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The easiest and most comprehensive way to
get your

Alberta Boating License


Study at your own pace - First chapter is free - Free retries
The card is good for life - Special this week $ 42.95 $ 49.95

3 easy steps to get your Alberta boating license 

Étape 1 - Étudiez à votre rythme

Study at your own pace

  • Chapter one is free.
  • Complete and easy-to-read study guide.
  • More than 45 HD videos.
  • Only $ 42.95 (online course, final test and the card included).

Étape 2 - Faites l'examen en ligne

Take the Final test

  • The boating exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions.
  • Open-book final test.
  • Free exam retries - Risk free.
  • Transport Canada's official final test.

Imprimez votre carte

Go boating today!

  • Print your temporary card immediately and start boating now!
  • Your official Pleasure Craft Operator Card will be mailed within 30 days.
  • The card is good for life.

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Online course available 24/7

Online course available 24/7

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Rated 4.7 based on 3631 customers reviews
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so good and easy
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Really great to follow by video and text.
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Need an Alberta boating license?

With over 16,800 square kilometers of lakes, rivers and streams to navigate, Alberta is every pleasure boaters' dream, whether they are novice or experienced motor boat enthusiasts. With shorelines bordering such vast expanses of water as the Saskatchewan River Basin, its largest and second largest lakes, Lake St. Claire and Lesser Slave Lake, or even Lesser Slave River which flows for more than 275km, as well as many smaller waterways which are scattered throughout Alberta, all avid sports fishermen, waterskiers, jet-skiers and hunters will find the adventure they are looking for!

At every turn your motor boat takes while navigating Alberta waters, you will set your eyes on the most spectacular scenery that only the Rocky Mountains and all of Alberta have to offer, but remember, you need your boating license for, amongst others, personal watercraft,motorized boats with any and all types of motors, including boats with electric motors, wakeboard boats, pontoons, houseboats, fishing boats, and boats for waterskiing. Otherwise, you risk a $250 fine. It's the law, in Canada and in Alberta!

Successfully completing our course means that you are certified in all the Canadian provinces and territories including: Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Nunavut, Yukon and Northwest Territories.

Group and Family Discounts

Take advantage of our group discounts for family and friends. Register together and get a discount for the online boating course!

Discount for 2 persons

Discount for 3 persons

Discount for 4 persons

FAQ - Boating in Alberta

How can I replace my lost or broken card?

You can either call us at 1-800-607-2329, or email us at to find out if you got your card through our school ( or Canadian Safe Boating School). If you are sure that we issued your card, just order your new Pleasure Craft Operator Card online.

Should I buy the printed study guide?

You may use the guide as an aid while you study online. You may also consult it while taking the final test (open-book exam). We strongly recommend that you purchase the printed version of our safe boating guide at the same time as the online course and exam. We will mail it to you, shipping included. Order your printed study guide online.

The alberta boating license is required at what age?

There is no minimum age for taking the exam to obtain the pleasure craft operator card (PCOC), but some restrictions may apply even if you have your boating license:

  • Under 12 years of age with no direct supervision, you may operate a boat with up to 10 hp.
  • Ages 12 to under 16 with no direct supervision, you may operate a boat with up to 40 hp.
  • Under 16 years of age, regardless of supervision, you may not operate a PWC.
  • 16 years of age or older: no hp restrictions.

Even a 10 year old child who has the card is not required to retake the course at age 16. The card is good for life.

Why should I choose


  • our students really learn from our HD videos.
  • of our hundreds of illustrations that will help you to better understand the content.
  • our online course is available 24/7.
  • you can access our online support by phone, email or chat.
  • we offer multi-platform training.
  • our Policy has always been, ''satisfaction guaranteed or your money back!''
  • you have a chance to win a 14 foot Princecraft Fisherman aluminum boat with trailer.

Is there a free study guide in Alberta for a quick revision of my nautical know-how?

The free online study guide for Alberta is available through It is the ideal reference guide for those who simply want to brush up on their knowledge.

Where can I find an Alberta boating license practice test?

Aceboater has devised a comprehensive boater practice test for any boaters who wish to check their knowledge or understand their level of comprehension. The test is very well structured and you can try it as often as you wish. TRY our boating license practice test NOW!

How can I get my Alberta pleasure craft license?

In Alberta, you need a pleasure craft license if you are driving a boat with an engine of 10hp or more. A Pleasure craft license (not to be confused with the boating license) is a unique identification number which must be displayed on both sides of the bow. Get more info on the pleasure craft license.

Can I easily transfer boat ownership in Alberta?

The way to transfer boat ownership in Alberta is the same as for every other province in Canada. To transfer a licence to your name in Alberta, you must submit the following documents:

  • a completed Form 84-0172E, Application for Pleasure Craft Licence;
  • proof of ownership of the pleasure craft;
  • a signed photocopy of a government issued ID.

For more information on transferring a boat in Alberta go to Buying or selling a boat in Alberta

Need more information on boat registration in Alberta?

The Canadian Register of Vessels is the official register of all registered or listed vessels, vessels under construction and bare-boat charters. It contains information on each vessel, such as ownership and mortgage details, vessel characteristics, such as tonnage, construction material and type. Get more info about boat registration in Alberta.

Does the registry office issue the Alberta boating license?

Following is a list of the registry offices which are partnered with in order to administer the exam online in Alberta:

  • Accu search
  • Alberta One-Stop Registry Ltd.
  • All Licenses
  • Altafacts Search & Registry
  • Ardiel Agencies
  • Astro Registry Services
  • Atrebla
  • Beaumont Registries Ltd.
  • Calgary Registry Services
  • Camrose Registry Ltd.
  • Cantex Insurance
  • Casey's Registries
  • Cochrane Plates
  • Crowfoot Plates
  • Devon Registries
  • Dyck ins & reg
  • EckRim Agencies
  • Edmonton registry services
  • Fort McMurray Vehicle Registries
  • Fox Creek
  • Grimshaw Registry
  • Ivy Lane Registry
  • Lac la Biche
  • Leduc Registries
  • Lethbridge Vehicle Licensing
  • License Place Ltd
  • Macleod Trail Registries
  • Manning
  • Millwoods Registry Services
  • Northtown Registry Services
  • Ottewell Registry
  • Ponoka License and Registry
  • Registries by Drayden(Morinville)
  • Registries by Drayden(Spruce Grove)
  • Registries by Drayden(St. Albert)
  • Registries by Drayden(Westlock)
  • Registry Express
  • Registry unlimited
  • Richmond Road Registry
  • Servus credit union & registry: Entwistle
  • Servus credit union & registry: Wabamun
  • Servus credit union & registry: Grande cache
  • Sherwood Park Registries
  • Stettler
  • Stony Plain Registries
  • Surex Ins.
  • Sylvan Lake Motor Vehicle Agency
  • Timberlea Licensing
  • Thor Agencies Ltd.
  • Vital Registry Services Ltd
  • Western Licence
  • Yellowhead Registries
  • Provincial registry Service Centre Inc.
  • Western Financial Group, Bashaw
  • Servus credit union & registry: Sangudo
  • Servus credit union & registry: Jasper
  • 1034355 Alberta Ltd o/a Bassano Registries
  • High Level Registries
  • Red Deer Registries
  • KVP Registry
  • Taradale Registry

The best and most convenient way to get your Alberta boating license!

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