Pleasure Craft Operator Card,
also known as a PCOC, is proof of competency under the Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft
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
Passenger vessels, 6 or less passengers and 8 m. or
less in length, operating in Sheltered Waters, a PCOC is the minimum
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
For further details, see the FAQ page.