Canada. Transport Canada

Site: Ottawa

Service: Office of Boating Safety - Pleasure Craft Operator Card

Description
Description (Service) Operators of pleasure craft fitted with a motor and used for recreational purposes are required to have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, (PCOC), as proof of competency on board at all times * requirement to have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) was introduced to improve competency and safety of Canadians using boats for recreational purposes 
 
Testing and Courses 
 
* to obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card it is necessary to pass an accredited test  
 
* Transport Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard do not teach boating safety courses or offer testing * private companies administer all courses and tests and issue all cards  
 
* Boating Safety courses cover a full range of basic boating information such as minimum safety equipment requirements required on board your boat, Canadian Buoy system, how to share waterways, a review of all pertinent regulations and how to respond in an emergency situation  
 
* courses can be taken in class, by correspondence, on the Internet, or a training manual can be purchased, from an accredited training organization or downloaded from the website of an accredited training organization, to be studied independently before taking the test  
 
* to find out where you can write the test, take a course in your area, or possibly download a training manual visit website listed above, go to menu on right hand side 'Office of Boating Safety' and click on 'Courses' * click on "List of all TC-Accredited Course Providers" and view the list
Service Details
Public Comments Although it is commonly referred to as a "boating licence", the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) is actually a "Competency Card" * by successfully passing the test and obtaining an Operator Card individuals have proven their competency as a safe boat operator * Canadian law does not require recreational boaters to obtain a boating licence, the only legal requirement for boaters is to carry proof of competency (i.e. Pleasure Craft Operator Card) on board at all times 
 
For full information about the Pleasure Craft Licensing System see BAR2788
Hours Boating Safety Info line: Mon-Fri 8 am-5 pm
Areas Served Canada
Eligibility Any person operating a pleasure craft fitted with a motor
Application Call Boating Safety Info-Line or visit Transport Canada's Boating Safety website for more information
Languages English ; French
Fees Program - call organization offering course or testing for information on fees
Address and Location
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
Transport Canada
330 Sparks St
Ottawa, ON K1A 0N8
 
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Intersection Queen St and Lyon St N
Physical Access Not Applicable
Contact Information
Office Phone Boating Safety Info line: 1-800-267-6687
Website www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/debs-obs-paperwork-paperwork_operatorfaq-2233.htm

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