Pleasure Craft Operator Card

The Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC – Boating License) is proof that you have successfully completed a safe boating exam. One way to obtain the PCOC is to do the exam online with the National Boating Safety School, one of Canada’s leading course provider accredited by Transport Canada. Once you have your card, it is good for life.

Taking your exam online is an efficient way of getting your PCOC (Boating License).

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Boater Registration Fees

Standard one-time fee of $49.95 plus taxes.

This includes the issuance of a temporary Pleasure Craft Operator Card (upon successful completion of the test) and also a permanent one that will be mailed to you. If you do not succeed, you are allowed retries at no extra cost.

To determine if this study method is the right one for you, there are no fees to go through Chapter one. You can decide to continue with the online study or if you choose not to, you can call us at 1 800 533-1972 to see when the next in-class safe boating course will be given in your area. We offer these courses all across Canada. Simply give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.


Getting your boat license is easy!


Complete the application form

Complete the application form

Complete the application form. Make sure the information is correct and current. This information, i.e. the correct spelling of your name, will be used to mail you your permanent Pleasure Craft Operator Card.

Once your information has been validated, you will receive and email confirming your payment and you will be able to begin the course.

Study each chapter and complete the quizzes

Study each chapter
and complete the quizzes

The study guide includes 5 chapters that are easy to read and understand. These are timed chapters with a minimum total study time of 3 hours. At the end of each chapter, you will have to complete a short ten-question, multiple-choice review quiz. You will be graded automatically and given your score online. You must successfully answer at least 80 % of the questions correctly (8 out of 10) in order to proceed to the next chapter. If you do not succeed, you will have to study the material again. Take note that your registration is valid for a year and you can study at your pace and along your availabilities.

Take the final exam with Transport Canada

Take the final exam
with Transport Canada

Once you have studied all 5 chapters and successfully answered all the chapter review quizzes, you will be prompted to access the final exam. This exam is administered by Transport Canada. It consists of a 50 question, multiple-choice exam. You must obtain a passing grade of 75% (38 out of 50). Your test results will show automatically. Upon successful completion, you will be able to print a temporary card immediately (Boat License). If you do not succeed on the first try you will be able to take the exam again after a 24 hour period. If a second failure occurs you will be prompted to begin studying the material from chapter 1.