Alberta: Boating License Courses

The opportunities to enjoy your favourite water sport in Alberta feature many options. Numerous waterways in provincial parks and recreational areas permit power boating, waterskiing and jet boating.

Alberta Boating Regulations

As of September 15, 2009 all boaters operating on Alberta waters are required to have the Pleasure Craft Operator Card in order to operate a powered watercraft. This is a federal law that applies in all provinces, including Alberta. Powered watercraft includes watercraft fitted with any size motor — even an electric trolling motor.

There are several methods for one to obtain their card:

Online Course and Exam

Take your exam on the internet. Effective April 15th, 2011 the online exam process will change to a more comprehensive format, including a minimum 3 hours of study time.

Challenge Exam

Students may challenge the exam in person at various boat shows and tradeshows across Canada, such as the Calgary Boat Show, Edmonton Boat Show, and at Bass Pro Shops.