Frequently Asked Questions
Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Alabama Boating students most frequently ask.
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Price and Payment
How much does the Alabama Boat Ed Course cost?
The Alabama Boat Ed Course fee is $34.95.
How does the auto-extension feature work?
Alabama Boat Ed Course is valid for only 90 days from the time of registration and payment. If you are not able to complete this course within 90 days, the course will be automatically renewed for another 30 days. Your credit card will be charged $10 for each renewal. You can turn off the auto-extension feature at any time. Just uncheck the box beside "Automatically renew my course" available on your Profile page or Payment page.
Is it safe to enter my credit card information online?
You can enter your credit card information online with confidence on our secure server. This charge will appear on your credit card statement as “Safety Courses 18008302268.”
Taking the Course
Do you need Alabama Boating education?
You need education if you are at least 12 years old.
What is the minimum age to take this online course?
There is no minimum age requirement to take this online course.
Are there any age or operator restrictions for boating in Alabama?
Do I have to be a resident to take the Alabama Boat Ed Course?
You do not have to be a resident of Alabama to take this online course.
How long will it take to complete the course?
Typically it takes about 3 hours to go through the online course, excluding any quizzes and/or exams and re-studying that you may choose to do.
Do I have to complete the course all at once?
You may complete the course at your own pace. The course can be completed in one sitting or completed a little at a time over several days. All pay-up-front courses are available for 90 days from time of registration and payment.
Course Approval and Acceptance
Is the Alabama Boat Ed Course approved by the ALEA Marine Police Division?
The Alabama Boat Ed Course is approved and accepted by the ALEA Marine Police Division.
Is my Alabama Boating Course Certificate of Completion accepted elsewhere?
For visiting boaters, all states, territories, and provinces will recognize boating education cards that meet NASBLA requirements and Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Cards that meet Transport Canada’s requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”)
Quizzes and/or Exams
I failed a unit quiz. Have I failed the course?
If you fail a unit quiz, you must restudy the unit and take the quiz again until you pass. You must score at least 70% on the unit quizzes to pass.
Do I have to take an online exam?
The Boating License Certification Exam is the exam you take at the end of the online course. You must score at least 80% on the exam to pass. You have unlimited attempts to pass the exam. If you don’t complete the exam in one session, don’t worry. When you log in later, you will be taken to the first unanswered question of the exam.
How do I get my Alabama Boating Course Certificate of Completion?
1. Study and pass the online course.
Study and pass the $34.95 course. Throughout the Alabama Boat Ed Course, you’ll be tested on what you’ve learned.
2. Print your Proof of Home Study Voucher.
After successfully completing the online course, you’ll be able to immediately print out your Proof of Home Study Voucher.
3. Get your Alabama Boating Course Certificate of Completion.
You’ll be mailed your permanent Alabama Boating Course Certificate of Completion within 2-3 weeks by the ALEA Marine Police Division.
Is there anything else I must do to be certified?
After receiving your Alabama Boating Course Certificate of Completion by mail, bring it with you to an ALEA License Examining Office where you will complete an application, pay the boating license application fees, and take an eye exam.
Additional information can be obtained at www.outdooralabama.com or by contacting the ALEA Marine Police Division, Operator Certification Section at 334-517-2950.
About Your Certification
What is the proof of online course completion?
Once you pass and pay for the online course, you will be able to immediately print out the Proof of Home Study Voucher. This is your proof of online course completion. You can print the Proof of Home Study Voucher right then, and/or request that a PDF be emailed to you. This certificate EXPIRES 365 days after course completion.
What is the permanent Alabama Boating Course Certificate of Completion?
The Alabama Boating Course Certificate of Completion is proof that you have successfully completed all the education requirements. The Alabama Boating Course Certificate of Completion will arrive within 2-3 weeks after you complete all certification requirements.
Replacement of Lost or Damaged Documents
How do I replace my online course completion document if I’ve lost it or it has been damaged?
To replace a lost or destroyed proof of course completion document, log in to the course and print a new one.
How do I replace my Alabama Boating Course Certificate of Completion if I’ve lost it or it has been damaged?
If your card was lost, stolen, destroyed, or if your legal name has been changed, you may apply for a replacement card for a $5 fee.
Send a written request* and your $5 fee (payable by cash, certified check, or money order) to: ALEA Marine Police Division Attn: Education Section P.O. Box 304115 Montgomery, AL 36130
*In the written request please include:
- Social Security # or birthdate
- Date of class (if known; approximate year of class if date not known)
- Location of class
- Your mailing address
You may contact Jennifer Ames with the Alabama Marine Police at [email protected], 334-517-2938, or 1-800-272-7930, or Lisa Miles at [email protected], 334-517-2942, or 1-800-272-7930 with questions on certificates or to verify information in certification database.
What are the minimum system requirements to access this course?
- A computer or mobile device with Internet access
- A soundcard and speakers or headphones
- A printer to print your course completion document
Can I access the course on my mobile device?
This course is designed to work on any mobile device, such as iPhones, iPads, and Android phones and tablets, as well as your computer.
Username and Password
Where do I change my user information?
If you need to update your profile information or change your password, click on your username in the navigation bar at the top of the web page in the course. Re-submit your revised information using the form provided.
How do I reset my password?
If you forget your password, you can reset it from the Forgot Your Password page. You will need to enter your username and the email from your profile, and an email containing the link to reset your password will be sent. There is also a link to the Forgot Your Password? page on the Log In page for your convenience.
Will I lose everything if I log out?
When you log out, your progress is recorded so that when you log in again, you can pick up where you left off. When logging back in, you will be taken to the Course Contents page where you can see the progress you have made. You can click on a link for the last page viewed to go back to that part of the course.
How many times may I log in and out?
You may log in and out as many times as you wish. Your progress is monitored and saved.
What’s required to play the videos in the course?
Our course videos should play in all browsers. If a video is not showing up, your browser may require Adobe Flash to play them. You can download the Flash plugin for your browser at Adobe’s site.
If you are still having trouble, you might be able to find help at Vimeo’s FAQs. (Vimeo is the video player used in the course.)
What does the message “Your session has expired due to inactivity” mean?
If you have not been active within the course for more than 15 minutes, you will automatically be logged out of your session. A notice stating, “Your session has expired due to inactivity” will appear at the top of the course. Log back in, and you can continue interacting with the course. Your progress will have been recorded, and you should be able to continue where you left off in the course.
What happens if I get disconnected from the Internet?
If you are disconnected from the Internet, simply log back in and pick up where you left off. Your progress will be saved.
How can I contact customer support, if I have a question that isn’t covered here?
You may call us at 1-800-830-2268 to speak with a customer service representative, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to midnight CST and Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST.