International Certificate of Competence

International Certificate of Competence in Bulgaria issues the Bulgarian maritime administration as Skipper certificate of 40 GT. In very general terms an International Certificate of Competence is required for the inland waterways of Europe and for inland and coastal waters of Mediterranean countries. For the coastal waters of Northern Europe the Skipper Certificate is generally not required, however to all of these generalisations there are exceptions.

An International Certificate of Competence (ICC) is a Skipper Certificate, which may be issued to anyone who has successfully completed certain national boating licenses or has passed an examination to prove the necessary competence for pleasure craft operation.

International Certificate of Competence

Bulgarian Certificate of Competence

The International Certificate of Competence of Bulgaria as well (or to give it its full title International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft) is a certificate which is intended to provide evidence of competence when requested by officials in foreign countries. It is sometimes known as the Skipper Certificate.

The regulations for pleasure craft can vary considerably from one country to another and the regime for skipper training and licencing can be equally disparate; the ICC helps to overcome the difficulties these differences can cause.

Skipper certificate

Although acceptance of the International Certificate of Competence by the visited country should be because the visited country itself has adopted Resolution 40, the ICC is sometimes recognised as an acceptable certificate in the visited country’s national legislation and is quite often accepted on a purely informal basis. Greece, Spain and Portugal, for example, have not adopted Resolution 40 but are still likely to ask visitors for an ICC.

Resolution 40

Resolution 40 not only included operators of pleasure craft bound for or on the inland and coastal waters of foreign states but specifically included bareboat charter vessels. Significantly, it also set out the nautical, regulatory and technical competency requirements to be achieved and a minimum age (16 years of age) for the issue of an ICC irrespective of individual national schemes.

Skipper courses

  • ISSA Day Skipper Theory Online Course takes your theory skills to the level needed to attain for the ICC and is the level demanded by most charter companies.
  • If you are cruising the waters of another country, under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, that country is quite within its rights to ask you to comply with its applicable legislation, rules and regulations. This may include, for example, requiring the skipper to prove his or her competence for that role; carriage of local publications or regulations is also often stipulated.

ISSA Day Skipper Course Content

  • The Magnetic Compass
  • Position, Course and Speed
  • Tide
  • Buoyage
  • GPS & Electronic Aids to Navigation
  • Navigation Drawing Instruments
  • Charts
  • Meteorology
  • Safety at Sea
  • Navigation in Restricted Visibility
  • Passage Planning
  • Anchoring
  • Visual Aids To Navigation
  • Position Fix
  • and more.

Am I required to have an ICC when chartering in Europe?

Not every country requires you to have an ICC. However, most charter companies will not charter a boat to you without an ICC, or an equivalent certificate. Since it isn’t easy for a US based sailor to obtain an ICC, the ASA has an agreement with Mediterranean charter companies to provide a certification similar to the ICC called the International Proficiency Certificate (IPC).

During the course you will practice and cover all aspects of the International Certificate of Competence syllabus however there is a limit in what we can achieve in 2 days and so you should be experienced in basic boat & sail handling with an understanding of navigation before embarking on the course.  Please Note: Holders of an Bulgarian Certificate of 4o GB or above can apply for the ICC directly to the Bulgarian Maritime administration with further tests.  Please allow 21 days for issue of certificate. A fast track service is available for an additional fee.