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The official boater license test will be temporarily unavailable from 7:30 AM until 12:30 PM (half past noon) today, Saturday, February 24. Note: You can still sign up and study the free official course during this period and then write the test this afternoon.

It's easier than you think!

To get your official Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC), you must first pass the official online PCOC exam.

And to qualify to write the official online PCOC exam (which is open book and unsupervised) you must first complete the official online PCOC course.

STEP 1 - Take the Official Online PCOC Course - FREE

  • This course is the official Transport Canada online PCOC course
  • It teaches you exactly what you need to know to readily pass the official online PCOC exam
  • It is divided into seven fun short chapters, each ending with a nice review quiz
  • It lets you study at your own pace and on any device
  • It can be completed in one go in as little as three hours or you can take as long as you like and come and go as you please (the online teaching system always remembers you so that each time that you log in, the system always returns you to exactly where you left off)
  • It allows you to sign up now and take the whole PCOC course or lets you try just Chapter One for now to see what the course is like

When you finish the online PCOC course, our system will shift you back to your account page where you will find a "Start the online PCOC Exam" button waiting for you.

STEP 2 - The Official Online PCOC Exam - FREE

  • Must be taken within 30 days of passing the PCOC course
  • Is open book and unsupervised
  • Contains 50 multiple-choice questions. Score 75% to pass.
  • Is one hour and 15 minutes long.
  • Allows free retries (but you have to wait 24 hours before the system will send you an e-mail to prompt you to log in to your freecourse.ca account to try the test again)

STEP 3 - Order Your Official PCOC (Boating Licence) - $29.95

When you pass the online PCOC exam, you will be able to:

  • Print your temporary PCOC;
  • Save your temporary PCOC as a .pdf file; and
  • Order official permanent PCOCs

At freecourse.ca you pay only when you order your official PCOCs after passing the online PCOC exam.

You can purchase your official PCOCs with any major credit card. Your PCOCs will be created and mailed within 24 hours of placing your order. Your first PCOC costs only $29.95 and any additional backup PCOCs that you order at the same time as the first PCOC cost only $6.95 each.

Your temporary PCOC lets you go boating right away (it is good for 60 days).

Whenever operating a powered watercraft, you must carry with you either your temporary PCOC (good for 60 days) or your permanent PCOC.

Contact Us

Mailing address:
422 Halldon Place,
Ottawa, ON, K2B 7B8

E-mail:
support@freecourse.ca

Speak to an actual person:
613-791-4521
Mon – Sun, 6AM - 1PM EST

Wear It!

Failure to wear a flotation device is the leading contributing factor in boating fatalities. When on the water, the single-most important thing that you can do to prevent drowning is to always wear a properly adjusted PFD or lifejacket of appropriate type, size, and fit.

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