Your skills and knowledge are equivalent to RYA Day Skipper.

You should provide your own crew - a minimum of one.

Things you should know

The ICC, does not replace the need to comply with any manning requirements imposed by the country in which the boat is registered, wherever in the world the boat may be.

In general terms an ICC is required for the inland waterways of Europe and for coastal waters of Mediterranean countries.

The ICC is increasingly recommended for charterers in Australia as it provides external validation of your competence.

What next?

Submit your assessment form to the RYA with the fee of $80 in Australia or £43 in the UK.

Your ICC is valid for 5 years from the date of issue.

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