You will need to pass a closed book multiple choice test in the presence of our approved ABC instructor. You need to get 34/40 or better to pass. If you get between 30 and 33 out of 40 you fail but can resit another test immediately although charges will apply if on the Assessment Only Course (there are 5 different tests). If you get lower than 30 or fail the second test you must come back another day, you cannot move onto the practical until you have passed the theory.
It is essential you know the online theory training well and have spent hours going over it otherwise it is too difficult to pass. Common sense will not get you through but if you do the online work you will pass the theory but there are no shortcuts. Please bear this in mind when choosing your course.
Once you pass the theory the fun part starts where we put it all together on the boat. There are 11 practical tasks which are all available online on our Australian Boating College YouTube channel so you know what to expect. The practical is very straightforward, we demonstrate the tasks you practice the tasks and when you are ready we go into test mode and you do a little circuit which usually only takes 10 minutes and you are done. We provide full training in either course for the practical, driving a boat is not overly difficult but remembering all the steps you need to do is the hard part. It’s like doing a driving lesson just before you do your test.
Once passed the practical you need to pay the $33.55 Department of Transport fee and then we issue you with an interim RST which allows you to skipper your recreational vessel immediately. We lodge your paperwork and the $33.55 fee with the Department of Transport and then about 6 weeks later you get your plastic Recreational Skippers Ticket in the mail that never expires.