You can take the official Transport Canada accredited exam on this web site . Click here to access the boating license exam. Boaters can also attempt the exam at one of BOATsmart!®’s Certified Affiliate Locations across Canada.
BOATsmart!® Safe Boating Teams also offer the Operator Card exam at special events, boat shows, and community events each season. Check our Locations page for a BOATsmart!® Exam location near you.
BOATsmart!® charges a standard fee of $49.95 + GST for the exam. The cost includes a Temporary Operator Card Slip (issued immediately following your exam) and mailing of your permanent Pleasure Craft Operator Card.
Non-residents operating their pleasure craft in Canadian waters for more than 45 consecutive days are required to obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, commonly known as a boating license. An operator card or equivalent issued to a non-resident by their state or country may be considered as proof of competency. Please contact us for more details.
Certificates for recognized boating safety courses completed before April 1, 1999 may exempt you from taking the test. If you’ve already taken a course prior to these regulations – and have proof – then that course certificate or card may be accepted as proof of competency. The ORIGINAL course certificate must be carried on board the pleasure craft at all times. Photocopies are not valid.
You can obtain your Pleasure Craft Operator Card by passing the 50 question multiple choice exam offered by BOATsmart!. You must achieve a score of at least 75% to pass the exam and obtain your Operator Card.
A “license” can be revoked, suspended and typically has an expiry date. However, a Pleasure Craft Operator Card cannot be revoked or suspended and once obtained, the card is good for life.
Although it’s commonly referred to as a boating license, the Operator Card is actually a “Competency Card”. By successfully passing the BOATsmart! Exam and obtaining your Operator Card you have proven your competency as a safe boat operator.
The law requiring boat operators to carry a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (or proof of competency) is enforced by peace officers including RCMP, OPP, SQ and Conservation Officers (depending on province and/or jurisdiction). The law requires operators of powered watercraft to carry proof of age as well as a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (or proof of competency) on board at all times.
All operators of power driven pleasure craft (including Personal Watercraft and motorized sailboats) used for recreational purposes within Canada are now required to carry proof of competency. The following are considered proof of competency: