Originally Posted by Square-Sandwich
Thank you. Are you aware of whether the IPC is also accepted? I would be going through the ASA
system for certification
Valid Nautical Certificate of Competence
This is also known as the ICC (International Certificate of Competence) or International Certificate for Operator of Pleasure Craft.
The ICC is accepted in nearly all Mediterranean
waters. There are some exceptions, but in practice, even in these countries, most charter companies will accept the ICC as sufficient proof of sailing experience.
In most countries, you can get an ICC by getting the right national boating
licenses. After that, you can simply apply for an ICC with the right authorities.
Besides an International Certificate of Competence, you also need a VHF
Radio Certificate. This certificate simply means that you know how to use a VHF radio. Croatia accepts foreign certificates for most countries.
You can get one by successfully completing a VHF radio course. Every country issues its own courses, and you'll have to check with your national marine
authorities which course to take.
List of Accepted Boat
Licenses per Country
Below I'll list the ICC or equivalent licenses per country (U.K., Netherlands
, United States, Germany
, and Sweden).
For each country, I'll mention the issuing organization and the exact name of the license there. See reference link.
As to the United States
Organization: US Sailing Association (USSA) or American Sailing Association (ASA)
Licenses: Bareboat Chartering (ASA), Basic Cruising (USSA) or Bareboat Cruising (USSA
With one of these licenses, you may sail:
boats used for private purposes,
bareboat chartered boats,
yachts used for private purposes up to 30 GT,
bareboat chartered yachts up to 30 GT,
in internal waters and territorial sea of the Republic of Croatia and waters accessible from the sea.
Is the large cat that you intend to chart greater than 30 GT?
Description of the ICC
The ICC is a product of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Committee (UN ECE IWC) Resolution 40 (hereafter called Resolution 40). This states that the ICC may be issued by a government
of one state to its nationals and residents who may be on the waters of a foreign state, on condition that both accept the requirements and conditions set out in Resolution 40.
Governments may appoint competent authorities to issue ICC on their behalf. Globally International Yacht Training
Worldwide (IYT) has been delegated such authority by both Ireland
and the UK, and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) are both authorized by the UK.
The ICC provides documentary assurance from one government
to another that the holder meets the levels of competence laid down in Resolution 40. However, the acceptance of Resolution 40 is often caveated.
Implementation of Resolution 40
The following UNECE member
states have adopted Resolution 40 and thus officially accept the ICC as a proof of competence in their territories:
Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia
, Czech Republic, Finland
, Hungary, Ireland
, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands
, Romania, Slovakia, South Africa
(not a member
state), Switzerland the United Kingdom and Ukraine
Implementation of Resolution 14
The following UNECE member states have adopted the earlier Resolution 14. Also these countries accept the ICC:
States that have not adopted Resolution 40
The following UNECE member states have not accepted the Resolution 40 nor the Resolution 14:
, Moldova, Portugal
, Russian Federation, Serbia, Sweden