International Certificate of Competence (ICC)

The International Certificate of Competence for Operators of Pleasure Craft (ICC) is issued through the offices of the Irish Sailng on behalf of the Irish Government.

The International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft for users of pleasure craft was established under resolution No. 40 of the Working Party on Inland Water Transport for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

The aim of the ICC is to provide boat owners and people wishing to charter boats abroad with an internationally recognised document certifying their competence to skipper a boat for recreational use.

Please Note:

The International Certificate of Competency is not a training course, and the Direct Assessment procedure is only suitable for sailors or powerboaters who have significant previous experience and the required competencies.

For those who are less experienced or wish to learn the required skills it is recommended to undertake a training course from the Irish Sailing Cruising Scheme or National Powerboat Training Scheme. Certificates issued on successful completion of certain courses from these schemes can also be used to apply for an ICC.

Please complete your application form and send in to the Irish Sailng offices :- Irish Sailng, 3 Park Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

All ICC forms and documents are available in the Licences Library


Licences Library


To pay for your ICC Certificate, please go to our Irish Licence Shop (new window)


Irish Licence Shop


Please note:

  • We cannot accept photocopies of certificates, only originals.
  •  RYA certificates are not accepted.
  •  Please remember to include a photograph with your application.

Where to do your Irish Sailing Training Course or ICC Assessment?

Irish Sailing Training Centres have all gone through a rigorous accreditation process to ensure that they provide high quality training in a safe environment. With Training Centres based in every corner of Ireland there are plenty to choose from for training close to home or while on holiday.


Find an ICC test centre here