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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.

If you do not want to first complete the Online Study Guide to qualify to take the PCOC Test online (an unsupervised test), then you can instead take the Transport Canada Boating Safety Test in person with a freecourse.ca testing agent.

An In-Person Test is a closed-book, on-paper PCOC Test that must be supervised by one of our testing agents. Like the online PCOC Test, an In-Person Test is an official Transport Canada Boating Safety Test test with 50 questions and takes about the same amount of time to complete as an online test.

We offer a free downloadable manual in PDF format to help you prepare for the In-Person Test. The downloadable manual includes the same content provided in the seven (7) chapters of the Online Study Guide.

The price to write an in-person test is $35. The price includes the test, temporary card, and one permanent PCOC. Some testing agents must charge sales tax on top of this price.

Because the In-Person test must be supervised, we offer it only where we have testing agents. A complete list of testing agents is provided at our Testing Centers page. Please contact the testing agent directly to make arrangements to write an In-Person test.

When you pass an In-Person Test, the testing agent will issue you a temporary card (that will be valid for 60 days) and will forward your test result to us. When we receive your test result from the agent, we will create a permanent record for you on our database and send you your permanent Pleasure Craft Operator Card.

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Ottawa, ON, K2B 7B8

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support@freecourse.ca

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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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