What is an ICC Certificate and why do I need one?

An ICC Certificate, otherwise known as the International Certificate for the Operation of Pleasure Craft, is a certificate required by certain countries in Europe to establish a satisfactory level of competence to operate a pleasure craft (non-commercially) in a country’s coastal or inland waterways. The certification requirement was established under Resolution 40 of the United Nations Economic Committee for Europe.

Just what you want to hear when you’re looking to charter a yacht for that holiday in the Med right? Don’t worry, as long as you know how to competently sail a yacht obtaining an ICC is relatively simple in practice.

Strictly speaking, only a handful of the 56 UNECE countries have formally accepted Resolution 40 and the ICC, but in reality most European Nations (and charter companies) will accept the ICC from charterers operating a pleasure craft in coastal waters, non-commercially.

There may be restrictions on the size and type of craft and the cruising area so, If you are at all unsure, we strongly recommend you make enquiries of your charter company to fully establish the legal requirements for charter and any additional contractual or insurance requirements placed upon you by the charterer or the nation state within whose coastal waters you will be sailing. Remember, as skipper, you are legally responsible for your vessel and the safety of your crew.

The law is more specific in Croatia and also requires that a member of the crew also holds a valid GMDSS VHF Operator’s Certificate. You should note that the ICC certificate refers to coastal waters. Once offshore, a British Flagged vessel is regulated under the UK Merchant Shipping Regulations.

Click here for details about our ICC Flotilla training courses.

Read our Blog post: 'How do I apply for an ICC?'.