Boat and PWC licence knowledge tests

Before you apply for a general boat or personal watercraft (PWC) licence you will need to pass a paper-based knowledge test.

Booking your boat licence knowledge test

Once you’re ready, you can book a licence knowledge test at any Service NSW centre.

Book your boat licence knowledge test

Book your PWC licence knowledge test

You can also sit for the boat licence knowledge test with an Authorised Training Provider as part of their practical boating experience course.

Applying for your licence

General boat and PWC driving licences are issued for one, three, five or ten years. They are issued as paper licences to be used until a plastic licence card is sent to your mailing address. Digital boat licences are also available.

If you pass the knowledge test at a Service NSW centre, and have your documentation with you, you’ll receive your licence at the end of the test.

If you’ve passed the knowledge test through an Authorised Traning Provider (ATP), you’ll need to apply for your licence in person at Service NSW centre or by post.

What you’ll need to bring

Applicants under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. This adult must also provide acceptable proof of their identity.

Applying by post

Send your application, including all documentation listed above to:

Transport for NSW
Maritime Branch
Agency Business Centre
PO Box 21
Parkes NSW 2870

What is the boat licence knowledge test?

There are two types of boat licence knowledge tests – general boat licence test and PWC licence knowledge test.

General boat licence knowledge test

The general boat licence knowledge test consists of 50 multiple choice questions. You must answer the first 20 questions correctly. In the next 30 questions you must answer 24 correctly.

If you fail, you can attempt the knowledge test again, however, a fee applies for each test attempt.

PWC licence knowledge test

If you already hold a general boat driving licence, you can upgrade to a PWC licence by taking the PWC licence knowledge test. This test consists of 15 questions. You must answer at least 12 of these correctly.

How to study for the test

Everything you need to know to pass the boat licence knowledge test is in the following handbooks and boating knowledge test questions:

You can also get a free copy of the handbooks from any Service NSW centre.

Boating and PWC practice quiz

Our boating knowledge test questions and online quiz help you practice for the general boating or PWC licence test.

The questions we use in the knowledge test questions and in the practice quiz are taken from the pool of questions asked in the boating and PWC licence tests. They help you review your knowledge and understanding of the boating rules and regulations.

You can check your answers on the final page of the knowledge test questions, or as you answer each question in the boating quiz.

More information to help you study for the test is also available in the Boating Handbook and the safety and rules section of our Website.

Knowledge test questions

Online boating quiz

We are updating the online Boating Quiz to make it easier and faster to use, and thank you for your patience with the current quiz that is sometimes slow.

When you launch the quiz, please select either the General Boat or PWC knowledge quiz.

Launch the boating knowledge quiz
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