The Pleasure Craft Operator Card, also known as a PCOC, is proof of competency under the Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations.

As of September 15, 2009 any person operating any powered recreational boat must have proof of competency.


Proof of previous training (until 03/31/1999) such as Canadian Power Squadron or Sail Canada, (CYA) courses.


If you are taking the SVOP certificate, you do not need a PCOC as the SVOP certificate is a much higher standard.

For small non-pleasure vessels:

Passenger vessels, 6 or less passengers and 8 m. or less in length, operating in Sheltered Waters, a PCOC is the minimum requirement.

Work Boat, 8 m. or less, less than 2 nautical miles from shore in Near Coastal, Class 2 or in Sheltered Waters, PCOC is the minimum requirement.

For further details, see the FAQ page.

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