The Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations require all Canadian operators of pleasure craft fitted with any type of motor and used for recreational purposes to carry proof of competency on board.

The most common form of proof of competency is a Pleasure Craft Operator (PCO) card obtained after passing an accredited boating safety test.

Proof of competency is not required in the waters of Nunavut and Northwest Territories at this time.

How to get carded

You earn the PCO card by scoring 75% on a 50 question multiple-choice test of basic boating safety knowledge. The Pleasure Craft Operator card does not expire and cannot be revoked or suspended. It must be carried at all times while operating a powerboat.

To find an authorized course provider please contact the Transport Canada Boating Safety infoline at 1-800-267-6687 or email or visit Transport Canada’s website at

Retired Award

Demand for the Lifesaving Society’s classroom-based BOAT course declined dramatically after online testing for the Pleasure Craft Operator (PCO) card became available. After consultation with affected Affiliates and Instructors, the Lifesaving Society retired its Boat Operator Accredited Training program in Ontario. Those who earned their PCO card from the Lifesaving Society and require a replacement card should contact the Society.