Online Canada Boating Exam

The National Boating Safety School offers an easy 3-step process to study for the official Transport Canada boating exam and take the online boat license test for your Pleasure Craft Operator Card.

Boat license test for the Pleasure Craft Operator Card

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

Take your boating exam online and get your Canada boat license today.

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Online boating course registration fees

A standard one-time fee of $49.95 plus taxes applies when you register for the pleasure craft license.

This includes the issuance of a temporary Canadian boating license (upon successful completion of the test) and a permanent Pleasure Craft Operator Card that will be mailed to you. If you do not pass the boating exam the first time, you are allowed retries at no extra cost.

Want to find out if this boating course study method is the right one for you? You can go through the first chapter for free! You can decide to continue with the online boating course or if you decide it’s not right for you, 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 Canadian boat license is easy with our 3-step process!

Complete the application form

Fill out the boat license test application form

Complete the application form. Make sure the information is correct and up to date. 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 an email confirming your payment and you will be able to begin the boating course.

Study each chapter and complete the quizzes

Study each chapter and complete the quizzes

The Canadian boat license 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 10 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. Registration is valid for a year and you can study worry-free at your own pace and according to your availabilities.

Take the final exam with Transport Canada

Take the online boat 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 boating exam. This exam is administered by Transport Canada. It consists of a 50 question, multiple-choice boat license test. 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. If you do not succeed on the first try you will be able to take the exam again after a 24 hour period. If the test is failed a second time, you will be prompted to begin studying the material from chapter 1.


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