Course Link: https://www.boat-ed.com/iowa/
Rules & regulations: https://www.boat-ed.com/iowa/boating_law/
Course Cost: The Iowa Boat Ed Course fee is $39.95, and a $5.00 state fee.
Who requires the course: Iowa law requires all boat operators between the ages of 12 and 17 to pass a boater safety course and to carry a boater education card.
Age Restriction: You must be at least 12 years old to take this online course.
Residency Requirement: You do not have to be a resident of Iowa to take this online course.
Format: Online Only & Timed (3-hour min. online study)
Course Time: On average it will take 4-6 hours to complete.
Course Time Limit: You have 90 days to complete the course.
Chapters: 6 Chapters in total.
Quizzes and/or Exams:
- Quizzes: Each quiz has 10 questions. If you fail a unit quiz, you must restudy the unit and take the quiz again until you pass. You must score at least 80% on the unit quizzes to pass.
- Exam: The Certification Exam is the exam you take at the end of the online course. The exam is 60 questions, you must score at least 80% on the Certification Exam to pass. You have 2 attempts to pass the Certification Exam. If you do not pass the exam in the 2 attempts given, you will be required to repeat the entire course. If you don’t complete the exam in one session, don’t worry. When you log in later, you will be taken to the first unanswered question of the exam.
- Once you pass and pay for the online course, you will be able to immediately print out the Boater Education Certificate. This is your proof of online course completion. You can print the Boater Education Certificate right then, and/or request that a PDF be emailed to you. This certificate expires 60 days after course completion.
- The Boater Education Certificate is proof that you have successfully completed all the education requirements. The Boater Education Certificate will arrive within 2-3 weeks after you complete all certification requirements.
To replace a lost, destroyed, or damaged Kansas Boater Education Certificate, go to https://ilostmycard.com/.
State Contact Information
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Do I have to complete the course all at once?
You may complete the course at your own pace. The course can be completed in one sitting or completed a little at a time over several days. All pay-up-front courses are available for 90 days from the time of registration and payment.
Is the Iowa Boat Ed Course approved by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources?
The Iowa Boat Ed Course is approved and accepted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Is my Iowa Boater Education Certificate accepted elsewhere?
For visiting boaters, most states, territories, and provinces will recognize boating education cards that meet NASBLA requirements and Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Cards that meet Transport Canada’s requirements. (This is known as “reciprocity.”) Please contact the visiting state, territory, or province for rules regarding their reciprocity.
Will my progress get saved if I log out?
Yes, your progress will be saved when you log out of your course.