A new law passed by the federal government now requires all Canadians to carry a boating license when operating a powered watercraft. You will not be allowed to take your boat out without it. Hence, it is important to know about the Ontario practice test.
In order to get the license you will have to appear for an exam. You can give it online at BOATERexam.com. Once you pass the exam, your boat operator license will be mailed directly to your home.
In the meantime if you want to operate your boat, you can print a temporary license and use it while waiting for your permanent card to arrive.
All the required information and study material for boating training can be found easily on BOATERexam.com.
You have to register on the website and gain access to the courses for studying. The exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions and the time to solve it is 1 hour 15 minutes. You have to score at least 75% in order to clear it.
After clearing the exam, your pleasure craft operator card will take between 3-5 weeks to arrive. Since this a long time, you may print a temporary operator card to use while you wait for the permanent license to arrive.
The cost of the exam is $44.95+tax. This includes exam fee and the fee for shipping the card to your home. There is no cost to retake the exam if it is required.
If you are unable to pass the exam in your first attempt, you will be able to retake the exam after 24 hours for free of cost. If you are unable to pass it in your second attempt as well, then you will have to register again and retake the entire online course and appear for the exam.
There is no exemption for any age. Anyone who operates the boat has to have a pleasure craft operator card.
The card is valid in each province of Canada including Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Newfoundland, and Labrador.
Once the operator card is made, it is good for life. Plus, there are no annual fees.
Any boat with an engine or motor or a sailboat that is 19 ½ in length or longer requires a boating license to be operated.
The eligibility criteria for applying for a boating license is at least 16 years of age. Children aged between 12 and 16 may apply for a special permit which allows them to operate the boat.
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