Our Transport Canada approved on-line Study Guide

Step 1 towards your permanent PCOC

Completing the freecourse.ca Online Study Guide (OSG) is the first step towards getting your Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC).

This Online Study Guide has been approved by Transport Canada strictly on the basis that it meets the requirements of the Standard for Pleasure Operator Card Testing over the Internet (TP 15080E) and the Boating Safety Course and Test Syllabus (TP 14932E). This approval does not represent confirmation of authorship by the course provider.  

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The Study Guide

To access the complete freecourse.ca Online Study Guide you will need to register. Registration is free. If you want to peek at the OSG before registering, you can preview and try Chapter 1 and its quiz without registering. However, any progress or completion of this chapter will not be saved until you register and log in to your account to access the Online Study Guide.

The Online Study Guide is composed of seven (7) chapters covering the key boating safety concepts required to prepare you to pass the Transport Canada Boating Safety Test (the PCOC Test).

You must complete the Online Study Guide to become eligible to write the PCOC Test.
Register to set up an account to track your progress as you complete the course. Registration is free and it gives you access to all 7 chapters and chapter quizzes of the Online Study Guide.

Once registered you can:

  • Take as long as you need (up to a year) to complete the Online Study Guide
  • Study at your own pace, when and where you want
  • Log in and out as needed and continue where you left off

Completing the Online Study Guide

  • When you register you will receive a confirmation email.
  • Clicking the link provided in the email will validate your account.
  • Your registration is valid for one year allowing you to study the Online Study Guide at your convenience and your own pace.
  • Transport Canada requires a minimum of three (3) hours of total study time in the Online Study Guide.
  • You must study each timed page in a chapter before you can proceed to the end-of-chapter quiz.
  • You must score a mark of 80% or better in a quiz in order for the system to give you access to the next chapter. If you get less than 80% you will need to re-study the current chapter in order to try the quiz again.
  • Successfully completing all seven chapters of the Online Study Guide gives you access to the online PCOC Test, which contains 50 multiple-choice questions. If you score 75% or better on the PCOC Test, then you pass the test making you eligible to order a PCOC.
  • If you score less that 75% on the PCOC Test , then you will need to wait 24 hours before the sytem will let you try the PCOC Test again.
  • When you pass the PCOC test, you will be able to print a temporary card for immediate use (valid for 60 days from the date you passed the PCOC Test) and you will be able to order you permanent freecourse.ca PCOC for the low rate of $19.95+tax.