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International Certificate of Competence


The requirement for evidence of competence varies from country to country and you should do the ICC CEVNI TEST and know what the signal mean if you your the European inland waterways. Sometimes it is required for coastal waters and sometimes for inland waters.

The law of the sea is frequently misunderstood, with many boaters believing that they can go wherever they wish abiding only by the rules of their own Flag State (country of registration).

The country in which the boat is being used (called the Coastal State) in many circumstances does require that foreign flagged boats comply with this legislation.

The most common requirement is evidence of competence which is stipulated in the national legislation, required under local rules or the local port authority.

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The International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft, commonly referred to as the International Certificate of Competence – ICC, is the only international evidence of competence that exists for pleasure boaters in Europe. In general terms an ICC is needed for the inland waterways of Europe and for inland and coastal waters of Mediterranean countries.
It is a simple process to get your practical RYA qualification endorsed for the coastal and inland waterways by taking the CEVNI test and applying to the RYA for an ICC.


Anyone requiring an ICC valid for inland waters must pass the CEVNI Test.

The test can be arranged through Coastal Sea School, part of Coastal Safety International and can be done in person or more easily by following our simple online course and completing the test online.

The CEVNI test checks your knowledge of the rules, signs and signals that you will use on the inland waterways for going through bridges, locks and crossing channels and junctions.
The RYA ICC CEVNI test is a multiple choice paper or multi choice online test. The “RYA European waterways regulations (the CEVNI rules explained)” RYA publication G17 provides the information you need to learn the code in a clear and concise way or this is fully covered during the online course and with the information pack that we email you as a PDF file to download on your computer.

You can take your CEVNI test online with us anytime, anywhere, any place that you have a computer and internet connection.

First there is a short course to look at the regulations, signs and signals then you take the test. (you have a couple of “free goes” to check that your knowledge is up to speed)

Once you have completed the CEVNI test, you will be told immediately whether you have been successful or not. Follow the on-screen instructions for details of how to get your ICC validated for inland waters.

CEVNI course &/or test

Pay online and we will then email you with your username and password, normally within the next working day.






Informing RYA students about use of their personal data

To enable access to your RYA online course we need to share some of your personal data with the RYA via your user profile in www.ryainteractive.org. This learning management website is hosted and maintained by a third party called Learning Pool, who will not use your personal information for any reason other than enabling your course.

Your name and email address will be entered on www.ryainteractive.org in order to create your user account. On your first access to the site, you will be asked to enter your address and date of birth. You will have access to the site for one year in order to complete your online course. During this period, your personal information will be held on the website by Learning Pool and be available to this training centre and the RYA for the purpose of managing your course.

Instructional support will be provided by this training centre for a period of 12 months from the date of your course booking.

On completion of your course, your name, email, date of birth and address will be transferred to the RYA’s central database for the purpose of recording details of the course and any certification you gain as a result of it. This information allows the RYA to record your certification, to update any records they may already hold about you or your qualifications and to verify your certificate if required. After one year from the date of your enrolment on the course, your user account will be removed from www.ryainteractive.org.

Full details of how the RYA will deal with your personal information will be displayed when you first access www.ryainteractive.org.