Pleasure Craft Operator Card

A Sail Canada Certified Pleasure Craft Operator Card Instructor has the best training to teach you all you will need to know to pass the Transport Canada test.

You have three options:


1. Challenge Exam - Register for the test in your area


2. Refresher Course - For those who have taken boating courses before


3. Complete Course - The best choice and one that every boating family should take together 


We have professional instructors offering courses in your area right now.


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If you are unable to find a SailNL or Sail Canada instructor or course, check out the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron for information on their training schedule.


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Proof of Competency


If you have completed a "CYA" (Sail Canada previously CYA- Canadian Yachting Association)course prior to April 1, 1999 and have documentation, it may be used as proof of competency. These are the Sail Canada courses that are acceptable:


  • Basic (or Intermediate, or Advanced) Coastal Cruising

  • Basic (or Intermediate) Power Boating

  • Basic Outboarding

A copy of your certificate or the card issued at the completion of courses taken prior to April 1, 1999 will need to be carried on board the pleasure craft.


For more information on other acceptable proof of competency, please check out Transport Canada's Boating Safety FAQ page.


Have you already taken the Sail Canada (Previously CYA - Canadian Yachting Association) Pleasure Craft Operator's Card course?


Would you like to purchase an additional replacement card?  Replacement Cards cost $21.00 (including HST).  Each additional card per person costs $10.50 (including HST).  Submit the form below to get yours.


It is our belief that a boater who has not received their PCOC would have contacted Sail Canada within a twelve-month period to inquire about the status of the card.  Replacement Cards cost $21.00 (including HST).  Each additional card per person after costs $10.50 (including HST).  The PCOC Replacement Card fee will be levied on individuals with application forms fated prior to twelve (12) months of the request for a PCOC Re-Issue.


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ROC (M) - VHF Certificate


The ROC license is a Canadian Federal government issued card that allows you to operate a marine VHF radio. As a result of a new partnership between Sail Canada and the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron, all current Sail Canada instructors with a Maritime Radio Certificate and a Blue Instructor certification, Basic Powerboat Instructor and/or a Basic Learn to Cruise Instructor certification can now instruct the Maritime Radio License Course.


ROC(M) Certificate Information


ROC stands for Restricted Radiotelephone Operator's Certificate and is required by:

Anyone using a marine VHF radio or other marine radios (each person on the boat who will use the radio needs their own card).


There are significant fines if you are found using a VHF or marine radio without your card.


In addition, if you received your ROC card before the new Digital Selective Calling was introduced, then you are encouraged to return and get your DSC endorsement for your ROC card.


All new VHF radios are now being sold with a DSC function that will greatly enhance rescue personnel's ability to assist you in an emergency. Understanding this technology and how to operate it can, in some circumstances, mean the difference between life and death.


Click here to find an instructor running the ROC(M) Course in your area. 


If you are unable to find a SailNL or Sail Canada instructor, check out the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron for information on their training schedule.


US Travel Information


A station licence is not required for Canadian boaters in Canadian waters, but you will need a VHF Station Licence if you plan to voyage in US waters. Plans for a reciprocal agreement relieving Canadian boaters of this requirement, were abandoned due to the change in security attitudes following 9/11. 


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