The MED A4 was a one day course for Basic Safety and Operator Proficiency for Small Non-Pleasure Vessel
This Certificate has now been dropped by Transport Canada as the requirements were almost the same as the
If you have previously obtained this certificate, it is still valid.
MED A3 is the course which is a pre-requisite for the SVOP.
I recently had an inquiry from a former student where his company had informed him that he would need a PCOC to
replace his MED A4. I contacted Transport Canada in Ottawa and spoke with Mario Lavoie and Terry SanCartier
and received the following from Terry:
Following our discussion over the telephone yesterday, I can confirm the
The MED A4 is recognized as proof of competency when operating a boat fitted with a motor that
is used for recreational purposes.
For the purposes of MPR, subsection 205(3), a training certificate from previously conducted
approved MED A4 is valid:
i) in lieu of the Pleasure Craft Operator Card; and
ii) on vessels of not more than 15 gross tonnage operating not more than 2 miles from
shore in sheltered waters, other than passenger carrying vessels and fishing vessels.
I’ve attached a copy of the ship safety bulletin. (SSB 11/2007)
Standards and Policy Development Officer / Agent d'élaboration des normes et des politiques
National Pleasure Craft Operator Competency Program / Programme
nationale de compétence des conducteurs d’embarcations de plaisance
Marine Safety and Security | Sécurité et sûreté
Transport Canada | Transports
My note: If you are carrying
passengers, such as transporting workers to their work site, operating more than 2 miles form shore in
sheltered waters or operating in Near Coastal Class 2 waters, you will require the SVOP