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To legally operate a pleasure craft on the water in Canada, all boaters must pass a Transport Canada accredited boater exam®. The boater exam® is taken to obtain a pleasure craft operators card. September 15th 2009 is the final deadline. After this date all boaters and pleasure craft operators must have passed an accredited boater exam® and posses a valid pleasure craft operator card.
The boater exam® can be taken at the following transport Canada accredited website.
No. Private companies administer all courses and tests and issue all cards.
Taking a boating safety course is strongly recommended regardless of age or experience. However, you can challenge the boater exam® without taking a course.
• To help you pass the boater exam®
• To improve the safety of all boaters and the boating environment.
• To get your Pleasure Craft Operator Card as required by the regulation.
• To learn about your responsibility.
• To make your boating experience enjoyable for everyone.
Sometimes proof of competency is also referred to as a license to operate a vessel. The two are not the same. In most instances what people actually want to know about is the requirement to carry proof of competency, as required under the Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations.
Currently, proof of competency is required if you fall into one of two categories:
1. You operate a pleasure craft fitted with a motor AND are born after April 1, 1983; or,
2. You operate a pleasure craft, fitted with a motor, that is under 4m (13 feet) in length (regardless of age).
If you were born before April 1, 1983 and operate a pleasure craft, fitted with a motor, that is 4 m and over in length, you will require proof of operator competency by September 15, 2009.
No, unlike a driver's license, the operator card cannot be revoked and is good for life.