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We need trainers and testing agents in every community across Canada, including areas already listed on our Testing Centres page. If you are interested in supervising boater tests or in teaching our course, please review the information below and contact us at support@safetyafloat.ca.

About Us

Under its Operator Competency Program Transport Canada has approved freecourse.ca as a fully accredited boating safety course provider and has authorized freecourse.ca to train and test boaters and to issue the official Transport Canada PCOC (Pleasure Craft Operator Card).

We created freecourse.ca to provide boaters with the most affordable way to write a Transport Canada accredited Operator Proficiency Test. Our online course is free, we charge half of what our major competitors charge to write the test, and we charge only $19.95 to replace lost or damaged PCOCs (other course providers charge $25 or more).

On-Paper Tests

To maintain the integrity of the Transport Canada's Operator Competency Program, all on-paper Operator Proficiency Tests must be supervised. Boaters can write the on-paper test under the supervision of a testing agent for a fee of $25. The Candidate pays the testing fee to the testing agent when the boater writes the test. If you fail on the first attempt, the second attempt costs only $19.95.

We do not have enough testing agents to meet demand for our services and we need trustworthy agents everywhere, including areas already listed on our Testing Centres page. When the Candidate completes a boater test, it is corrected by the testing agent. The test contains 50 questions of which the Candidate must answer 38 (75%) correctly. If the Candidate passes, the testing agent issues a Temporary Operator Card to the Candidate and then the original corrected answer sheet and a $19.95 processing fee (half the fee paid by the Candidate to write the test) are forwarded by the testing agent to freecourse.ca. Upon receipt of an original corrected answer sheet and processing fee, freecourse.ca reviews the corrected test, creates a database file, orders an official Transport Canada Pleasure Craft Operator Card, and has the PCOC forwarded directly to the Candidate by first class mail. Typically, Candidates receive their PCOC within three weeks of when we receive the corrected answer sheet from the testing agent). There is no cost to become a testing agent. Individuals who we certify to become testing agents receive our standard testing centre kit. There is no cost for the kit, which remains the property of freecourse.ca.

Training

We do not have enough trainers to meet demand for our services and we are looking for new trainers in all parts of Canada. If you decide to conduct in-class boater safety training in addition to testing, freecourse.ca will provide you with training materials and start-up support. Most of the fees for our four-hour in-class course (usually $50 to $65) are kept by the instructor (the only fee forwarded to freecourse.ca is always our standard $19.95 per card processing fee). There is no cost to join our network as a trainer. Individuals who become approved freecourse.ca trainers receive our standard in-class training kit. There is no cost for the kit, which remains the property of freecourse.ca.

Contact Us

Note: We are often out of the office. The best way to contact us is via e-mail.

Jim Steeves, P.Eng., MBA
Manager - Training and Testing
freecourse.ca *
565 Edison Avenue
Ottawa, ON, K2A 1V5
E-mail: support@safetyafloat.ca **

*   freecourse.ca is our registered company name
** to keep our phone lines clear, the best way to reach us is always via e-mail, which allows us to respond to you at any time from anywhere.

Student Support

If you have a question about boating safety, please contact our free student support service at support@safetyafloat.ca.

To Report Web Site Problems

To provide comments or suggestions regarding the content, design, or functionality of our web site or to report problems, please contact us at support@safetyafloat.ca.

Five percent of our revenues go to organisations that provide child development services, community assistance, and environmental protection (see list).


Transport Canada Accreditted

freecourse.ca is accredited by Transport Canada to deliver boating safety courses and administer tests for the issuance of Pleasure Craft Operator Cards (PCOCs), including replacement cards, under the Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations.

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