International Yacht Training ICC & IBS certifications


Do you want to sail in International waters?  Make sure you have the appropriate certifications and documentation to sail around the world!

International Yacht Training (IYT) is a global leader in marine certification.  Advantage Boating is an IYT partner school and offers two certifications issued by IYT:


International Certificate of Competency (ICC <24m Sail, <10m Power Coastal certification): The ICC is a certificate confirming that an individual is competent, for operating a pleasure craft, to the level required to meet the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Inland Water Committee (UN-ECE IWC) Resolution 40. This certification is one of the certifications required to charter a sailboat boat <24m or a powerboat <10m in coastal waters in many European and some Caribbean countries.

International Bareboat Skipper (Sail) certification (IBS):  This IYT standard is the equivalent certification to Sail Canada’s Intermediate Cruising Standard.  This certification provides you with the level of competence required when operating vessels:

1. Up to 24 metres
2. In coastal waters up to 20 miles offshore
3. During daylight hours, in fair conditions with moderate wind and sea conditions.

NOTE:  These certifications are not meant for the novice boater  You must hold the Sail Canada Basic Cruising, Sail Canada Intermediate Cruising Standard (or be registered in our Intermediate Cruising course), Basic Coastal Navigation, VHF-DSC Radio License and have logged over 200 miles and 10 days at sea by the end of the course in order to obtain the ICC and International Bareboat Skipper Certificate of Competency.

2024 FEE (includes study materials, written exam and certification upon successful completion)

  • IYT ICC challenge:  Register  
    • COST:  $880 + HST  (written test and afloat challenge)
    • For students who have previously obtained their Intermediate Cruising (skipper) certification with Advantage Boating.
    • 5-6 hours
    • Minimum of 2 students are required to run the course.
  • IYT ICC certification 3-day challenge: Register
    • COST:  $1915 + HST  (per person)
    • For students who have not previously obtained their Intermediate Cruising certification with Advantage Boating.
    • Continuous 3-day / 2-night course in the Kingston/Thousand Islands area.
    • A minimum of 3 students are required to run the course; maximum of 4 students.
    • A semi-private option is available for 2 students on board:  COST = $2575 + HST (per persson)
    • Provisions are not included.
  • IYT ICC  & IBS certifications, Intermediate Cruising add-on: Register
    • COST:  $595 + HST
    • Available only as an add on option to students currently enrolled in our Intermediate Cruising course.

NOTE: Our ICC & IBS ‘challenge course’ is NOT A TEACHING COURSE.  We are simply assessing your skills to the level required for your ICC & IBS certification.  We only recommend a challenge if you already have extensive live-aboard sailing, you hold your Intermediate Cruising, VHF-ROC(M) & DSC and Sail Canada Basic Coastal Navigation certifications, Challenge candidates must have extensive sailing & live-aboard experience and are looking to attain certification to back up their experience.

REGISTER:  Resister here

PREREQUISITE: Sail Canada Intermediate CruisingVHF-ROC(M), Sail Basic Coastal Navigation. Also recommended First Aid and CPR, Physical Requirements. 16 years of age or over (for ICC).  Logged over 200 nautical miles & 10 days at sea (as skipper).

NEXT STEPS: Sail Share, Flotilla Getaways, Bareboat Chartering,CANSail, VHF Radio, Sail Canada Intermediate Coastal Navigation, Sail Canada Celestial Navigation, Sail Canada Advanced Cruising