Get Your Alberta Boat License

Get your Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) in Alberta today with the Transport Canada-approved boating safety course and online exam from the National Boating Safety School. Your Alberta boating license is valid across Canada so you can start enjoying the waters anywhere!

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Alberta boat license in 3 simple steps

Our boating safety course for Albertans offers interactive videos and quizzes to help you prepare for the boat exam from the convenience of your own home. It’s simple to get your boat license in Alberta – just sign up, review the materials and take the official boating test on a computer, laptop or mobile device. And you can retake the PCOC exam without cost as often as you want. We guarantee you’ll be satisfied!

Step 1: Study the boating course

Gain the knowledge to obtain your Alberta boat license with our interactive quizzes and videos. Learn all you need to pass your online exam.

Step 2: Take the official boat exam

Take the official boating exam from Transport Canada with unlimited retries after studying the course material.

Step 3: Get your Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)

While you await your Transport Canada-approved Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC), you can start boating in Alberta with your temporary license in the interim.

Do you need a boat license in Alberta?

Yes! In Alberta, Canadian law mandates that operators of motorized boats possess a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, commonly known as an Alberta boating license.

Transport Canada-approved Alberta boating course

The National Boating Safety School is Canada’s top provider of boating safety education, offering the official Transport Canada-approved boating exam. Our boating safety course is trusted by over 2 million Canadians and recognized in all provinces, including Alberta.

FAQ about the Alberta boat license

Boating safety courses provide essential knowledge and skills necessary to protect both you and your passengers while out on the water. With our safety course, you’ll learn the Canadian boating laws and regulations, the essential navigation rules and what to do in the event of a boating accident.

Are you interested in getting a boating license in Alberta? Here, we answer some common questions about boating licenses in Alberta.

How do I get a boat license in BC?

Obtaining an Alberta boat license, officially known as a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC), has never been easier! With the help of the National Boating Safety School – a Transport Canada-approved provider – you can now obtain your PCOC online in just a few simple steps. Register for the course, study our interactive course materials and pass the test – with free unlimited retries – to get your PCOC in no time. Start your journey to boating safety today!

How much does an Alberta boat license cost?

Once you’ve registered, you can take the official Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Card exam for your Alberta boat license for a one-time fee of just $59.95 CAD. With our boating safety course, you can take the exam with unlimited retries for no extra cost.

National Boating Safety School offers group and family discounts, so you can bring your entire family along for a fun and educational experience:

  • 2 People: $49.95 per license
  • 3 People: $44.95 per license
  • 4 People: $34.95 per license

How long does it take to get a boat license in Alberta?

Our Boater Safety Course can be completed in as little as 3-5 hours, allowing you to obtain a Temporary Pleasure Craft Operator Card and begin boating legally in Alberta right away. Your permanent Pleasure Craft Operator Card will be sent to you by mail within a few weeks. 

Do boating licenses expire in Alberta?

Pleasure Craft Operator Cards issued or updated since 2010 are valid for a period of 10 years. Once this time has elapsed, it is necessary to renew your license in Alberta. If you have any changes to your name, address or pleasure craft details after having obtained a boat license, you must update your license accordingly.

How difficult is the Alberta boat exam?

Obtaining your Alberta boating license has never been easier! With our streamlined process, you can quickly and easily get your boating license and enjoy the open waters of Alberta in no time. 

After studying the course modules, it’s time to take the official boating exam! This 50-question exam can be completed online in 30 days or less. To successfully pass the Transport Canada Boating Safety Test, you must achieve a score of at least 75%. If you fail the test on your first attempt, you may retake it after 24 hours.

Passing the boating test will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to enjoy boating safely and responsibly.

What is the age requirement for a boat license in Alberta?

Boaters of all ages, including those under 16, are required to have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card in order to operate a vessel in Alberta. Although there is no minimum age requirement, boaters 16 years of age and under are subject to certain restrictions. Ensure you have the proper documentation and safety equipment before heading out on the water.

How do I replace a lost or stolen boat license in Alberta?

In Alberta, you can easily obtain a replacement Pleasure Craft Operator Card online through an official provider such as the National Boating Safety School for the following fees:

  • 1 card – $24.95 + taxes & shipping
  • 2 cards (same name) – $29.95 + taxes & shipping
  • 3 cards (same name) – $34.95 + taxes & shipping

Can the Alberta boat exam be taken on any device?

Yes! The National Boating Safety School course is now available on any device – including desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones – for your convenience. Get access to the course and all its great features wherever you are, anytime you want.

Are there any additional resources for the Alberta boat license?

Please visit the National Boating Safety School blog section for more tips and information about boating safety in Canada.

Get your Pleasure Craft Operator Card in Alberta

The National Boating Safety School is the trusted source for over 2 million Canadian boaters who have obtained their Pleasure Craft Operator Card. Our easy-to-follow boating course ensures you can get your official license in just a few hours – register today and get on the water with confidence!

Get your card today