Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)

The Pleasure Craft Operator Card is a document used in Canada as proof of competency to operate a recreational boat with a motor. It is required for any craft fitted with a motor, even if the motor is not in use, for example an auxiliary motor on a sailboat. It has been required since 1999.


Why do I need it?

In Canada, if you operate a boat with a motor and use it for recreation, you need proof of competency — something that shows you have a basic understanding of how to operate your boat safely and know what to do in an emergency. Proof of competency is required with all motor types (including electric trolling motors) and even when the motor is not in use (such as when sailing).


How can I get it? 

Sail Canada is accredited by Transport Canada to deliver boating safety courses and administer tests for the issuance of Pleasure Craft Operator Cards, including replacement cards, under the Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations. 

A Sail Canada Certified Pleasure Craft Operator Card Instructor has the best training to teach you all you will need to know to pass the Transport Canada test.

You have three options:

  1. Challenge Exam – Register for the test in your area
  2. Refresher Course – For those who have taken boating courses before
  3. Complete Course – The best choice and one that every boating family should take together 

We have professional instructors offering courses in your area right now.

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How do I get a replacement card, if I’ve already passed the course?

Replacement Cards cost $21.00 (including HST).
Each additional card per person after costs $10.50 (including HST). 

You have 2 options for replacement:

  1. Fill out this form and email it to admin@sailing.ca
  2. Contact us over the phone, or by email to get your replacement today!







It is our belief that a boater who has not received their PCOC would have contacted Sail Canada within a twelve-month period to inquire about the status of the card. Replacement Cards cost $21.00 (including HST). Each additional card per person after costs $10.50 (including HST). The PCOC Replacement Card fee will be levied on individuals with application forms dated prior to twelve (12) months of the request for a PCOC Re-Issue.


Proof of Competency

If you have completed a Sail Canada (formerly CYA) course it may be used as proof of competency to obtain a PCOC. The replacement fee of $21.00 will be charged to obtain a card. These are the Sail Canada courses that are acceptable:

  • Basic (or Intermediate, or Advanced) Cruising
  • Basic (or Intermediate) Power Boating
  • Basic Outboarding

For more information on other acceptable proof of competency, please check out Transport Canada’s Boating Safety FAQ page.


  • Rolex
  • Helly Hansen
  • Skippers' Plan
  • Bank of Montreal
  • Government of Canada