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ASA is proud to offer the first International Proficiency Certificate (IPC) for sailors available in the United States. This certificate is mandatory when chartering in most European / Mediterranean waters. It serves as proof of bareboat charter competency for Mediterranean chartering companies, many of whom require the proficiency information displayed in a different format than the ASA Log Book.

IPC Requirements

1. Must be certified in at least the ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Sailing, 103 Basic Coastal Cruising, and 104 Bareboat Cruising
2. Must have a current ASA Membership or Instructor Membership*

If you do not have a membership or your membership has expired, a 1-year ASA Membership with 20% off will be automatically added to your cart at checkout by clicking ‘No’ when asked if you are a current member.

INSTRUCTORS are not eligible for the 20% discounted membership. If you are an instructor and need to renew, you may do so online through the membership portal: https://members.asa.com/.

Is it required?

ASA strongly recommends you apply for an International Proficiency Certificate if you are chartering in the Mediterranean as well as the inland waterways of Europe and northern Europe.

Who can get one?

Only sailors who have been certified through ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising and are active ASA Members can get the International Proficiency Certificate. The IPC is valid for 5 years from date of issue.

ASA Membership

All sailors applying for an IPC today are also eligible to save 20% on a 1-year ASA Membership. So join or renew today and take advantage of all the benefits of being a member of ASA.

That is a question that charter companies will ask when deciding whether or not to put you in charge of your own vessel. In the Caribbean, charter companies will often use your ASA logbook, certifications, and sailing resume as evidence of your sailing experience. In Europe, the situation is a bit different and you will most likely need an International Proficiency Certificate (IPC) to charter your own boat.

International Proficiency Certificate Application

This certificate is mandatory when chartering in most European / Mediterranean waters. It serves as proof of bareboat charter competency for Mediterranean chartering companies, many of whom require the proficiency information displayed in a different format than the ASA Log Book.