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Boating Exam Canada - Official Transport Canada Online Test

How do I access the Transport Canada final exam?

Before you can access the final exam online, you must follow a Transport Canada-certified course. The course only takes three hours. There are five modules and the first module is free. Once you have completed the course, you will be able to access the Transport Canada final exam.

How the final exam works

  • The Transport Canada final exam is an open-book exam.
  • There will be 50 multiple choice questions.
  • You will have 75 minutes to complete the final exam.
  • If you do not achieve the passing grade for the final exam, retakes are free.
  • You can use all your notes during the final exam.
  • As soon as you pass the exam you can print your temporary certificate, which is valid for a maximum of 60 days.
  • This means you can go boating legally as soon as you have passed the exam!

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Is the permit issued immediately after the exam?

After the exam you can print your temporary certificate, this is valid and you can go boating immediately. You will receive your permanent card a few weeks after you pass the exam.

Can I take the exam without following the course?

The only way to access the Transport Canada final exam is to successfully complete all five chapters of the mandatory 3-hour online course, including the ten-question quiz at the end of each chapter, even if you have studied a printed manual.

Can I use my study guide and my notes for the final exam?

You can use your notes and the printed study guide during the final exam. We recommend you buy a copy of the study guide when you pay for the boating safety exam to use during the final exam. You'll receive the printed study guide by mail.

What kind of questions can I expect during the exam?

You should be able to answer about 50% of the questions using common sense. For the other 50% of the questions you will need to have studied the course material as you will not be able to work out the answer by logic alone.

If I fail the online exam, can I retake it?

Yes, and retakes are free. However, you will have to wait 24 hours after finishing the exam before you can retake it for another chance to obtain your Pleasure Craft Operator Card.

Can I take a practice exam?

Yes, you can take the free practice exam on You will be able to review all your answers afterwards.

Is it true I can take the Transport Canada exam for free?

In fact, it’s the first module of our online course that is free. The online exam costs $49.99 (plus taxes) and your card is valid for life.

What is the passing grade for the final exam?

The passing grade is 75%.

How long do I have for the final exam?

You have 75 minutes to complete the exam.

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