Boat License Canada

Boat License Canada


How It Works


Take The Boating Course Online

Complete the online course. The course presents the material in a flexible and easy-to-understand manner. The material is organized into five chapters, with a 10 question quiz at the end of each chapter. You must achieve a passing grade of 80% before proceeding to the next chapter.


Pass The Official Test

The test consists of multiple-choice questions and a pass mark of 75% is needed.

Unlimited test retries included.

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Print Your Certificate

Your temporary boating certificate can be immediately downloaded and printed, so you can go boating today! Your permanent physical PCOC will be mailed to you.

What is a Pleasure Craft Operator Card?

In order to legally operate a motorized pleasure craft in Canada, you must be able to provide proof of competency. Unless you have completed a boating safety course in Canada prior to April 1, 1999, obtained a specified marine safety certificate issued to professional mariners, or have an applicable Rental Boat Safety Checklist, a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) is required as proof of competency.

Boating Safety Tips

  • Take a boater safety course to get your Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC).

  • Consider a free Pleasure Craft Courtesy Check (PCCC). This is provided free by the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron (CPS-ECP) in partnership with The Office of Boating Safety.

  • Wear a proper life jacket

  • Learn to swim

  • Follow proper anchoring techniques

  • Do not overload the boat with passengers or equipment

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