RYA (I.C.C.) CEVNI Online Test

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Who Needs This Certificate?

What Is It?

  • For those with an ICC or applying for an ICC who intend to navigate on inland waterways in Europe.
  • Minimum age: 16 
  • Check here that you can apply for an ICC

CEVNI stands for Code Europeen des Voies de Navigation Interieure. It is the code governing navigation on the interconnected European inland waterways. 

Signs, rules and procedures for navigating the European inland waterways are all included within the CEVNI code, and pleasure craft are expected to know and follow the code. 

RYA CEVNI inland waterways eTest ©www.marine-education.co.uk

Why Do I Need It?

Signs, rules and procedures for navigating many of the European inland waterways are all included within the CEVNI and in the same way as pleasure craft on coastal waters are expected to abide by the COLREGS, pleasure craft on many of the inland waterways of Europe, which in places are heavily utilised by commercial traffic, are expected to know the CEVNI, as this is the basis of many of the various countries' own regulations. 

Resolution 40 requires that candidates applying for an ICC with the inland category validated have sufficient knowledge of the traffic regulations applicable on inland waters, in particular the CEVNI. The CEVNI is not covered in any of the RYA’s courses, even those specific to inland waterways, as these regulations are not in use in the UK. It is therefore necessary to have a separate theory test on the CEVNI regulations. 

There is however no separate CEVNI certificate or CEVNI endorsement. Passing the ICC CEVNI test simply allows the Inland category on your ICC to be validated, thereby indicating that you have demonstrated knowledge of the traffic regulations applicable on inland waters, in particular the CEVNI, as required by the Resolution.  

All candidates requiring the inland category validated must pass the ICC CEVNI test irrespective of whether the regulations are in force in the country or on the river, lake or canal where they intend to go boating. 


The duration of your ICC certificate, 5 years from the date of issue. You do not have to re-complete the CEVNI eTest again, you just need to show evidence of completion of the test when you renew your I.C.C. 

What's Involved?

This is an e-test, but an RYA instructor is on hand to provide as much support as you require, predominately via email, but we are also available for call-backs on the phone.  

The test covers but is not limited to:

  • Symbols / Shapes
  • Signals
  • Lights
  • Buoyage
  • Rules
  • Signage

You can complete practice tests after you register, these will allow you to know when you are ready to complete your final test. You are able to do as many practice tests as you wish.

Test Duration

Approximately 20 minutes. 

  • Part 1 = 15 questions on signs & buoyage
  • Part 2 = 15 questions on lights, shapes & sound signals

There is a time limit of 20 seconds for each question which is sufficient if you have studied adequately. 

Maximum of 2 attempts at each Part of the eTest. 

The eTest access will expire after a period of 6 months from sign-up. 


We strongly recommend you complete some pre-reading/study prior to completing your online test, the RYA CEVNI eBook can be purchased from the Amazon by clicking the book images below. 

Book this course

This is an online course so all you need to do is to select 'Book Now' and then pay and we will send your login details and instructions for taking the course. The login will arrive the next business day as we need to manually set you up for this course.


We're always really keen to chat to you when you’re booking a course as whilst we are happy to take bookings through this system for your convenience - nothing beats chatting about boats and courses!


Whilst this is an online course you will be prompted for a date,  just leave the date it gives you as it doesn't matter what date is selected. Select as many spaces as you need and then follow the booking process.

PLEASE NOTE:  When you book this course we need to MANUALLY set you up on the RYA Interactive system. This is the same for ALL RYA schools. We will set you up by close of play the next working day. We apologise for this delay but this is a RYA requirement and not down to us. :)

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What's included?

  • Online Test
  • Practice online tests 
  • Proof of successful completion (as a PDF)
  • Support from one of our RYA instructors


Pls Note: 


  • Once we have received your payment, we will create a login for you at the latest by the end of the next working day and email you the details, as soon as you've received these you can start your course.

Booking Procedure


Simply pay online, we create an online login for you and send you the details. 



CEVNI Test F.A.Q.s

Q. How many practice tests can I take?

A. Unlimited

Q: How many attempts do I have to pass the final test?

A: 2 for each part of the test

All of our online courses are delivered by our parent company - Powerboat Training UK.

Pre-Reading / Supporting Information

You may wish to purchase the RYA European Waterways Regulations 2nd Edition (G17) - it is not a requirement but you may find it useful pre-reading. It is the RYA's official book to support the CEVNI test and expands on the quick reference CEVNI handbook (G106) to give a deeper level of understanding. It is invaluable reading before your test and you can also keep it onboard as a useful reference guide when cruising abroad. The hard copy and eBook versions can be purchased by clicking the links below: 

How It All Works

Once you've recieved a confirmation email from us, click HERE and login with the username & password we provided.

Carry out your online practice tests. 

If you have any questions about the course content, simply email our instructor.

When you're ready, complete your final eTest. On successful completion you will receive a unique number or certificate as proof of completion in order to update/gain your ICC for inland waterways.

After Successful Completion

Once you have completed and passed the CEVNI eTest you can now apply for or renew your I.C.C. directly with the RYA by completing the relevant form below:

More information on the CEVNI eTest can be seen by clicking HERE

APPLY for your first I.C.C.
RYA ICC Form.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 3.1 MB
RYA ICC Renewal Form.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.7 MB

Need Additional Support? Contact Your Instructor


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Useful Downloads

ICC Application form
ICC Form.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 140.0 KB
ICC Renewal form
ICC Renewal Form.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 530.5 KB
CEVNI - European Code For Inland Waterways
Adobe Acrobat Document 10.3 MB

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