I'm not new to sailing and in fact have been sailing for 45 years and have a masters certificate. Nevertheless, you can't charter in some if not all European countries without ASA certification.
What IS required is an International Proficiency Certificate (IPC).
ASA, NauticED, and US/Sailing, the three sailing authorities in the US, offer some form of certification that is equivalent to the IPC/ICC. In each case you need to pass the equivalent courses, and then apply for an IPC. If you following the ASA curriculum, then that means that you need to pass ASA 101, 103 AND 104. If you are following the US/Sailing curriculum, then you need to pass Basic Keel Boat, Basic Cruising, and Bare Boat Cruising. Once you have completed these courses, then you send an extra ~$80, with a passport sized photo, and they will send you the IPC.
Here are details on each of the programs;
Rather than spend several weeks in classes, with ASA you have the ability to challenge
a course at any level. With ASA, Starting in January of 2016, if you challenge at the ASA 104 level and pass, you will also have earned the 101 and 103 certifications.
So, friends and I want to charter in Greece next year and now I have to get ASA certified. I have the ASA 101 book on the way. ASA also has four online quizzes which I took and only missed a couple of the questions in the four quizzes. The quizzes were pretty easy.
Here's my question. Are the online quizzes in the same format as the actual tests for certification? If you have never seen the quizzes, perhaps you can just tell me the format. In other words are tests multiple choice, essay, write in the answer, true or false, etc. or any variation of these? An ideal situation would be if anyone knows of tests, whether they be online or paper (mail or downloaded), so I can practice. And before you jump to any conclusions, I am not looking for someone to supply me with actual tests. Even if I was prone to cheat, which I am not, what would be the point? I can't see the ASA certification test being all that difficult if it is anything like the quizzes.
The final assessments for ASA 101, 103 and 104 are all multiple choice/matching. Here are what some of the test questions address:
101: Parts of the boat, parts of the sail, reference to the boat, reference to the wind, responsibilities, points of sail, rules of the road, legal requirements for vessels, sound signals, buoy meanings, and crew recovery
103: Parts of the boat, VHF use, safety, buoy meanings, (raster) chart symbols, weather and heavy weather sailing, navigation lights, rules of the road, waste handling and disposal, anchoring, towing, first-aid and knots.
104: traveling internationally, safety, provisioning, on board systems use, VHF use, what to do when things break, crew recovery, docking, anchoring and rafting, heavy weather sailing, navigation lights and sound signals, tides and currents, and navigation with a chart.