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Official Wisconsin Safety Course

Take this Wisconsin–approved course to complete your online safety education.

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pay only when you pass, unlimited exam attempts

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Get boater certified in 3 steps.

  1. 1. Study and pass the online course.

    Study this $10 course to prepare for the required online exam.

  2. 2. Print your Temporary Boating Certificate.

    After successfully completing the online course, you’ll be able to immediately print out your Temporary Boating Certificate.

  3. 3. Get your rental and get on the water!

    With your Temporary Boating Certificate, you can legally rent a boat or PWC anywhere in Wisconsin. Your Temporary Boating Certificate is valid for the end of the calendar year.

    (To get a lifetime Wisconsin Boating Safety Education I.D. Card, you can take the complete and official Wisconsin Boat Ed Course.)

How long does the temporary rental certification last?

After passing this course, your Temporary Boating Certificate is valid until the end of the calendar year.

Wisconsin Frequently Asked Questions

Price and Payment

How much does the Wisconsin Boat Rental Course cost?

The Boat Wisconsin Rental Course fee is $10.

Taking the Course

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.

What is the minimum age to take the Wisconsin Boat Rental Course?

You must be at least 16 years old to take this online course.

Do I have to be a resident to take the Wisconsin Boat Rental Course?

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

Course Approval and Acceptance

Is the Boat Wisconsin Rental Course approved by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources?

The Boat Wisconsin Rental Course is approved and accepted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Quizzes and/or Exams

Do I have to take an online exam?

The Temporary Boating Certification Exam is the exam you take at the end of the online course. You must score at least 80% on the exam to pass. You have unlimited attempts to pass the 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.

About Your Certification

What is the proof of online Boat Wisconsin Rental Course completion?

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

We’re people, not robots.

Your Boat Ed course comes with a dedicated customer service team made up of real people, not robots. We’re here to provide assistance to you through all channels—phone, email, and chat.

We’re available to help you:

9:00am to Midnight EST, seven days a week.
1-800-830-2268 (toll free)