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What is the Powered Pleasure Craft Driving License (PPCDL)/ Advanced Powered Pleasure Craft Driving Licence (APPCDL)?


This is a course that you have to take before you can apply for your exam to obtain your licence (issued by the Port Master) to drive any sort of pleasure craft that has a motor onboard (with SZ or SZH licence prefixes) within Singapore port limits. Learn all about navigating Singapore’s labyrinth of flukes and channels in complete safety. Charts, navigation buoys, and rules of the road are just a small part of it!




What is the process of getting a PPCDL/APPCDL?


PPCDL Course is split into 3 parts. They are:

PPCDL Course - This is a 2 day course conducted at one of the appointed PPCDL & APPCDL Training Centers in Singapore. 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.

Theory test - This is a test conducted at the Singapore Martitime Academy located in 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.

Practical exam - This is a practical examination conducted at Poly Marina. The pre-requisite for this exam is the certificate of passing of the theory test.

For more information on the PPCDL entry requirements and examinations, check out Singapore Maritime Academy.




Where are the PPCDL and APPCDL Training Centres?





Should I take a PPCDL or APPCDL?


PPCDL is the course you have to take before you can apply for your exams to obtain your licence (issued by the Port Master) to drive any sort of pleasure craft that has a motor onboard (with SZ or SZH licence prefixes) within Singapore Port limits.
PPCDL is a pre-requisite to taking the APPCDL. APPCDL is required to drive any pleasure craft on length more than 24metres.




What happens when my PPCDL/APPCDL expires?


If you are holding an expired PPCDL/APPCDL, please note the procedure to renew the PPCDL/APPCDL as follows. You are required to retake the PPCDL/APPCDL course conducted by any of the recognised PPCDL/APPCDL centres or retake the PPCDL/APPCDL examinations. The licence will only be renewed with the Certificate of Attendance issued by the PPCDL/APPCDL centre or the PPCDL/APPCDL Examination Result.

All licence holders are required to pass a medical examination, commencing from age 65, and once every three years thereafter, that is 65, 68, 71, 74, 77, 80 and so on.




What are the entry requirements to take up a PPCDL?


It is suitable for all members of the public who meet the entry requirements as follows:

  1. Be at least 16 years of age.
  2. Have successfully completed an approved PPCDL course at any of the PPCDL Centres approved by MPA.
  3. Produce a valid certificate by a medical practitioner certifying that you have passed an eyesight test and are not physically handicapped.
  4. Successfully passed the PPCDL Examinations conducted by the Singapore Maritime Academy, Singapore Polytechnic.




What is the validity of a PPCDL & APPCDL?


From 1 Oct 2005, PPCDL & APPCDL are issued with a lifetime validity and are printed on plastic. Besides being more durable, they have improved security features to prevent tampering and forgery. Replacement of the PPCDL/APPCDL is not required unless it is damaged or lost.

The fee payable is $20.00. Licensee who prefers a PPCDL with a shorter duration can opt for a 5-year validity at a fee of $10.00.

The non-lifetime PPCDL must be renewed before its expiry. If the licence is renewed after expiry, the holder is required to retake the PPCDL course conducted by any of the recognised PPCDL centres listed or retake the PPCDL examination.




Application of a new APPCDL


In order to qualify for the issuance of a APPCDL by MPA, the applicant must:

a) be at least 18 years of age;

b) have successfully completed an approved course in the handling of an Advanced Powered pleasure craft, conducted at Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA)5 ;

c) produce a valid certificate issued by a medical practitioner certifying that he/she has passed a sight test and is not physically handicapped;

d) successfully completed the APPCDL Examinations conducted by the Singapore Maritime Academy

For application of a new APPCDL, submit the following via MARINET at https://marinet.mpa.gov.sg. For SingPass holders, please choose ‘Individual’ and enter SingPass to logon and perform the application. If you do not have SingPass, please choose ‘Online Forms’ to perform the application. Alternatively, you can make the application at MPA's One-Stop Document Centre (OSDC):

a) copy of result slip of the APPCDL Examination from the Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA);

b) Identity Card (for Singapore citizens and permanent residents) and Passport/ FIN (for foreigners).

c) 1 recent passport-sized photograph;

Application for a new APPCDL must be made within 1 year of passing the examination, if not, the applicant will have to retake the examination.

After you have submitted the online application, it will be processed within the next working day. Thereafter you will receive an email alert to make a payment of by NETS, debit or credit cards online. The receipt will serve as a temporary licence while the driving licence card is being manufactured and then posted to your residential address within a further 2 weeks.

Foreign pleasure craft driving licences are not convertible to our local licences due to the need for MPA to ensure adequate knowledge of local waters which is done via the PPCDL and APPCDL exams.




How does the PPCDL & APPCDL look like?





Application of a new PPCDL


In order to qualify for the issuance of a PPCDL by MPA, the applicant must:

a) be at least 16 years of age;

b) have successfully completed an approved course in the handling of a powered pleasure craft, conducted at any of the PPCDL Centres2 approved by MPA;

c) produce a valid certificate issued by a medical practitioner certifying that he/she has passed a sight test and is not physically handicapped;

d) successfully completed the PPCDL Examinations conducted by the Singapore Maritime Academy

For application of a new PPCDL, submit the following via MARINET at https://marinet.mpa.gov.sg For SingPass holders, please choose ‘Individual’ and enter SingPass to logon and perform the application. If you do not have SingPass, please choose ‘Online Forms’ to perform the application.

a) copy of result slip of the PPCDL Examination from the Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA);

b) Identity Card (for Singapore citizens and permanent residents) and Passport/ FIN (for foreigners).

c) 1 recent passport-sized photograph;

Application for a new PPCDL must be made within 1 year of passing the examination. Thereafter, applicant has to retake the examination.





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