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 back to topics
How much does this course cost?
The Boat Alabama Course fee is $29.50.
Is it safe to enter my credit card information online?
You can enter your credit card online with confidence on our secure server. This charge will appear on your credit card statement as “Safety Courses 18008302268.”
Taking the Course back to topics
Do you need Alabama Boating education?
You need education if you are at least 12 years old and will be operating a motorized boat in Alabama.
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 online 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.
What is the minimum age to take this online course?
You must be at least 12 years old to take this online course.
Do I have to be a resident to take this online course?
You do not have to be a resident of Alabama to take the online course.
Course Approval and Acceptance back to topics
Is this course approved by Alabama?
This course is approved and accepted by the ALEA Marine Patrol Division.
Is my Alabama Boating Course Certificate of Completion accepted elsewhere?
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.”)
Course Quizzes and/or Exams back to topics
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 Boating License Certification Exam to pass. You have unlimited attempts to pass the Boating License Certification 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.
Getting Certified back to topics
How do I get my Alabama Boating Course Certificate of Completion?
1. Study and pass the online course.
Study and pass the $29.50 course. Throughout the Boat Alabama 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 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 Patrol Division.
Is there anything else I must do to be certified in Alabama?
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 Patrol Division, Operator Certification Section at 334-517-2950.
About Your Certification back to topics
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.
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 back to topics
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 Home Study Voucher, 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: Alabama Marine Police Division Attn: Education Section P.O. Box 304115 Montgomery, AL 36130
*In the written request please include:
- Social Security Number or birthdate
- Date of class (if known; approximate year of class if date not known)
- Location of class
- Your mailing address
You may contact Katrina Fortson 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.
System Requirements back to topics
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 back to topics
Where do I change my username and/or password?
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.
Logging In/Out back to topics
Will I lose everything if I log out of the course?
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.
Video back to topics
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.)
Troubleshooting back to topics
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 while taking the course?
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.
ALEA Marine Patrol Division
Attn: Education Section
PO Box 304115
Montgomery, AL 36130