Options to Obtain an ICC

Full details of the regulations and procedures concerning ICC and CEVNI are on the RYA website.

The ICC application form including the ICC test syllabus can be downloaded from the RYA website.

Brief Summary and Options

ICCs may be issued to UK nationals or UK residents, or to nationals of other countries provided that the country is not in an exclusion list on the RYA website (see link above).
Options to obtain an ICC valid for Motor vessels:

  • Complete training up to RYA Powerboat Level 2 or above (Valid for Power up to 10 metres length only). Then complete an ICC application form referring to your RYA certificate as evidence of your competence.
  • Complete training up to RYA Day Skipper (Power) Practical level or above. (Valid for Power vessels up to 24 metres length). Then complete an ICC application form referring to your Day Skipper Certificate as evidence of competence.
  • Attend an ICC test centre for a direct assessment of your knowledge and competence in coastal navigation, seamanship and boat handling under power and sail as appropriate. Elite Sailing is a recognised ICC test centre. If you are competent, a test will take a minimum of 4 hours. Longer is recommended to allow time for some coaching if necessary. If the assessment is aboard a power vessel more than 10 metres length, the ICC will be endorsed accordingly.
    Options for arranging the assessment are:

    • Attend a one or 2 day course with an RYA Powerboat School (valid up to 10 metres length only). Elite Sailing does not offer this option.
    • Attend a scheduled 1 or 2-day motor cruising course. See dates available. We operate a 12 metre motor cruisier so your ICC would be valid for vessels up to 24 metres.
    • Arrange a private session with one of our instructors on our vessel. We operate a 12 metre motor cruiser so your ICC would be valid for vessels up to 24 metres. The minimum duration would be one day for up to 2 people or 2 days for up to 4 people. Prices will be advised by individual quotation. Call us with details of your requirement, number of people and experience levels.
    • Arrange for one of our instructors to do the assessment on your own boat. Normal own boat tuition rates apply. Call us with details of your vessel, location, your experience etc.

Options to Obtain an ICC valid for Sailing Vessels with Auxiliary engine:

  • Complete training up to RYA Day Skipper (Sail) Practical level or above. (Valid for sailing vessels up to 24 metres length and power vessels up to 10 metres length). Then complete an ICC application form referring to your Day Skipper Certificate as evidence of competence.
  • Attend an ICC test centre for a direct assessment of your knowledge and competence in coastal navigation, seamanship and boat handling under power and sail as appropriate. The assessment content is specified on the applicatioin form available for download from the RYA website. Elite Sailing is a recognised ICC test centre. If you are competent, a test will take a minimum of 4 hours. Longer is recommended to allow time for some coaching if necessary.
    Options for arranging the assessment are:

    • Attend a scheduled 2-day sailing weekend and receive some coaching and assessment. See dates available. Your ICC would be valid for sailing vessels up to 24 metres and power vessels up to 10 metres.
    • Arrange a private session with one of our instructors on one of our vessels. Your ICC would be valid for sailing vessels up to 24 metres and power vessels up to 10 metres length. The minimum duration would be one day for up to 2 people or 2 days for up to 4 people. Prices will be advised by individual quotation. Call us with details of your requirement, number of people and experience levels.
    • Arrange for one of our instructors to do the assessment on your own boat. Normal own boat tuition rates apply. Call us with details of your vessel, location, your experience etc.

Inland Waterways and CEVNI

The ICC certificate is automatically valid for coastal waters. For inland waterways (canals, lakes, rivers), you need an endorsement on the ICC to the effect that you understand the European regulations governing navigation on these waterways. Regulations are explained in various books. We recommend that you study the regulations using this book: RYA CEVNI Handbook.

It’s available from the RYA Website Shop.

When you are satisfied that you have the necessary knowledge you can take the CEVNI on-line test.

The CEVNI On-line test is available through the Elite Sailing pages of the RYA Interactive website.

Enrol as follows:

Email or telephone and ask us to enrol you for the CEVNI On-Line test. We just need your full name, email address and a telephone number.

We will send you a link to follow to our booking website where you can complete further details on line and make a payment on-line or by telephone. The price for the On-line course is £30.

When the payment is completed you will receive an automated confirmation mail. We will then create an account for you on the RYA Interactive website, add the CEVNI test to your area and send you a follow-up email with a link and login details to access the site and test. This process will usually be done the same day but if you email in the evening or at a weekend it could take until the end of the following working day.

You follow the link to the RYA Interactive site, login and gain immediate access to your test. There is provision for practice to check your knowledge before taking the final test.

On successful completion of the test, you should follow the on-screen instructions to see how to get the CEVNI endorsement on your ICC.