International Certificate of Competence (I.C.C.)
About the I.C.C.
The International Certificate of Competence (I.C.C.) is often referred to as the Mediterranean Boat Licence. Unlike an Australian Boat Licence, yachts are not exempt from this and it is a requirement even for privately owned vessels.
For very experienced skippers, the International Certificate of Competence is a one-day assessment from our base in Pittwater where we will make sure your skills are up to date and ready for your Mediterranean adventures.
You can be tested on your own, or with another person. We are restricted to assessing a maximum of 2 people in a day. You can bring family and friends as crew, but please remember this an assessment and not a training day.
We can provide a boat for you to complete the assessment at an additional cost, or you can be assessed on your own boat.
Once you pass the assessment, you can apply to the RYA for the certificate. The I.C.C. from the RYA is valid for 5 years. You do not have to complete the test after this time, all you are required to do is renew the licence by paying a fee direct to the RYA.
Steve and I enjoyed our day out with Roger. We have been sailing together for forty years, since his father taught me to sail on Gretel II so I hope our sailing skills are up to the ICC. The best part was the MOB practise but Roger had a lot of practical advice.
Simon Ford
​​​​​​​Chartered in the Mediterranean

Syllabus for ICC assessment
As a skipper you should be confident and competent in leading an inexperienced crew with the following before your assessment: 
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1 - Start

  • Give safety briefing including use of safety equipment and interpret weather forecasts
  • Pre-start engine checks, start the engine, check cooling and understand fuel range

2 - Docking & berthing

  • Use of springs to depart from lee wall/pontoon
  • Clear communication with other crew
  • Coming alongside a windward pontoon

3 - 360˚ turn in confined space

4 - Securing to a buoy

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 a 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 around before tacking and gybing
  • Control sails during tacking and gybing
Navigation Experience
We need to confirm that your current level of navigation and passage planning is of the Day Skipper Shore-based level or higher. You can enrol and learn this with us.
Pre-assessment training
If you would like to take some time to prepare for your I.C.C. assessment, you can use a personalised training session, or book a day with us on our boat. Many people find this an invaluable opportunity to brush up on the skills and ensure they are properly prepared for sitting the assessment.
What am I examined on?
You can download the I.C.C. licence form for full details of what is involved and to help you prepare for your assessment. 
International Certificate of Competence (I.C.C.) for coastal waters on sailing vessels, and also power driven vessels of up to 10 metres L.O.A. 
"Anne and I particularly appreciated Roger’s assessment/teaching approach. He was far more patient with Anne than I would have been and as a consequence she got great value from the day. Overall I think the preparation for the online training, the provision of course materials and the regular communication from ABB was very professional."
Bruce & Anne Grey
Chartered in Sardinia

The Investment
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Assessments for up to 2 people 
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Assessments for up to 2 people 
*Please note once you have passed your I.C.C. assessment the RYA fees if you are not a member of the RYA for the licence are 45 GBP (processing time around 21 days) and additional 30GBP if you require their fast track service (processing time around 2 days). We can not assess more than 2 people per day as a requirement from the RYA.
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