United Nations Resolution 40 ICC Standards for Knowledge
For the issue of an international certificate the applicant must:
- have reached the age of 16;
- be physically and mentally fit to operate a pleasure craft, and in particular, must have sufficient powers of vision and hearing;
- have successfully passed an examination to prove the necessary competence for pleasure craft operation.
The applicant has to prove in an examination:
- sufficient knowledge of the regulations concerning pleasure craft operation and nautical and technical knowledge required for safe navigation on inland waters and/or coastal waters; and
- the ability to apply this knowledge in practice.
This examination shall be held with regard to the zones of navigation (i.e. inland waters and/or coastal waters) and must include at least the following specific subjects:
Sufficient knowledge of the relevant regulations and nautical publications:
- Traffic regulations applicable on inland waters, in particular CEVNI (European Code for Inland Waterways), and/or in coastal waters, in particular the Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, including aids to navigation (marking and buoyage of waterways).
Ability to apply the nautical and technical knowledge in practice:
- general knowledge of craft, use and carriage of safety equipment and serviceability of the engine/sails;
- operating the craft and understanding the influence of wind, current, interaction and limited keel clearance;
- conduct during meeting and overtaking other vessels;
- anchoring and mooring under all conditions;
- manoeuvring in locks and ports;
- general knowledge of weather conditions;
- general knowledge of navigation, in particular establishing a position and deciding a safe course.
Conduct under special circumstances:
- principles of accident prevention (e.g. man over board manoeuvre);
- action in case of collisions, engine failure and running aground, including the sealing of a leak, assistance in cases of emergency;
- use of lifesaving devices and equipment;
- fire prevention and fire fighting;
- avoiding water pollution