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You are looking at a preview of what’s in the timed North Carolina Boat Ed Course. Feel free to look around, but you’ll need to register to begin progress toward getting your North Carolina Boater Education Certificate.

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A person born on or after January 1, 1988, may operate a vessel with a motor of 10 horsepower or greater on North Carolina waters only if he or she:

  • Completes or passes a boating safety course that is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and accepted by the Wildlife Resources Commission or…
  • Has proof of other boating safety education in compliance with state laws (G.S. 75A-16.2).

Anyone operating a vessel with a motor of 10 horsepower or more who is required to have boating safety education must:

  • Carry on board his or her boater education certification card or other proof of compliance and…
  • Make the card or other proof available upon request by an enforcement officer.