Overview of the 3-step process to get your PCOC
Take PCOC Test
When you finish the study guide we administer to you the official Transport Canada PCOC test.
The PCOC test is free of charge and all retries are free of charge.
More than 95 percent of our customers pass the PCOC test on their first try.
Get the Pleasure Craft Operator Card
When you pass the PCOC test, two new buttons will appear on your account page:
- Order Official PCOCs – Click on this button to purchase official PCOCs. Your first is only $20.95 + tax. Additional duplicate PCOCs ordered at the same time are only $6.95 + tax each. All prices include handling and shipping.
- Print Temporary PCOC – Click on this button to print a temporary PCOC free of charge.
Step 1 - Online Study Guide
In order to qualify to take the Transport Canada Boating Safety Test, you must first complete and pass our Online Study Guide (OSG). Our free Transport Canada-approved Online Study Guide fully prepares you to readily pass the Transport Canada Boating Safety Test, after which you can order permanent Pleasure Craft Operator Cards (PCOCs).
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).
You'll first need to register. Registration creates an account that gives you access to the full Online Study Guide and keeps track of your progress as you proceed through the OSG at your own pace.
The OSG is composed of seven (7) chapters that explain the key boating safety concepts that will prepare you to readily pass the Transport Canada PCOC Test.
The chapters in the online Study Guide must be completed in sequence (i.e.: you must complete Chapter 1 before going on to Chapter 2, and so on), and you must pass the short review quiz at the end of each chapter with a score of 80% or more before moving on to the next chapter.
Step 2 - Write the PCOC Test online
The PCOC Test is open book and unsupervised. To qualify to take the Boating Safety Test for the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) online from our site, you must first complete our free Online Study Guide (OSG).
Once you have successfully completed the OSG, our system will give you access to the online Boating Safety Test. The test will take about one hour or less to complete (but you have up to 75 minutes). It is unsupervised and since it is an open-book test you are allowed to refer back to the Online Study Guide during the test (you can also download a printable version of the Online Study Guide to assist you).
If you pass the PCOC Test, our system will record that you passed and allow you to order Pleasure Craft Operator Cards, as well as to print a temporary card.
If you do not pass the PCOC Test on your first attempt, the system will let you try again after waiting 24 hours. There is no charge for repeat attempts to pass the PCOC Test. If you fail your second attempt to pass the PCOC Test, you must complete the Online Study Guide and its quizzes over again before trying the PCOC Test again.
Step 3 - Getting your permanent PCOC
After you pass the PCOC Test, our system will allow you to order one or more PCOCs. Since it can take up to four (4) weeks for PCOCs to arrive in the mail, our system will also allow you to print a temporary card. The card shows an expiry date that is 60 days after the date you passed your PCOC Test and serves as your temporary proof of competency until your permanent PCOC(s) arrive in the mail.