While we have both been around boats our whole lives, neither one of us has ever obtained any official licences or certifications for operating a vessels on the water. Since we are just starting out and will eventually be chartering vessels as well as maintaining our own, we needed to get established in officialdom.
As I was referred to Canada Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS) for educations purposes, I noticed on their site that they offered an online Pleasure Craft Operator Certificate Course, which is now required by law in Canada.
My completion of this course through their website also got me a 1 year membership with CPS. They just celebrated their 75th Anniversary and have over 26,000 active members, so it will be a good place to learn and meet new people with the same goals.