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International Certificate of Competence (ICC) International Certificate of Competence (ICC)

Required in some European Countries to Charter vessels

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ICC now available to NZ Citizens

The International Certificate of Competence for operators of pleasure craft (known as an ICC) is now available to New Zealand citizens, having previously only been available to UK citizens or residents. ICCs are awarded following a short practical and knowledge assessment through an RYA Training Centre.

ICCs are available in a number of different vessel categories (sail and/or power), up to 24 metres, for coastal or inland waters. An additional CEVNI endorsement is also available, covering signs, rules and procedures for European inland waterways. The CEVNI tests can be completed in hard copy or on-line.

The ICC is of United Nations (UN) origin and is regulated through the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNEC) Inland Transport Committee. Resolution 40 authorises the issue of ICCs by the RYA, through the international network of RYA Training Centres.

Which countries require or accept an ICC?

22 of the 56 UNEC member nations have formally applied Resolution 40 (though some with various caveats). These should formally accept an ICC, namely: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

In practice, however, many local police, harbour masters and other local authorities know of and accept an ICC as sufficient proof of competence even when there is no legal obligation for them to do so. The holder’s photograph and official wording translated into nine different languages on the certificate assist with its wide acceptance.

Note: CBE/RYA make no guarantee that an ICC will be accepted by a particular nation or individual official. Travelers are recommended to gain clarification in writing regarding what certification is required in advance.

Click here to download the ICC Application Form

Click here to download the ICC Info Sheet

To enquire about this course or certificate, please contact one of the RYA training centres listed below in Course Options.

Course Options

Timetable of Tutorials

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Training centre Date Contact
Auckland Sailing School
Contact to register interest
Phone: 021 535 670
Powerboat Training NZ
Contact to register interest - Power only
Phone: 0211 204 120
Sailing Away School of Sailing
Contact to register interest - Sail only
Phone: 09 521 2387
Training centre Date Contact
International Maritime Institute of New Zealand
Please contact directly for more information - Power Only
Phone: 03 546 9175

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Which course format is right for you?

Online Study

Online and Home study boating courses offer many benefits for those seeking boating education. Firstly, these courses are designed to be studied either online or with a home study booklet so they have great content and illustrations, are interactive and are easy to navigate. You can also study at your own pace giving the flexibility to schedule learning around busy lifestyles and commitments. You can also complete the course in blocks and can come back to it on a weekly basis until it is completed.

Classroom Study

Classroom courses offer the student the ability to study intensely over a finite period of time (usually a weekend) to complete a boating course. It is a chance to meet up with other like-minded boaties and learn from their experiences. Having an educated teacher with years of boating knowledge enables the student to be taught face-to-face and ask any questions that may come up.

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New Member Day Skipper Course $100 discount:
To use your National Coastguard NZ new member discount for $100 off a Day Skipper course, please in put your membership number in the Discount Code field below (e.g. 123456). This discount code may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, and can only be redeemed once. 

10% Membership discount:
To use your National Coastguard NZ 10% membership discount on other selected Home Study courses, input "CGM" and your Coastguard membership number (e.g. CGM78091) into the  "Discount Code" field below. This discount code may not be used in conjunction with any other offer. The courses included in this discount offer are: Day Skipper (Not to be used in conjunction with $100 discount), Boatmaster, Maritime VHF Radio Operator Certificate, Inboard Engine Maintenance, Outboard Engine Maintenance and GPS Operator.

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