What is ICC
Unfortunatly there is no totaly international certification system for pleasure crafts in the world. In Sweden the swedish certificates in the so called blue book are valid and in many other countries like Greece and Croatia they will let you rent a boat on the swedish certificates (Förarintyg and for the bigger yachts Kustskepparintyg).
BUT France and Spain for example will ask for ICC when renting a boat.
What is ICC?
The ICC is an international certification, that proves that you have the skills required to master of a recreational boat. It is issued on a plastic card with photo and needs to be reissued every 5 years. The swedish certificates do not need to be reissued .You can apply for ICC through Sjösportskolan only if you have obtained your certificates via Sjösportskolan. The Swedish certificates such as Förarintyg ( Inshore Diploma ), Kustskepparintyg ( Coastal Diploma ), Boat practice, VHF (SRC) and Canal Certificate apply in Sweden these certificates will be put in the "Blue Book" issued by NFB. Many countries accept these certificates in the blue book in their countries ( e.g. Greece and Croatia), but less often in e.g. Spain and France.
The ICC is part of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Resolution 40, which deals with inland waterways and coastal waters. The minimum requirements are standardized, but the intention is that national driver's licenses for recreational boats can be used to demonstrate sufficient knowledge abroad.
NOTE that each charter company decides for themselves what they require for you to rent a boat from them. Always check what the charter company you are renting a boat from requires a certificate of education.
Where does the ICC apply?
The ICC is accepted in many countries in Europe. Even in countries that do not officially require or accept the letter of authorization, it may be needed or useful. For example. if you are going to rent a boat or to show that you have an official license. In Sweden, however, the ICC does not apply as a certificate of competency, but the Coastal Yachtmaster Diploma is the qualification. These countries have ratified Resolution 40 and thus fully accept the ICC as a certificate of competency: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom. The following countries have not signed Resolution 40 but accept the ICC as a certificate of competency in their territory: France, Italy, Poland. NOTE that your ICC needs to be renewed every 5 years. This is easily done via the web.
Are there different kinds of ICC certificates?
Yes thera are MANY different kinds of ICC depending on depending on propulsion, size of boat and waters it is operated in.
Power / Sail <10 meters, applies to ships up to 10 m.
Power / Sail <24 meters, applies to ships up to 24 m.
PWC, applies to personal watercraft
Coastal, for coastal waters.
Coastal and Inland, for coastal waters and inland waterways. The Inland supplement requires an extra CEVNI test.
Sjösportskolan issue the following ICC for our course participants:
ICC <10 meters Power / Sail Coastal: Application requirements: The Inshore Diploma (Förarintyg in English) with Boat practice Certificate and VHF / SRC certificate. Price for ICC card: SEK 905.
ICC <10 meters Power / Sail Coastal and Inland: Application requirements: The Inshore Diploma (Förarintyg in English) with Boat practice Certificate, Channel certificate, and VHF / SRC certificate. Price for ICC card: SEK 1,015.
ICC <24 meters Power / Sail Coastal: Application requirements: Coastal Yachtmaster Diploma (Kustskepparintyg in English) with Boat practice Certificate or Ship Officer class 8, and VHF / SRC certificate in both cases.
Price for ICC card: SEK 1,620.
ICC <24 meters Power / Sail Coastal and Inland: Application requirements: Coastal Yachtmaster Diploma (Kustskepparintyg in English) with Boat practice Certificate or Ship Officer class 8, Channel certificate, and VHF / SRC certificate in both cases. Price for ICC card: SEK 1,720.
Small Power Boat and RIB Master: Application requirements: HSF course with some additions during the course, and RIB Master exam in English. Price for RIB Master card incl. course and materials: 2145: -
Who can apply for the ICC?
Everyone who lives in Sweden and has the Driver's Certificate or the Coast Guard Certificate together with boat practice can apply for ICC as above.
If you are a foreign citizen, you may need to upload a so-called Proof of Residency document in your IYT account, which can be one of your bills or possibly proof of identity. Detailed info can be found below
If you have the correct certificate as above and have done a boat practice, you are directly eligible to apply.
Who can not apply for ICC in Sweden
In accordance with UNECE Resolution 40 (Revision 4), citizens and residents of countries, listed below, that are signatories to Resolution 40, will be obliged to obtain an ICC from their own national issuing authority and not from IYT (with the exception of the United Kingdom and Latvia, see below). Please see this link for full details and explanation:
How to Apply for an ICC Certificate
- Register at IYT: Visit www.iytnet.com and click REGISTER to register as a student. Note: Your address must not contain Swedish the letters åäö.
- Upload your photo and ID: Upload a passport type of photo for your IYT card and photo of your passport/ID for identification. You can use your mobile phone camera for this. The photos need to be saved in JPEG-format and be less than 2 MB each. The photos can be cropped on the IYT web page. When done, click NEXT.
- Write down your student ID: When you register you get your own student ID. Write this down and do not lose it.
- Take photos of relevant certificates: Take photos/copies of the pages in your book of certificates (the blue book you received at your Förarintyg exam);
book owner, relevant certificates, SRC certificate and practical boat training ("båtpraktik").
For you who have Förarintyg; also take a photo of the Förarintyg.
For you who have Kustskepparintyg; also take a photo of the Kustskepparintyg.
For you who have Fartygsbefäl klass 8 ; also take a photo of your certification of education for this.
- For you who also have chosen CEVNI: Take a photo/copy of your Kanalintyg.
- Send email to Sjösportskolan: Send an email with your student ID and the all photos you took above, to email@example.com.
- Now there's only a bit of waiting: Sjösportskolan will send your information to Cananda, and it will take approximately 3 weeks for IYT to process and send your ICC plastic card. The card will be sent to the address you stated when you registered IYT account.
Sjösportskolan is authorized to issue ICC as we are an IYT school (International Yacht Training). IYT issues i.a. The Master of Yacht license, which is a professional license for ships up to 200 gross tons. The IYT has been granted rights by Ireland, which has ratified Resolution 40, to issue ICCs through its member schools. More about IYT World.