Apply for your skipper’s ticket

Steps you need to take to get your recreational skipper’s ticket so you can operate a powerboat.

You need a recreational skipper’s ticket if you are:

  • over 14
  • operating a boat with a motor more than six horsepower.

The recreational skipper’s ticket is a nationally recognised certificate that shows you have the minimum knowledge and practical skills needed to safely operate a powerboat.

To gain your ticket, you need:

If you do not have a driver’s licence, you need to provide:

You can either complete a paid training course with an authorised provider or study with a workbook and quizzes and learn to drive a boat with a supervising skipper. This person must be at least 18 and hold a recreational skipper’s ticket.

The assessment involves a multiple choice theoretical section and a practical section where you take a short boating trip.

Recreational skipper’s tickets are not needed if the boat:

  • does not have a motor
  • is docked
  • on land
  • has a motor under six horsepower.

You can also find out if your commercial, interstate or overseas qualification is recognised as a recreational skipper’s ticket.

Page reviewed 23 September 2020