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Canadian boating license cardBoat Smart® Exam

BOATsmart!® is Canada's Boating Educator. The nationally accredited safe boating organization offers safe boater training and certification in both official languages. Boaters can take the authorized Boat Smart® Exam online, in-person at participating Canadian Tire stores and through BOATsmart!®'s national network of certified Examiners and Course Instructors.

By participating in the Transport Canada online boat license process you will obtain your Pleasure Craft Operator Card and gain the knowledge you need to Boat Smart® and boat safely! The Pleasure Craft Operator Card program was launched in 1999 by the federal government of Canada to ensure a minimum level of competency for Canadian boaters. Through educating boaters, the aim of the program is to reduce the number and severity of boating related accidents and fatalities.

Boating License Exam Online

The online exam is a convenient and government approved method to obtain your Pleasure Craft Operator Card.

The boat license exam can be taken at the following Transport Canada authorized website:

You can take the official Boat Smart® Exam online in your own home, without a supervisor and the final exam is open book. The Boat Smart® Exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions, testing boaters on their knowledge of safe boating skills. Topics included in the online BOATsmart!® course and exam include:

  1. Canadian Boating Rules and Regulations
  2. Boating Terminology and Boat Safety Equipment
  3. Preparing for a Trip
  4. Safe Boat Operation
  5. Navigation
  6. Marker Buoys and Aids to Navigation
  7. Boating Emergencies

The official Transport Canada exam consists of a three step process:

  1. Register Online at BoatSmartExam.com
  2. Complete the mandatory online BOATsmart!® Course and practice quizzes
  3. Score at least 75% on the final exam

The online boating course available online at BoatSmartExam.com includes all of the knowledge required to obtain your boating license. The course includes 7 learning modules and safe boating practice quizzes. Transport Canada requires that boaters complete the online boating course and then score a minimum of 75% on the Boat Smart® Exam in order to obtain an Operator Card.

Questions?
BOATsmart!®'s Customer Service Centre is staffed with boating safety professionals to help boaters 7 days a week from at 1-877-792-3926.

Boaters can also review the FAQs section for Frequently Asked Questions regarding Boating Licenses.

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