ICC Standards for Knowledge


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