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The easiest and most comprehensive way to
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Alberta Boating License


  • Study at your own pace.
  • First chapter is free.
  • Unlimited retries.
  • Certified for life.
  • Valid throughout Canada
  • Only $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 $49.95 (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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Need a boating license in Alberta?

Alberta is a wonderful place for boaters, however you like to enjoy the water. With 16,800 square kilometres of lakes, rivers and streams, and a continental climate, Alberta is an essential destination for holders of Canada’s Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC), commonly known as a “boating license”.

Alberta is home to glacial lakes, shallow lakes, kettle lakes, and large lakes with stunning sandy beaches that entice nature-lovers and adventurers from around the world.

Whether you fancy sailing on Pigeon Lake, water skiing on Elkwater Lake in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, windsurfing on Lake Newell, cruising the waters of Lake Claire, fishing in Garner Lake, or participating in the annual Jet Boat Poker Rally on the Athabasca River, there is something for everyone in Alberta.

Starting in the magnificent Canadian Rocky Mountains, you can glide along the Bow River’s glacial waters and marvel at the scenery and wildlife as you wind through the Alberta foothills.

Located between Calgary and Medicine Hat, the huge Lake Newell—the largest and warmest man-made lake in Alberta—hosts a variety of water sports and all types of boats are allowed. Camp at the stunning Kinbrook Island Provincial Park to wake up next to the water and go fishing right away.

At Garner Lake, you can take in the scenery from your canoe, or get your pulse racing with tubing or waterskiing. For sailing enthusiasts, Glenmore Reservoir in Calgary offers strong winds and a technical challenge.

How do I get  the Alberta boating license?

You can get your Alberta Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)—commonly called the Alberta “boating license”—by passing the Transport Canada boating safety test. To prepare for the test and meet the PCOC competency requirements, you should take the Transport Canada-approved boating safety education course at Ace Boater offers a specially designed boating safety course that you can complete at your own pace and on the device of your choosing. After only a few hours of boating safety training with Ace Boater, you can take the official Transport Canada final test online, print your temporary boating card and get out on the water!

Why do boaters need to have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card?

In Canada, anyone operating a powered pleasure craft is required to carry proof of competency. The Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) proves the holder knows how to operate a pleasure craft safely. Successfully completing the Ace Boater course ensures you have essential boating knowledge that could save your life, or that of your friends. This includes knowing how to read the water, nautical charts, and buoys, how to avoid collisions, and how to react in emergency situations. On the water, it is important to know the correct terminology because you may need to make decisions quickly. It is vital that those aboard can understand one another easily to avoid accidents. Becoming certified permits the PCOC holder to operate all types of motorized recreational vessels on Canadian waters, from houseboats to personal watercraft, from sailboats with electric motors to wakeboard boats.

Can I go boating in another province?

Yes, the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) that you will receive when you successfully complete the Ace Boater course is valid in all Canadian provinces and territories. Additionally, if you want to go boating in the United States of America, the PCOC is recognised as meeting the boating education standards of the United States Coast Guard and the U.S. National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).

What is the difference between a Pleasure Craft Operator Card and a Pleasure Craft License?

Completing the Ace Boater course qualifies you for the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC), commonly known as the “boating license”; it is required for anyone operating a motorized vessel. The PCOC is valid for life and there are no renewal fees. Find out more about the Canadian Boating License.

On the other hand, the Pleasure Craft License (PCL) is required for all recreational vessels with an engine of 10 horsepower (7.5 kW) or more. The PCL is a document that attributes a unique license number to each vessel. The pleasure craft licensing system allows Search and Rescue personnel to access your information at any time in the event of an emergency. You must display your pleasure craft license number above the waterline on both sides of the bow, as far forward as practical, and where it is easy to see. The numbers must be in block letters, at least 7.5 cm (3”) high, and in a colour that contrasts with the background. You do not need a pleasure craft licence if a boat is registered.

Why should I pass my boating safety course with Ace Boater?

If you want to learn about boating safety and qualify for your Pleasure Craft Operator Card, Ace Boater is an excellent choice. With Ace Boater you can study at your own pace and you get unlimited retries of the boating exam. The first chapter is free and once you have passed the exam, you are certified for life; you can even download and print a temporary card so you can go boating while you wait for your real card to arrive by post.

The Ace Boater online course is available 24/7 and can be accessed from your computer, tablet or smartphone. Ace Boater provides phone, email and chat support. At Ace Boater, our policy is, and has always been: “satisfaction guaranteed or your money back!

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

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