Canada. Transport Canada

Site: Sarnia

Service: Office of Boating Safety - Pleasure Craft Operator Card

Description (Service) Operators of pleasure craft fitted with a motor and used for recreational purposes are required to have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, (PCOC), as proof of competency on board at all times 
  • Testing and Courses 
    • to obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card it is necessary to pass an accredited test  
    • Transport Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard do not teach boating safety courses or offer testing, private companies administer all courses and tests and issue all cards  
    • Boating Safety courses cover a full range of basic boating information such as minimum safety equipment requirements required on board your boat, Canadian Buoy system, how to share waterways, a review of all pertinent regulations and how to respond in an emergency situation  
    • courses can be taken in class, by correspondence, on the Internet, or a training manual can be purchased, from an accredited training organization or downloaded from the website of an accredited training organization, to be studied independently before taking the test  
    • to find out where you can write the test, take a course in your area, or possibly download a training manual visit website, go to menu on right hand side 'Office of Boating Safety' and click on 'Courses'  
    • see List of Accredited Course Providers
Service Details
Public Comments Although it is commonly referred to as a "boating licence", the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) is actually a "Competency Card" * by successfully passing the test and obtaining an Operator Card individuals have proven their competency as a safe boat operator * Canadian law does not require recreational boaters to obtain a boating licence, the only legal requirement for boaters is to carry proof of competency (i.e. Pleasure Craft Operator Card) on board at all times 
For full information about the Pleasure Craft Licensing System see BAR2788
Hours Boating Safety Info line: Mon-Fri 8 am-5 pm
Areas Served Canada
Eligibility Any person operating a pleasure craft fitted with a motor
Application Call Boating Safety Info-Line or visit Transport Canada's Boating Safety website for more information
Languages English ; French - Reception
Fees Program - call organization offering course or testing for information on fees
Address and Location
Located In Community Sarnia
Address & Map
Office of Boating Safety, Transport Canada
100 Front St S
Sarnia, ON N7T 2M4
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Intersection Christina St and Davis St
Physical Access Not Applicable
Contact Information
Office Phone Boating Safety Info line: 1-800-267-6687

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