Who needs a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) in Alberta?

Anyone operating a motorized pleasure craft in Alberta is required to obtain proof of education from a Transport Canada–approved course.

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What is the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)?

The PCOC is proof of competency that shows boaters understand how to operate a boat safely. This is achieved through taking the boater safety course online or in person and passing the final exam.



Who Needs Proof of Competency in Canada?

All Canadian residents operating a power-driven boat on Canadian waters (except for Nunavut and the Northwest Territories) need to carry proof of competency. Non-residents must also show proof of competency if they operate a craft that is registered in Canada or operate a motorized craft on Canadian waters for more than 44 consecutive days.

Is the Pleasure Craft Operator Card the Same as a Boating Licence?

The PCOC does not expire and therefore is not called a licence. Only a PCOC is required to legally operate a motor-powered boat on Canadian waters.


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Boating in Alberta

Alberta’s stunning lakes and rivers offer some type of fun activity for every boater, whether it’s fishing, wakeboarding, pleasure boating or going out for a rip on a personal watercraft. And we haven’t even touched on canoeing and kayaking!

Before you set out for that pristine mountain river or lake, make sure you have your boating licence on board.

Look for the best places to boat in: Canada, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Ontario.


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Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some common questions about safe boating rules & regulations.


Q. Is there an age exemption clause?

A. No, there is no age exemption—the law applies to all operators, regardless of age.

Q. Is the Pleasure Craft Operator Card good for life?

A. Yes, this card is good for life with no annual fees.

Q. What if I lose my Pleasure Craft Operator Card?

A. You can order a replacement card by clicking Lost your card? in the top menu or by contactin us at 1-866-688-2628 to order another card.

Q. In which province is the Pleasure Craft Operator Card valid?

A. The card is valid in each province.



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