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Who needs to take the Virginia boaters safety course?

All PWC operators age 14 and older and all motorboat operators regardless of age need to take the boating safety course.® is a delegated provider for the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.

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Virginia Boating Safety Education Certificate
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Boating Safety Education Certificate is good for life

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Step 1

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Step 2

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Study & Pass the Online Course

Take the course on desktop, tablet or mobile. We automatically save your progress so you can learn at your own pace.

Step 3

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Print Your Temporary Certificate Immediately

Pass the online quizzes and print your temporary boating certificate immediately.

Step 4

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Hit the water! You're all set to legally operate a boat.

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Virginia Boating Safety Education Certificate

Virginia Boater Safety Course

For a personal watercraft (PWC), the minimum operator age is 14 and operators must complete and pass a boating safety course before they can operate. For a motorboat, there is no minimum operator age and there is no minimum age requirement to attend a NASBLA-approved boating safety course. Youngsters can operate a boat under direct supervision of a person who meets the boating safety education requirement.

Boating Age Requirements

  • No person aged 13 or younger may operate a PWC.
  • PWC operators who are 14 and 15 years of age must have proof of successful completion of an approved boater safety course that is approved by the National Association of Safe Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).

Personal Watercraft (PWC) Age Requirements

  • As of July 1, 2012, all personal watercraft operators, regardless of age, must have proof of successful completion of an approved boating safety course in order to operate a PWC
  • PWC operators who are 14 and 15 years old must have proof of successful completion of a NASBLA-approved boater safety course
  • No person 13 years of age or younger may operate a PWC

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This official Virginia boating safety course is approved by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.

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FAQs about getting a Virginia Boating Certificate

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


How much does the boat safety course cost?


There is a one-time fee of $39.95 paid to®. It includes unlimited attempts at the final exam.


What payment methods are accepted?


We accept payments by VISA, Mastercard, AMEX, PayPal, and Prepaid vouchers.


What is the "Certificate of Completion"?


The Certificate of Completion is a temporary proof of competency and proves that you took a boater education course and passed.


What is the Virginia Boating Safety Education Certificate?


Virginia Boating Safety Education Certificate (also known as the Virginia boating license or boaters license) is proof that you have met the mandatory boat safety education requirements for the State of Virginia. The Virginia Boating Safety Education Certificate is good for life and does not need to be renewed.


I do not have a driver's license. Can I still get the Virginia boater certificate?


Yes. You are not required to have a state driver's license in order to obtain a Boating Safety Education Certificate.


How can I get my Virginia boating certificate?


You can obtain your Virginia Boating Safety Education Certificate in 3 easy steps:

  1. Pay the one-time fee of $39.95 – free unlimited retries of chapter quizzes
  2. Study the Virginia Boaters Safety Course, and pass the end-of-chapter quizzes
  3. Print your Certificate of Completion, and receive your permanent Virginia Boating Safety Education Certificate in the mail within 3-4 weeks

This official Virginia boaters safety course is approved by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.


How long is the boat safety course and boater certificate good for?


The boater certificate is good for life.


Is anyone exempt from obtaining the Virginia boating certificate?


Yes, there are certain exemptions from the boat safety education requirement. For more information, check out the Virginia Boating Laws page.


Is there a time limit to complete the online course?


You can take the online course at any time, day or night. However, courses must be completed within 90 days of payment at which time your access to the course will expire.


Is there a final exam?


There is no final exam. After successfully passing the end-of-chapter quizzes, you will have completed the online course.


What do I need to pass the online Virginia Boater Safety Course?


You need a grade of 90% on each end-of-chapter quiz to pass.
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