Powerboat Over 10m - The International Certificate of Competence (ICC)

To get yout International Boat License (ICC) you must be able to prove you are competent at driving a boat.
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If you are looking to use your own boat or hire a boat, which is over 10m in length, especially when abroad, then it is almost certain you will need to hold the Power Over 10 Metre International Certificate of Competence (ICC). There are no prerequisites or formal qualifications required for you to take an ICC assessment but it is recommended that you have the experience required of the ICC itself which is detailed below. If you already have an appropriate RYA qualification you will be able to apply for the ICC directly without the need for an assessment. Being a powerboat school we can teach you on a Rib or powerboat but if you want to learn on a larger cruising vessel then we can put you in touch with one of our training partners.

Boat Licence

The International Certificate of Competence (ICC) or Boat License as it's often referred to can be issued to: 
  • UK Nationals 
  • UK Residents 
  • Other Countries that have accepted Resolution 40 can also apply for an ICC here in the UK, please follow the link below and go to section 2 of the application form to see if you are eligible: 

ICC Application Form

Please note that some countries, especially France and Croatia are now also asking for the VHF radio license in addition to the ICC, albeit mainly for the larger boats. The Power Over 10 metre ICC assessment can be taken over a one day assessment or if a bit rusty we can offer you a days training prior to your assessment to bring you back up to speed with the rules and regs as well as the required boat handling skills. 

You will cover/ be assessed on the following:


Regulations - Applicable to all Candidates

  • Knows responsibility for keeping a proper lookout 
  • Can determine a 'safe speed' 
  • Can recognise a potential collision situation 
  • Can identify 'give way' vessel in a collision situation 
  • Knows what action to take as 'give way' and 'stand on' vessel 
  • Knows responsibilities of a small vessel in a narrow channel 
  • Can recognise manoeuvring signals (1.2.3 & 5 short blasts) 
  • Can make and recognise visual distress signals 

Boat Preps and Planning

  • Engine checks 
  • Obtain weather forecast 
  • Check fuel for range / Duration of Trip 
  • Avoid overloading boat 


  • Can recognise, by day and night, and understand significance of buoys of the IALA system 
  • Knows sources of information on: local regulations, port entry and departure signals, VTS and Port Operations Radio 
  • Can plan a harbour entry/departure, taking account of possible presence of large vessels and avoiding navigational hazards 

Regulations - for Coastal Waters

  • Knows rules relating to Traffic Separation Schemes 
  • Knows requirements for navigation lights and shapes to be displayed by own vessel 
  • Can recognise the following from the lights: Power driven, sailing vessel, vessel at anchor, tug and tow, fishing vessel, dredger 
  • Knows sound signals made by vessels as for those above 

Safety - Can Use and Instruct the Crew on

  • Life jackets 
  • Fire extinguishers 
  • Distress alerting (DSC VHF, EPIRB,Flares etc.) 
  • 'Kill cords' (if fitted) 


  • Can interpret a navigational chart, understand significance of charted depths and drying heights and can identify charted hazards 
  • Can plot position by cross bearings and by Lat/long 
  • Can determine magnetic course to steer, making allowances for leeway and tidal stream 
  • Can use a tide table to find times and heights of high and low water at a standard port 
  • Can determine direction and rate of tidal stream from a tidal stream atlas or tidal diamonds on a chart 
  • Understands basic use of GPS 



1. All Candidates From the Start

  • Can give a safety briefing including the use of safety equipment carried 
  • Has listened to weather forecasts 
  • Can carry out pre start engine checks 
  • Start the engine 
  • Knows how to check cooling 
  • Knows the fuel range 

2. Can Depart From a Pontoon

  • Understands the use of springs to depart from a lee wall lee wall/pontoon 
  • Can communicate with crew effectively 
  • Has positioned fenders correctly 

3. Do a 360° Turn in a Confined Space

4. Secure to a Mooring Buoy

• Communicate effectively with crew 
• Prepare warp 
• Choose correct angle of approach 
• Control speed of approach 
• Secure boat effectively 
• Depart from the mooring safely

5. Man Overboard

  • Observe MOB or instruct crew to do so 
  • Demonstrate correct direction and speed of approach 
  • Make suitable contact with MOB 

6. Planing Speed Manoeuvres (If Appropriate) 

[if appropriate] 
  • Use of kill-cord as appropriate 
  • Choose a suitable area 
  • Show awareness of other water users 
  • Warn crew before each manoeuvre 
  • Look around before S and U turns 
  • Control speed on U turns 

7. Coming Alongside Windward Pontoon

[if appropriate] 
  • Use of kill-cord as appropriate 
  • Choose a suitable area 
  • Show awareness of other water users 
  • Warn crew before each manoeuvre 
  • Look around before S and U turns 
  • Control speed on U turns 

Leisure and RYA Training Course we offer

  • RYA Powerboat

    Boat Licence - The International Certificate of Competence, ICC, Boat License & CEVNI
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    RYA Powerboat Level 1

    A one day course that is introductory level to Powerboating - This is suitable for Children.
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    RYA Powerboat Level 2

    Designed for people wanting to acquire safe small boat operation skills during daylight hours on both coastal and inland waters.
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    RYA Intermediate Powerboat

    Pilotage, passage planning, and advanced boat handling in daylight hours on coastal waters, using both traditional and electronic navigation methods.
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  • RYA Advanced Powerboat

    Advanced standards required to drive a powerboat safely by day and by night, in tidal coastal waters with which the candidate can be familiar with.
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    Boat Licence

    The ICC - referred to as your "boat licence," is a crucial certificate to acquire before venturing to the European mainland.
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    ICC Powerboat Under 10m

    Power Boat License for Boats Under 10 Metres Including Jetskis/PWC's
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    ICC Powerboat Over 10m

    Using a boat over 10m in length, especially abroad, you will likely need the Power Over 10 Metre  (ICC).
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  • PWC (Jetski) - Personal Water Craft

    A 1 day PWC course consists of classroom theory and water-based practical tuition.
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    Shore Based Courses

    Includes VHF Radio operation, enhanced navigation, casualty care, or personalised one-on-one instruction.
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    VHF Radio

    This is legal requirement for anyone who operates a VHF radio at sea or on the shore.
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    RYA First Aid

    The RYA First Aid course is predominately aimed at the maritime sector.
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  • RYA Sea Survival

    RYA Sea Survival Training is recognised in industry and is essential for anyone travelling on the sea.
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    RYA Tender Operator

    The 2-day RYA Tender Operator Course enhances a candidate's powerboating skills and expertise.
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    Sailing Courses

    These courses are suitable for those with little or no experience, who prefer sailing to powerboating.
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