Operator Card (PCOC) - FAQ

The Compentency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations require operators of pleasure craft fitted with a motor and used for recreational purposes to have proof of competency on board at all times. These requirements are being phased in over ten years.

Date at which proof of competency is required

How this applies to operators** of pleasure craft fitted with a motor and used for recreational purposes
1. All operators born after April 1, 1983
September 15, 1999

2.All operators of craft under 4 m in length,including personal watercraft
September 15, 2002

3.All operators
September 15, 2009

* These requirements apply in areas outside the Northwest and Nunavut Territories at this time.
** Applies to non-residents operating their pleasure craft in Canadian waters after 44 consecutive days. Operator card or equivalent issued to a non-resident by their state or country will be considered as proof of competency.