Who needs a Pleasure Craft Operator Card?

All boats with engines

Regardless of boat length or engine horsepower, all motorized boat operators in Canada are required by law to have a boating license (PCOC).

Boat operators of all ages

All motorized boat operators in Canada, regardless of age are required by law to have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card.

Have more questions? Read our complete list of Frequently Asked Questions

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Comprehensive Training

Study and take the final test online. Unlimited retries to pass the final test. Bonus lessons on trailering, docking and locks included!

85 Years of Experience

Unparalleled knowledge. We deliver safe boating through comprehensive education and training.

Valid in the U.S.

Only Canadian course that is NASBLA approved and officially recognized by the US Coast Guard.

Get your license today — it’s good for life! And there are no annual fees.

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Prefer to learn in an instructor led class? We offer boating courses nationally. Visit our Course Catalogue

Explore the course

View a Sample Chapter

The online course puts you in control. Explore our free sample chapter and get a feel for the course and its material. The full course is made up of 5 chapters — each with Open Book Quizzes.

Each lesson is illustrated and narrated — helping maximize comprehension and making sure you understand the lessons. Great for all ages !

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  • Study Online with Open Book Quizes

    Each lesson is illustrated and narrated. Key Learning Points are highlighted. Pass the chapter quiz before proceeding.

  • Pass, Print and Go

    Unlimited free retries of the Official Transport Canada Exam. Print a temporary card.

  • Go Boating !

    You are ready to go! We’ll deliver your permanent card via mail.

Benefits of Getting Licensed with CanBoat

85 Years of Expertise

We have focused on providing safe boating in Canada for over 85 years


Take the PCOC exam online or in a classroom setting

Membership Discount

First Year Preferred Rate on CanBoat Membership

Valid in U.S

Only Canadian PCOC course provider accredited in the USA
Prefer to get licensed in a classroom setting?

We offer PCOC courses nationally. Find a location near you. Visit our Course Catalogue

For login help email: ithelp@cps-ecp.ca or call CanBoat National Office toll free: 1-888-277-2628 ext 2172