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Pleasure Craft Operator Card accepted in all provinces

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Canada Pleasure Craft Operator Card

Who needs a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) in Ontario?

Anyone operating a motorized pleasure craft in Ontario is required to obtain proof of education from a Transport Canada-approved course.

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Shouldn't you be tested the same way? We think so. We illustrate every one of our quiz questions to help you get your boating licence.

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Engaging videos® takes you out of the textbook and into the captain's seat.

Our course features tons of dynamic content, including hundreds of interactive and narrated animations. That means you aren't just reading your boating exam, you're listening, watching and engaging — which means you'll learn more, be a smarter boater and have more fun.

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It doesn't get much better than boating in Ontario. From wakeboarding in Muskoka to powerboating and sailing in Gananoque, and from pleasure boating at the cottage to angling in Northern Ontario, this province's majestic Great Lakes, rivers, and streams too numerous to count keep boaters coming back to Ontario.

Before you head out to experience the variety and beauty of Ontario's waterways, make sure you have your Pleasure Craft Operator Card onboard.

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Canada Frequently Asked Boating Questions

Below are some common questions about safe boating rules & regulations.


What is the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)?


The PCOC is proof of competency that shows boaters understand how to operate a boat safely. This is achieved through taking the boater safety course online or in person and passing the final exam.


Do I need to have a drivers license to get a Pleasure Craft Operators Card?


No, a driver's license is not required to operate a watercraft. You do require your Pleasure Craft Operator Card on board with you while operating a powered watercraft.


What is proof of operator competency in Canada?


Proof of operator competency can take one of three forms:

  1. A Pleasure Craft Operator Card;
  2. Proof of having successfully completed a boating safety course in Canada prior to April 1, 1999; or,
  3. A completed rental-boat safety checklist.

A Pleasure Craft Operator Card is issued following the successful completion of an approved test. This proof of competency is the most common.

If you have taken a boating safety course prior to April 1, 1999, the certificate you obtained is a valid proof of operator competency. However, the certificate must clearly show that the course you took was taken in Canada and prior to April 1, 1999.

If you are renting a pleasure craft fitted with a motor you must complete a rental boat safety checklist. This will be considered your proof of competency and is valid for the duration of the rental period. The rental company will review the checklist with you.


Is the Pleasure Craft Operator Card the same as a Boating Licence?


The PCOC does not expire and therefore is not called a licence. Only a PCOC is required to legally operate a motor-powered boat on Canadian waters.


How long is the Canada Pleasure Craft Operator Card good for?


The Canada Pleasure Craft Operator Card is good for life.


How long will it take for the Pleasure Craft Operator Card to arrive after I’ve passed the exam?


Your permanent Pleasure Craft Operator Card will take between 2-3 weeks to arrive. A Temporary Temporary Pleasure Craft Operator Card can be printed and used while you wait for the permanent card to arrive.


Is the card good for life?


Yes. The Pleasure Craft Operator Card is good for life with no annual fees.


How do I replace my Pleasure Craft Operator Card Card if I’ve lost it or it has been damaged?


You can order a replacement card by clicking Lost your card? in the top menu or by contacting us at 1-866-688-2628 to order another card.


In which province is the Pleasure Craft Operator Card valid?


The card is valid in each province.


Is there a minimum age requirement to receive the Pleasure Craft Operator Card?


There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.


Do I have to be a Canadian resident to get a Pleasure Craft Operator Card?


No. There is no residency requirement for obtaining a Pleasure Craft Operator Card.


How long does the course take?


The course is formatted to be a minimum 3 hours for study time.


What happens if I don't pass the final exam?


If you are unable to pass the final exam on your first attempt, you may retry the exam once again for free in 24 hours. If you are unable to pass the final exam a second time, you will then need to retake the entire online course before retrying the final exam again.

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