British Columbia Travel Guide
The unofficial BC Travel & Tourism Guide
What Is A Pleasure Craft Operator Card?
A Pleasure Craft Operator Card proves that you have gained the knowledge to safely operate a motorized pleasure craft on Canada’s waterways.

Who Needs a PCOC?
  • All operators of motorized vessels regardless of age, size of boat or engine horsepower
  • No grandfather clause or age exemption
  • Boaters caught without the card face a minimum $250 fine

This applies to all persons who operate a powered watercraft fitted with any size or type of motor – even trolling and electric motors. The PCOC is the most common proof of competency in Canada.

How Do Boaters Obtain Their Card?
The easiest way for boaters to obtain their Pleasure Craft Operator Card is by successfully passing a Transport Canada Accredited, multiple choice exam at