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A complete 3-hour course… well organized in 6 chapters

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Do you need a licence to drive a boat in Canada?

Canadian Boating License

As of September 15, 2009, all operators of all ages must have their Pleasure Craft Operator Card (boating license) to operate any type of pleasure craft equipped with a motor (even electric motor), including personal watercrafts in Canada.


Take our official Canadian boating course

Our 6-chapter online boating safety course is the leading platform to obtain your Transport Canada boating license.

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Chapter 1

Boating safety course introduction

  • Most common causes of on-water incidents
  • Boating terminology
  • Laws and regulations
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Chapter 2

Rules and Obligations in Canada

  • Registration and pleasure craft license
  • Rules and obligations
  • Criminal offences
Chapter 3

Required Safety Equipment in Canada

  • Personal protection equipment in Canada
  • Boat safety equipment
  • Minimum safety equipment to carry
Chapter 4

Trip planning and Sharing the Waterways

  • Boating trips
  • Collision regulations
  • Courtesy and common sense
Chapter 5

Navigation Lights and Aids to Navigation in Canada

  • Navigation lights
  • Recognizing vessels by their lights
  • Buoys ans beacons
Chapter 6

Prevention of Emergency Situations

  • Weather and Water Condition
  • Hypothermia, heat stroke, etc.
  • React to emergency situations

Crystal clear. Our team works hard to develop intuitive and effective online training. No endless reading, interactive learning is the key to success!


Take the boating exam

After the online boating safety course, you will be all set to take the official Transport Canada boater exam. We have created a practice boating exam to test your knowledge!

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Print your temporary boating license and go boating NOW!

Once you have successfully completed your Transport Canada final exam, print your temporary boating license right away and go boating!

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You may ask

How do I get a boat license in Canada?

Obtain your boat license in Canada with our 3-step process:

Step 1: Study the boat safety course. Experience interactive quizzes and captivating videos that equip you with all the knowledge necessary to ace your online exam and get your Canadian boat license.

Step 2: Take the official boat exam with confidence.

Step 3: Get your Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) and go boating.

Do you need a boat license to drive a boat in Canada?

Yes. The rule to qualify for the Canadian boating license (Pleasure Craft Operator Card) applies to all motorized watercraft throughout Canada, regardless of the length of the watercraft and the type and power of the motor used. You must have the card even while using an electric motor. Start the course!

How long is the Canadian boaters exam?

You will have a total of 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) to complete the test. 

How hard is the Canadian boating license test?
So it isn't that hard! The boating safety exam is designed with 50 multiple choice questions, making it easy to find the right answers. To successfully pass, you must achieve a minimum score of 75% (38 out of 50). However, there's no need to worry because the boating safety test enables you to consult the open book for guidance!
How long does the Canada boating license course take?
Transport Canada requires 3 hours of study. At Ace Boater we have developed a training program to make your study time virtually interactive and pleasant.
Do Canadian boat licenses expire?
No, your Pleasure Craft Operator Card is valid for life and never needs to be renewed.
Is the Pleasure Craft Operator Card good anywhere in Canada?

Yes, the same card is issued for all the provinces and territories in Canada. Whether you're boating in OntarioQuebecBritish Columbia(BC), AlbertaManitobaNova ScotiaNew BrunswickPEISaskatchewan or Newfoundland, the card is legal across the country.

Do I need a PCOC to operate a boat with an electric motor in Canada?

Yes. All boaters must have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card to operate any powered watercraft. This law applies to all boaters, there are no exemptions. "Powered watercraft" means a watercraft fitted with any size motor, even an electric trolling motor.

How much is Canada boat license?

The cost of the boating license online safety course is only $ 59.95 plus taxes. This includes study time, the final Transport Canada exam and mailing of your first boating license.

At what age can I get my boat license in Canada?

There is no minimum age requirement for the boat license, but certain restrictions apply to operate a watercraft according to your age. You only need to pass the final exam.

Does a pleasure craft operator card expire?

No, your Pleasure Craft Operator Card is valid for life and never needs to be renewed.

Is the Pleasure Craft Operator Card the same as a pleasure craft license?

A pleasure craft operators card is considered as proof of competency proving the boater has completed a boating safety course and has the knowledge required to operate a vessel safely and understands the rules and regulations of navigating on Canadian waters. A pleasure craft licence or registration is a unique number the owner must display on the bow of the vessel. It is mandatory for all pleasure crafts equipped with motors of 10 horsepower (7.5 kilowatts) or more.

How can I replace a lost or broken pleasure craft operator card?

Before we can replace a lost or damaged Pleasure Craft Operator Card we must be sure that we originally issued it to you. Check with us by calling our toll-free number at 1-888-962-6513 to talk to an agent, or you can fill in the lost card form on our website and we will contact you by email within 24 hours, during our office hours.

If you took your online course with AceBoater.com, log into your profile and click on "Order Replacement Cards".

Do I need to have a driver’s license to get a Canadian boating license?

No, a drivers license is not required to obtain the Canadian boating license. However to operate a watercraft you must carry your Pleasure Craft Operator Card on board with you.

Do you have to carry your card on you at all times?

Yes, all operators are required to carry the PCOC on board and have it readily available for inspection by law enforcement when operating a vessel.

Do I have to be a Canadian resident to get a Pleasure Craft Operator Card?

For non-residents, proof of competency can take one of three forms: A Pleasure Craft Operator Card; A completed boat rental safety checklist (for power-driven rental boats); or, An operator card or equivalent which meets the requirements of their state or country.

What is the best online boat license course in Canada?
Aceboater is Canada's #1 provider of boating safety education. We provide a comprehensive online boating education and certification platform for boaters of all levels and interests. We are fully approved by Transport Canada and recognized by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the U.S. Coast Guard.
How many questions are on the Canada boat license test?
50 multiple-choice questions. To pass, you must score at least 75%.
Can you use a Canadian boating license in the US?

Canadian boaters can navigate their vessels in the United States with their valid Canadian boat license, due to a reciprocal agreement between the two countries.


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