Well as I have stated 'I was sold' the ICC as the only certification that would let you charter abroad, that is clearly nonsense. I cannot for the sake of me understand why you need that 'for a rip off fee', when you have already obtained perfectly valid certifications e.g. Dayskipper practical.
I still believe that ANYONE marketing the ICC should state clearly what it does and does not do for you. With respect Stuart, the para regarding the ICC on the ie website does not make it at all clear IMHO. I am sure that you are explaining it clearly to those that come to you for training, but it should be in clear English what it can and cannot do, it should also state that in fact you 'do not need it' if not using a vessel from your own country, 'any' certification is good, as long as the charter company accept it, not deceiving some people as I was into believing it was a legal requirement for charter abroad.
As stated in a reply above it means bugger all, and if not skippering a home registered vessel it is not law, and therefore cannot be a legal requirement, where does anyone explain that? I guess the vaguer it is, the more mugs get one and line the pockets of the issuing authorities with the ridiculous fee, and boost their membership
Let the issuing authorites clearly state that the ICC is 'not a licence' just a certificate of competence, then some bright spark (hopefuly all potential applicants) will say, well I have already paid for a fistful of other certificates e.g. PB1/PB2/Advanced/YM shore based/Dayskipper practical, what the hell do I want another piece of paper for?
Great if that ICC WAS accepted everywhere, but it is not, it is discretion as to whether or not it is accepted, utter twadle IMHO, and you would have as much trust in it as a chocolate prop.
The game is up for this scam now
I guess under the freedom of information act we can request the RYA to produce the figures for the amount of people who joined the RYA as a result of applying for an ICC in the last 5 years