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International Certificate of Competence Motor - ICC

Do you want to rent a power driven vessel when travelling abroad? The ICC (International Certificate of Competence allows you to do just that. 

The International Certificate of Competence for Operators of Pleasure Craft (ICC) is issued through the offices of Irish Sailing 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. This means the ICC only works in countries which have accepted this resolution.

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.

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Direct Assessment

The direct assessment is a fast track way to obtain the ICC if you already have experience. You can present yourself to us for a direct assessment provided you have the background knowledge in the theory and practical elements to boat handling. This should be to National Powerboat Certificate (level 2) standard and above. Think of it like a car driving test. 


Approx 3-4 hours


  • Theory paper: 2 hours to complete

  • Practical: 1-2 hours duration


€199 payable to Atlantic Powerboating for a direct assessment

€121 payable to Irish Sailing for the ICC application (reduced cost of €75 if already a member of an Irish Sailing Club)


Fees correct as of January 2024. Please check the Irish Sailing website for the latest fee here


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What to bring

Your powerboating gear suitable for powerboating in all kinds of weather conditions

Equipment included

We provide the course material/ assessment papers and can supply lifejackets/bouyancy aids


Our own Training Centre vessels or the practical assessment can be delivered on the clients own boat where it meets our training centre/own boat requirements


The endorsement reflected on your ICC will be a Motor + Coastal endorsement as we run the practical on a power driven vessel in a coastal area with the assessment paper covering coastal relevant questions

Period of Validity

The ICC is valid for a period of 5 years from date of issue. It may be renewed by application to Irish Sailing.


Issued by Irish Sailing on behalf of the Department of Transport. Accepted in countries who have adopted resolution No. 40 of the Working Party on Inland Water Transport for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

What to do next?

  1. Fill out the ICC application form and send to the Irish Sailing head office.

  2. Pay the appropriate fee to Irish Sailing online at this link.

  3. Wait for your application to be processed by Irish Sailing.

  4. Show your ICC card to the charter company when you go boating abroad.

  5. The final step is the most important one. Have fun boating abroad!

Links to relevant resources

Let us know what day suits you best, morning or afternoon and how many people will be taking the assessment

Make an enquiry about a course

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