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Canadian Boating License

All Canadian Boaters are required to carry a Canadian Boating License officially known as a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, when operating a motorized pleasure craft regardless of length of boat, size of engine or age.

You can obtain your Canadian Boating License online with BOATsmart!®, the officially recognized Transport Canada exam provider.

The BOATsmart!® Exam is available in two formats:

  1. Online at BoatSmartExam.com
  2. In-Person at official BOATsmart!® Exam locations

Requirements to get your Canadian Boating License online:

  1. Register At BoatSmartExam.com: Register online for the official boating license exam online at BoatSmartExam.com. The one time exam fee includes retries and once obtained, your BOATsmart!® Operator Card will never expire.
  2. Complete the Online Safe Boating Course: Transport Canada requires boaters to complete a 3-hour progressive safe boating study guide. By completing the official safe boating study guide you will learn the knowledge to boat safely on Canadian Waterways. You must pass the practice tests at the end of each module before proceeding to the final boating license exam. Through the BoatSmartExam.com website you can log in and out of the study guide at your leisure - you are not required to complete the mandatory 3 hours in one sitting. Through the BOATsmart!® website you are able to track and save your progress. Each time you log in to the boating course, you can begin studying from where you left off. You must achieve a mark of at least 80% on each practice exam before proceeding to the next safe boating module. If you score less than 80% Transport Canada requires that you re-do that safe boating module.
  3. Complete the Canadian Boating License Exam: The final Canadian Boating License Exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions testing your knowledge of safe boating skills. Through the official BOATsmart!® website you do not require a supervisor and you can complete the boating license from the comfort of your own home. The final exam is open book. You must score at least 75% (38 out of 50) to pass the final Canadian boating license exam. You can print a temporary Pleasure Craft Operator Card immediately upon passing the exam. Your official boaters card will be mailed in 4 to 6 weeks and is good for life.

Safe Boating Study Guide

Safe Boating Study Guide

Safe Boating Study Guide

Practice Boating License

Practice Boating License

Practice Boating License

Get Your Boating License

Get Your Boating License

Get Your Boating License