Our Transport Canada approved on-line Study Guide

Step 1 towards your permanent PCOC

Completing the freecourse.ca Online Study Guide (OSG) is the first step towards getting your Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC).

This Online Study Guide has been approved by Transport Canada strictly on the basis that it meets the requirements of the Standard for Pleasure Operator Card Testing over the Internet (TP 15080E) and the Boating Safety Course and Test Syllabus (TP 14932E). This approval does not represent confirmation of authorship by the course provider.  

The Study Guide is composed of seven (7) chapters covering all of the key boating safety concepts required to successfully pass the Transport Canada PCOC online test.

You must complete the on-line Study Guide before you are eligible to do the Transport Canada PCOC online test.

If you are registered, you can:

  • Take as long as you need to complete the course (up to a year)
  • Study at your own pace, when and where you want
  • Log in and out as needed and continue where you left off
  • No need for a proctor or supervisor while doing the Transport Canada on-line boater test, just you and your computer

Completing the Online Study Guide:

  • Your registration is valid for one year allowing you to study the Online Study Guide at your convenience and your own pace.
  • Transport Canada requires a minimum of three (3) hours of total study time in the Online Study Guide.
  • You must study each timed page in a chapter before you can proceed to the end-of-chapter quiz.
  • You must score a mark of 80% or better in a quiz in order for the system to give you access to the next chapter. If you get less than 80% you will need to re-study the current chapter in order to try the quiz again.
  • Successfully completing all seven chapters of the Online Study Guide gives you access to the online PCOC Test, which contains 50 multiple-choice questions. If you score 75% or better on the PCOC Test, then you pass the test making you eligible to order a PCOC.
  • If you score less than 75% on the PCOC Test, then you will need to wait 24 hours before the sytem will let you try the PCOC Test again.
  • When you pass the PCOC test, two new buttons will appear on your account page, labelled as follows:
    1. Order Official PCOCs – Clicking this button will let you purchase your official, permanent PCOC for only $20.95. Additional duplicate PCOCs ordered at the same time as the first are only $6.95 each. All of our prices include tax and shipping .
    2. Print Temporary PCOC – Clicking on this button will let you print a temporary certificate, good for 60 days.

Study Guide Chapters

(Not logged in - Chapter 1 is availabe for preview only)