About the Study Guide

This Online Study Guide has been approved by Transport Canada strictly on the basis that it meets the requirements of the Standard for Pleasure Craft Operator Card Testing over the Internet (TP 15080E) and the Boating Safety Course and Test Syllabus (TP 14932E). This approval does not represent confirmation of authorship by the course provider. Feel free to look around, but you’ll need to register to begin progress toward getting your Pleasure Craft Operator Card

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In addition to meeting the age and horsepower restrictions, operators also must meet these proof of competency requirements from the Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations.

All persons who operate a pleasure craft must carry proof of competency on board if the pleasure craft has any type of motor, including an electric trolling motor, and is used for recreational purposes. The only exception is persons operating a pleasure craft in the Northwest Territories or Nunavut.

Proof of competency shows that you have at least the basic level of boating knowledge that is necessary to operate a pleasure craft safely.

Proof of competency can be:

  • A Pleasure Craft Operator Card that you receive after passing a boating safety course approved by Transport Canada or…
  • Proof that you passed a boating safety course in Canada before April 1, 1999, or…
  • A certificate from the List of Certificates approved by Transport Canada or…
  • A completed safety checklist for a rented boat—good only while the boat is rented.
Pleasure Craft Operator Card