Port Solent Sailing School

Yacht Training + ICC Assessment

Yacht Training + ICC Assessment


The International Certificate of Competence (ICC) is an internationally recognised certificate that qualifies its holders to sail in countries where formal qualifications are required, such as Croatia and Greece.

This course includes four days training and five nights staying on board the yacht, followed by an assessment on day five.

Please note: ICC certificates can only be issued to candidates whose country has NOT signed resolution 40. Click here to see this list and for more information.

For holders of the RYA Day Skipper practical course certificate, Coastal Skipper practical course certificate, or the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal/ Yachtmaster Offshore certificate - no further assessment is required. These certificates are of a higher level to the ICC. If you hold any of the certificates listed above, you can apply directly to the RYA for an ICC, by submitting a copy of the ICC application form along with a copy of your certificate. 

If you do not hold any of the above certificates you will need to carry out a simple test of basic boat handling, navigation ability and knowledge of the Collision Regulations to gain the ICC ticket.

Please note the ICC is NOT a substitute for the RYA Day Skipper.

Where to take this course with Sunsail

Portsmouth, UK

Why take this course with Sunsail?

The ICC assessment is an internationally recognised certificate, enabling the holder to sail in countries where formal qualifications are compulsory. As many countries now require visiting yachtsmen to hold formal qualifications, the ICC provides official assurance from one government to another that the holder meets an agreed level of competence.

As basic navigation is required, we recommend taking the online Essential Navigation and Seamanship course prior to taking the assessment. This online course is takes eight hours to complete.  

Please note:

The following UNECE countries have adopted Resolution 40. If you are a national of one of these countries and are resident in that country or another country on this list the RYA is not authorised to issue you with an ICC:

Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland


The certificate is available to a person who fulfils the following eligibility criteria:

  • has reached the age of 16;
  • is physically and mentally fit to operate a pleasure craft, and in particular, has sufficient powers of vision and hearing;
  • presents one of the specified UK certificates or has successfully passed an examination to prove the necessary competence for pleasure craft operation; and
  • who demonstrates their nationality or residency to show that their nationality does not preclude them from being issued with an ICC by the RYA.

ICC Assessment Syllabus

1. Start
• Give safety briefing including use of safety equipment
• Has listened to weather forecasts
• Pre start engine checks
• Use kill cord (if fitted)
• Start engine
• Check cooling
• Knows fuel range

2. Depart from Pontoon
• Understands use of springs to depart from lee wall/pontoon
• Communicate with crew
• Position fenders correctly

3. 360° Turn in Confined Space

4. Securing to Buoy
• Communicate effectively with crew
• Prepare warp
• Choose correct angle of approach
• Control speed of approach
• Secure boat effectively
• Depart from the mooring safely

5. Man Overboard
• Observe MOB or instruct crew to do so
• Demonstrate correct direction and speed of approach
• Make suitable contact with MOB

6. Handling Under Sail
• Sail triangular course with one leg to windward
• Choose suitable area for hoisting/lowering sails
• Use sails suitable for prevailing conditions
• Show awareness of wind direction
• Trim sails correctly on each point of sailing
• Warn crew before manoeuvres
• Look round before tacking and gybing
• Control sails during tacking and gybing

7. Coming Alongside Windward Pontoon
• Communicate effectively with crew
• Show awareness of other water users
• Prepare warps/fenders
• Choose correct angle of approach
• Control speed of approach
• Stop boat in place required and secure to pontoon
• Stop engine

Theory assessment


1. Knows responsibility for keeping a proper lookout

2. Can determine a ‘safe speed’

3. Can recognise a potential collision situation

4. Can identify ‘give way’ vessel in a collision situation

5. Knows what action to take as ‘give way’ and ‘stand on’ vessel

6. Knows responsibilities of a small vessel in a narrow channel

7. Can recognise manoeuvring signals (1.2.3 & 5 short blasts)

8. Can make and recognise visual distress signals


1. Is able to use and instruct crew on the use of:

• Life jackets
• Distress alerting (e.g. DSC VHF, EPIRB, Flares, etc.)
• Fire extinguishers
• Kill cord (if fitted)

2. Can prepare a boat for use and take sensible precautions before setting out, including:
• Engine checks
• Check fuel for range / duration of trip
• Obtain weather forecast
• Avoid overloading boat

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