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
Recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard, approved by NASBLA and your state boating license agency.
Here's how to get started or return to your course:
We launched a completely new platform for our free online course on 11/18/2020!
Our old course system is officially retired but if you need to access your certificate of completion, you can request a copy through this form or you can look up your record directly with the state of Texas here.
For a brief tutorial on getting started in the new system or to contact us, click here.
*Texas state fee:
The Texas state certification requires a fee which is collected in advance. The course is free, but the $11 fee for state certification is remitted to the state of Texas upon completion.
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Texas has a mandatory education law for certain boaters. All boaters born on or after September 1, 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 on or after September 1, 1993 include:
- Operating your vessel 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 Boater Education — Texas Parks & Wildlife Department for more information or call 512-389-4846 and select prompt 4.
How Do I Get My Texas Certificate?
The Texas state certification requires a fee that is collected in advance. The course is free, but the $11 fee for state certification is remitted to the state of Texas upon completion.
The state of Texas no longer issues hard plastic cards. You will receive an emailed electronic copy from the state upon completion within 7 days. After that time, you may also look up your certificate directly through the TPW website.
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In our new online learning system, take it on any device with an internet connection and automatically have your progress saved when the window is closed.*
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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
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