Minimum Standards for Boating Safety Education Competency
(1)A person required to possess a boating safety education card in order to operate a motorboat in Oregon must meet the following minimum standards for boating safety education:
(a)Successful completion of a boating safety education course in person and a passing score of at least 70 percent on a written test administered at the conclusion of the course by the instructor or a proctor; or
(b)A score of at least 70 percent on a proctored equivalency exam. Individuals may take the equivalency exam no more than once within any 30-day period; or
(c)A score of at least 80 percent on a correspondence course and self-test provided by the Marine Board to individuals qualifying for hardship status; or
(d)A score of at least 80 percent on a test associated with an internet course; or
(e)Suitable evidence of achieving the minimum standard for boating safety education completion. Proof of completion documents must contain the name of the individual applying for the boater education card and be signed or otherwise certified by the issuing organization. Proof of competency documents include:
(A)A certificate of completion issued by the U.S. Power Squadrons, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Marine Board or other approved course provider; or
(B)A certificate, card, or other official document issued by a proctor stating that the individual passed the equivalency exam with a score of 70 percent or better; or
(C)A certificate, card, or other official document issued by another state or Canada that is equivalent to Oregon’s boating safety education card; or
(D)A U.S. Coast Guard operator’s license either valid or expired. The following designations will be accepted: First Class Pilot; Master of Steam or Motor or Auxiliary Sail Vessels of not more than 25, 50, 100, 150, 200, 500, 1600 or any gross tons; Mate of Steam or Motor or Auxiliary Sail Vessels of not more than 25, 50, 100, 150, 200, 500, 1600 or any gross tons; Operator of Uninspected Towing Vessels Commercial Assistance Towing; Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels; or
(E)A certificate of completion or other official record or document stating that the individual successfully completed the Oregon Marine Safety Law Enforcement Academy; or
(F)A letter from the unit Commanding Officer/Officer in Charge stating that the individual has achieved certification as a U.S. Coast Guard Crewman or Coxswain or similar classification within other branches of the armed forces; or
(G)In the event the original document establishing proof of completion is not available, a signed statement from an approved-course provider of a boating safety course stating that the individual has successfully completed a boating safety education course or equivalency exam will be accepted by the Marine Board.
(2)Correspondence course and self-tests taken after January 1, 2001, except as stated in 250-018-0020 (Minimum Standards for Boating Safety Education Competency) (1)(c), will not meet Marine Board standards.
Rule 250-018-0020 — Minimum Standards for Boating Safety Education Competency,