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Official Virginia Boating Certificate Online

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Take this Virginia–approved online boating course to complete your boaters safety education. Boat-ed.com is a delegated provider for the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.

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Do you need to take a boaters safety course to get a Virginia boating certificate?

All PWC operators age 14 and older and all motorboat operators of 10 hp or greater regardless of age need to take a boating safety course.

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How to Get your Boating Certificate in 4 Easy Steps

Step 1

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est. 2–3 mins

Sign Up

Getting started is easy, simply sign up for a Boat Ed student account, pay for the official, state-approved course, and visit your student dashboard.

Step 2

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est. 3–4 hrs

Study & Pass at Your Own Pace

Take the course on any desktop, tablet or mobile device, and don't worry about completing everything in one sitting. We save your progress after each lesson!

Step 3

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est. 1–5 mins

Print Your Temporary Certificate Immediately

After successfully passing the final exam, you're able to print a temporary boating certificate and go boating right away!

Step 4

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Get on the Water!

That's it! You're ready to confidently and legally drive a boat. Also you'll now have access to exclusive offers on additional courses and products!

Do you need a Boating Certificate in Virginia?

Virginia law requires all motorized watercraft operators to pass a boater safety course and to carry a boater education card, known as the Boater Education Certificate. This card (often referred to as "Virginia boating certification" or "Virginia Boater Education Card") is proof that you have successfully completed all state-mandated boater education requirements.

Vessel operators who are required to have the Boater Education Certificate must carry their card on board the vessel and have it available for inspection by enforcement officers.

Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources Requirements

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

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

What to Expect From the Boaters Safety Course

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 Virginia boaters Safety Course

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

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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.

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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.

Virginia Approved Boating Certificate

Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources
7870 Villa Park Drive, PO Box 90778 Henrico, VA 23228

Made in the U.S.A.

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

Is it the Boating safety license?

Boating safety education certification is not the same thing as a Boating license. What you really need is the Boater Education Certificate. You can get the Boater Education Certificate by taking this boat safety course at boat-ed.com. Find out if you need the card.

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Virginia Boating FAQs

Price and Payment

How much does the Virginia Boat Ed Course cost?

The Virginia Boat Ed Course fee is $39.95.

Taking the Course

Are there any age or operator restrictions for boating in Virginia?

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.

What is the minimum age to take this online course?

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

Do I have to be a resident to take the Virginia Boat Ed Course?

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

Course Approval and Acceptance

Is the Virginia Boat Ed Course approved by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources?

The Virginia Boat Ed Course is approved and accepted by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.

Is my Virginia Boater Education Certificate 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 90% on the unit quizzes to pass.

Do I have to take an online exam?

You do not have to take an exam. You have successfully completed the online course once you have passed the unit quizzes.

About Your Certification

What is the proof of online Virginia Boat Ed Course completion?

Once you pass and pay for the online course, you will be able to immediately print out the Temporary Boater Education Certificate. This is your proof of online course completion. You can print the Temporary Boater Education Certificate right then, and/or request that a PDF be emailed to you. This certificate EXPIRES 90 days after course completion.

What is the permanent Virginia Boater Education Certificate?

The Boater Education Certificate is proof that you have successfully completed all the education requirements. The Boater Education Certificate will arrive within 3-4 weeks after you complete all certification requirements.

Replacement of Lost or Damaged Documents

How do I replace my Boater Education Certificate if I’ve lost it or it has been damaged?

To replace a lost, destroyed, or damaged Boater Education Certificate, go to https://ilostmycard.com/.

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