North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Boating Education Courses

There are several ways to take a NASBLA approved Boating Education Course. Please select the Instructor Led Courses tab or the Online Courses tab where several organizations that offer the course are listed. Click on each organization to find out dates, times, contacts and locations.

  Any person born on or after January 1, 1988 must complete a NASBLA approved boating education course before operating any vessel propelled by a motor of 10 HP or greater.

G.S. 75A-16.2 Boater Safety Education Now Required In North Carolina FAQ's

Click here to find a Wildlife Resources Commission's Boating Education course.

Wildlife Resources Commission's Boating Education course
There is no minimum age requirement, however, coursework is at a sixth grade level, and a comprehensive written exam must be completed unassisted.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary If you have any questions about boating safety courses offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, call 1-800-336-BOAT. 

US Power Squadron home page| Locate USPS public boating classes

If you have any questions about boating safety courses offered by the U.S. Power Squadron, call 1-888-FOR-USPS. 

Lighthouse Marine Service

The websites listed below for online courses on boating safety are not administered by North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Please be advised, the commission only maintains records for courses offered through our agency. If you choose to complete your boating safety training through a source other than the commission, you will be responsible for obtaining the necessary documentation to prove successful completion of the course through the course provider. The courses listed do meet all education certification requirements for North Carolina.