Boat and PWC licence knowledge tests

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

Booking your boat licence knowledge test

You can take your boat licence knowledge test at an Authorised Training Provider or at Service NSW.

Authorised Training Provider provide practical training, theory and testing as part of their practical courses.

You also have the option of taking a test at Service NSW. You can book a licence knowledge test at any Service NSW centre.

Book your boat licence knowledge test

Book your PWC licence knowledge test

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.

In the first section, Section A, you must answer 24 out of the 30 questions correctly. In Section B, you must answer all 20 questions correctly.

If you fail, you can attempt the knowledge test again. At Service NSW 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 test

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

The questions we use in the knowledge test questions and in the practice test 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 practice test.

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 Practice Test

You can select with General Boat Knowledge Test or Personal Watercraft Knowledge Test when you launch the Practice Test.

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