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Transport Canada Accredited.®  is accredited by Transport Canada to deliver boating safety courses and administer tests for the issuance of Pleasure Craft Operator Cards, including replacement cards, under the Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations.


The answers to some of the most popular questions:

Yes. is accredited by Transport Canada to deliver boating safety courses and administer tests for the issuance of Pleasure Craft Operator Cards, including replacement cards, under the Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations

A list of course providers that have been accredited by Transport Canada is available on this page on Transport Canada’s website: List of Accredited Course Providers 

The PCOC is the most accepted proof of competency to operate a powered pleasure craft in Canada. The card is obtained by obtaining a passing grade on a Transport Canada PCOC test.

No. The PCOC is proof that a boater has obtained a defined standard of boating knowledge. It is a certificate, not a license.

Your PCOC is valid for life. There are no annual fees; it never needs to be renewed. It is possible to purchase a duplicate card in case of loss or if you have more than one watercraft and you wish to keep a card on board each craft.

As of September 15, 2009, operators of all powered recreational vessels must carry a PCOC or other proof of competency at all times when operating any type of powered pleasure craft on any Canadian waters. Proof of competency is something that shows that you understand the rules of the road and how to safely operate a boat. The most common forms of proof of competency are: 

– Pleasure Craft Operator Card 
– Recognized boating safety course certificate (issued prior to April 1, 1999) 
– Rental boat safety checklist

All operators of powered pleasure craft have to obtain a PCOC or other proof of competency. The operator of a pleasure craft is deemed to be the person at the controls.

When you pass the online Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) test, you can immediately print your Temporary Operator Card and go boating. The temporary card is valid for 60 days. Your permanent PCOC will be shipped out to the mailing address provided within 48 hours.

The test is made up entirely of 50 multiple-choice questions.

Yes, the online Transport Canada PCOC test is open-book and unsupervised.

You can retake the PCOC test after a 24-hour wait during which time you should review our Boating Safety course material. Should you fail the test a second time, you must repeat the course and quizzes. There is no cost for retaking the course or the PCOC test.

The passing grade for the  PCOC test is 75% (i.e. you must answer 38 out of the 50 questions correctly).

The Transport Canada PCOC Test is unsupervised in order to make taking the test as convenient as possible. And because it is unsupervised, users must first complete the Boating Safety Course.

The PCOC is valid in all Canadian provinces and territories.

Not having the required PCOC or proof of competency on board will result in a $250 fine (not including administrative charges).

It will take a minimum of 4 hours total to complete the online Boating Safety Course and online PCOC Test.


The Boating Safety Course will take a minimum of three (3) hours, excluding quizzes. The Transport Canada Online PCOC Test has a time limit of 1 hour and 15 minutes.

You may complete the course at your own pace. The course can be completed in one sitting or completed a little at a time over several days. This course must be completed within 1 year from the date you registered for the course.

You do not have to be a resident of Canada to take this online course.

If you fail a chapter quiz, you must restudy the chapter and take the quiz again until you pass. You must score at least 80% on the chapter quizzes to pass.