Getting your PPCDL

Getting your Private Pleasure Craft Driving License (PPCDL) is the 1st step in your boating journey. PPCDL is needed for you to legally drive a boat up to 24m in length in Singapore. Do note that this license may not be recognized in other parts of the world. Getting your PPCDL is split into 3 parts. They are:

  1. PPCDL Course - this is a 2 day course conducted at one of the appointed PPCDL centers in Singapore. TBSA operates out of RSYC and conducts the PPCDL course at the premises.  This is a popular location for the PPCDL course as the practical examination is conducted in the same area as our PPCDL practical session. The course is split into elearning, theory (Virtual or Classroom) and practical sessions. A PPCDL certificate will be issued to trainees who have completed the course. You will need the PPCDL certificate to apply for your theory test.  
  2.  Theory test - This is a test conducted at Singapore Polytechnic's premises. You need to get at least 26 or more out of 30 questions correct to pass the test. The pre-requisite for this test is the completion certificate from the PPCDL course and also an eye sight test.
  3.  Practical exam - This is a practical examination conducted at SMA's location at West Coast Ferry Road. This location is right next to RSYC and share the same training/test grounds as RSYC. The pre-requisite for this exam is the certificate of passing of the theory test. 

We now run our PPCDL Course both VIRTUALLY and  IN-CLASSROOM setting. In view of COVID19 restrictions, students can now sign up for the virtual class and do the practical course after the restrictions are lifted. Click below to sign up for the course.

We've gotten feedback from trainees from other centers that the typical theory and practical tests have a low pass rate. However, at TBSA, we have a number of aids to help you get through both tests the 1st time round. They are:

Online Learning - We subscribe to Talentlms for our PPCDL and competency courses. All of our training materials and more can be accessed online on this site so you can literally learn anywhere where you have an internet connection. We also have PPCDL theory sample test questions in there with automatic grading to let you have a sense of where you stand on the theory test. This facility is available as part of your course curriculum. 

Feedback - You will receive a an online course feedback request when you complete your course. We would like your feedback so that we can continue to improve the course, boats, instructors and overall learning experience. Of course, the most important part of the course is to figure out what you want to do when you get your license.  And we can certainly help you figure that out. 

For more information, please call Amanda @ 65-96618345 or write to

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