internationally accepted certification

2-Day ICC Prep & Assessment

The certificate you need if you want to charter a boat overseas.


22 – 23 May 2024



An ICC or International Certificate of Competence is proof of your ability to skipper a boat when chartering in European countries.

Canadians and Americans may obtain the ICC through an RYA Training Centre like Topmast.  This takes the form of an on-the-water assessment.  Successful candidates will receive a certificate from the RYA by mail after registering online via the RYA website.

What happens in the Assessment?

An RYA instructor will spend the day assessing your sailing skills and theoretical abilities (including collision regs) on and off the water. At the end of the day the instructor will either recommend or not recommend you for ICC eligibility.

What do I have to know to pass?

You should already have the practical and theoretical skills up to or higher than the level of RYA Day Skipper, unless you already have a Day skipper in which case the RYA will send you the ICC.  Try our quiz below to get an idea of what to know.

What is the “prep” part of the Assessment?

Not everyone passes, so Topmast added a prep day to give candidates an opportunity to improve their chances of passing the assessment.  It means getting used to the boat and going over the main aspects of the assessment.

What do I have to bring with me?

You will need a pen/pencil, notebook, photo ID, suitable clothing for sailing on the day (a foul weather jacket just in case), water bottle, hat, sunscreen and shoes with non-marking soles.  We provide life-jackets but you may bring your own.

Course Details:

International Certificate of Competence (ICC)




There is parking at the club and in the surrounding area.  Accomodation is NOT available on the boat but there are plenty of B&B’s and hotels in the area.  You may bring a packed lunch or feel free to dine at the KYC clubhouse and enjoy the views.

Fintan Hartnett


Fintan Hartnett
Kingston Yacht Club

Home Port

Kingston Yacht Club
1 Maitland St, Kingston, ON


Registration Details

50% deposit to hold a place on course.  Preferred payment method (Canada): Interac Email Payment. Please use email address:  For payments originating outside Canada please contact us for credit card payments (2.50% surcharge to cover all credit card fees, domestic or International).  Thank you in advance.   Cancellation policy: greater than 6 weeks – full refund (less $150 admin fee). 4-6 weeks 50% refund. Under 4 weeks – No Refund. Topmast reserves the right to cancel any course. Our liability is limited to the course fee. You are advised to arrange cancellation insurance. Make payment PRIOR to the commencement of your course.  If you have any complaints then please forward them to within 72 hours of course completion.


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