The BoatUS Foundation's Online Course is the only FREE Online Boating Safety Course approved by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department to satisfy the mandatory education requirements for boaters and PWC operators born on or after September 1, 1993.Register Today
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Texas has a mandatory education law for certain boaters. All boaters born after August 31, 1993 must complete a TPWD approved course and be certified with the TPWD to operate:
- Any vessel over 15 horse power
- Any windblown vessel over 14 feet
- All personal watercraft
Exemptions for those born after August 31, 1993 include:
- Operating your motorcraft on private waters
- Boaters who are accompanied by a person 18 or older who is exempt from mandatory education
- Boaters who are residents of another state that have passed a TPWD approved course in another state
Not all non-proctored courses are accepted for certification. Persons of the required mandatory education age must carry a photographic ID card and a boater education certification card issued by the TPWD while boating.
Visit tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/boat/ for more information or contact the state boating education office at (800) 792-1112.
How Do I Get My Texas Certificate?
As of 1/1/2020, the Texas course will require an $11 fee for completion. This fee is required by the state and no refunds or discounts are available. You must pay this fee by purchasing your temporary certificate of completion via emailed PDF. Your completion record will not be sent to the state unless you complete this step.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Below are some common questions asked about our FREE boating safety course.
- How much does the course cost?
The BoatU.S. Foundation is a free NASBLA approved course. When you finish, you can print your certificate on your own printer or order a printed paper certificate($8) or plastic card($13) for a fee. Some states will charge additional fees to issue you a permanent state ID verifying completion of a boating safety course. Be sure to read your state's Mandatory Eduation Requirements for more information.
- How do I print my certificate?
Instructions for Users With a Printer:
- Once you have completed all included lessons for a course you will be awarded a certificate of completion (if applicable) which you can print yourself from your My Account screen. It will appear on the left under the calendar as shown in the image (Figure A) above.
- Click on your state name to bring up your printing options (Figure B). To print a paper copy of your certificate click "Print Certificate".
- After you choose "Print Certificate", a separate window will pop-up and you may briefly see the certificate before it moves off screen and your print dialog appears. Then select your printer from the list and click OK. Do not assume that your certificate won't print just because you can't see it.
- How long is my certificate valid?
Your boating safety certificate will never expire. It is valid for life.
- I took the course a while ago, how do I re-print my certificate?
If you took the course prior to August 1, 2010, to re-print your certificate at any time, follow these steps:
- Click on the course you originally took below. (If you cannot remember which course you took please call us at 800-245-2628)
- Enter you email address and first name (make sure you enter the email you used when you registered with the course originally).
- Click Get Previous Certificate and follow the prompts
If you took the course after August 1, 2010, to re-print your certificate at any time, follow these steps:
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Great course, and so much more convenient than going at night for several nights... Keep up the great work, and see you on the water.Gene
Thank you so much! This was a great course and I learned so much. Hope you have a great weekend!Lindsay
Thank you. The information that you gave me allowed me to complete the course. Your assistance was very much appreciated.D. White
Thank you so much! You folks are so kind. Good luck with the updates and have safe boating fun this summer!Brennan
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