If you are planning to charter a yacht overseas then this UN document is a must. The International Certificate of Competency (ICC) is an internationally-recognised document that is increasingly being called for by charter companies as evidence of yachting competence. It is widely accepted in Europe.
If you hold an RYA qualification (such as RYA Day Skipper practical or above), a simple application can be made through RYA/Yachting Australia.
If you do not hold such a qualification but are a yachtsman of significant experience, you can undertake an assessment to obtain the certificate. The assessment involves both theory and practical boat handling, and will take between 2 to 4 hours to complete.
The ICC will allow you to charter sailing yachts up to 24 metres in length and power vessels up to 10 metres.
To charter a vessel and operate on European inland waters, a CEVNI (Code Europeen des Voies de Navigation Interieure) endorsment is needed on your ICC certificate. This assessment can de done at the same time as your ICC test.
The ICC is issued from the United Kingdom. A time of approximately 6 weeks from application to receipt should be allowed. The certificate will be valid for 5 years. It should be noted that to be eligible there are various requirements.