The Direct Assessment pathway for RYA Powerboat Level 2 or ICC applications is suitable for candidates with significant experience of driving powerboats on tidal waters. This assessment is only suitable for those who are already comfortable handling a powerboat on tidal/coastal waters, with a good grasp of background knowledge.

If you require additional tuition to reach the required standard, please either contact us to arrange private tuition, or book onto one of our scheduled RYA courses at

Direct Assessment format:

Assessment Outcomes

At the end of the assessment, candidates will be told if they have met the required standard for issue of an RYA Level 2 powerboat certificate or ICC application, with one of the following outcomes:

  • Pass – you have met all of the relevant syllabus requirements
  • Action Plan – there are some area(s) which do not currently meet the required standard

If you receive an action plan, you will be advised on the level of training you may require before attending a re-assessment. You will only need to demonstrate competence in the area(s) which did not meet the syllabus standard during your first assessment.

If you fail to demonstrate sufficient competence across multiple areas of the syllabus, you may be advised to attend a full training course rather than applying for re-assessment.

International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft

The International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft (ICC) is intended to provide evidence of competence when requested by officials in foreign countries – and is often required when chartering a boat abroad. It is issued by the RYA in the United Kingdom to British Nationals and UK Residents (of any nationality), aged 16 or older.

The RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate can be used as evidence of competency for an ICC application, for the category of Powered craft (up to 10m) in Coastal waters. (For inland waterways in Europe, see the CEVNI section below)

It’s easiest to apply for the ICC online – via the RYA website:

ICC applications are currently priced at £47 (March 2022) which is payable direct to the RYA – or, free for RYA Members.


If you require the inland category to be validated on your ICC (this is required for use of inland waterways – rivers, canal systems and lakes in Europe), you will need to complete a CEVNI theory test. For full details, supporting materials/resources, and test bookings, please visit:

Successful candidates will be issued with a laminated RYA photocard certificate.

RYA Members can additionally apply for a free presentation certificate. For more info, see the RYA’s website: 

Booking form

Please ensure you have thoroughly read the guidance above, before completing the following form to express interest in booking an RYA/ICC direct assessment: