Get Your Canada Boating License Online

Take this Transport Canada–approved course to complete your online boating safety education.

Canada Boating safety education card Accepted in all Provinces

Do you need Canada Boating education?

You need education if you will be operating a pleasure craft that has a motor and is used for recreational purposes in Canada. Proof of certification from any NASBLA–approved boating course is acceptable.

Get Your Canada Boating License in 3 Steps.
The official term is Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC), which is good for all provinces.

  1. Study and write the Official Transport Canada Exam.

    The online course is $39.95 CAD and may be completed using a desktop computer, laptop, or mobile device. Upon completion, you’ll take the Transport Canada Boating Safety Test (TCBS Test). You have two attempts to pass the test. If you fail your first attempt, you must wait 24 hours before your second attempt.

  2. Print your Temporary Boating License.

    Once you successfully pass the TCBS test, you will print the online course completion document. This document will act as temporary boating license for all Canadian provinces.

  3. Get your Pleasure Craft Operator Card.

    You will receive your Pleasure Craft Operator Card (in the mail in 2–3 weeks. The Canada PCOC is recognized in all Canadian provinces.

Transport Canada Requirements

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

You do not have to be a resident of Canada to take this online course.

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What to Expect From Boat Ed

The Canada Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)

You Must Carry the Card

Pleasure craft operators who are required to have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) must carry the card on board the vessel and have it available for inspection by an enforcement officer.

Is the Canada Boating Licence the same as the permanent Pleasure Craft Operator Card?

No. Because the Pleasure Craft Operator Card does not expire and does not need to be renewed, it is not called the Canada Boating Licence.

I do not have a driver’s licence. Can I still get the Pleasure Craft Operator Card?

Yes. You are not required to have a driver’s license in order to obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card.

Live‐Action, High‐Definition Videos

Our course videos feature a combination of professional educators (who double as professional actors), entertaining storylines, and up‐to‐date scenarios that give you one of the most effective ways to learn safe boating practices.

Watch this 54-second sample to see how we put you in the driver’s seat.

Comprehensive Instruction in Canada Boating Safety Education

This official training program is developed to meet the standards for Boating safety education established by Canada. Boat Ed is the only safety course provider that develops print materials on behalf of government agencies responsible for Boating laws and regulations.

Learn Your Way on Any Device

Boat Ed offers online courses that are fully mobile-friendly from start to finish. This safety course is designed to work on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.

Saved Progress

You may complete the course at your own pace. The course can be completed in one sitting or a little at a time over several days. Log in and out at any time, and we'll keep track of your progress. Most students finish the course in a few hours.

We’re people, not robots.

Our customer service team, made up of real people with real Boat Ed experience, is here to provide assistance through all channels—phone, email, and chat.

8:30 a.m. to midnight CST Monday–Friday

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST Saturday & Sunday

Get help seven days a week from professionals like Bill, Diana, Heidi, Laura, Lilibeth, Liz, Marc, Nichole, and Thomas.

1-800-830-2268 (international fees may apply)



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330 Sparks Street
Ottawa, Ontario
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Made in North America

This safety course is proudly made to serve students, agencies, and organizations worldwide.

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Frequently Asked Questions