Boater Info

Is an Equivalency Exam right for me?

The equivalency exam is a 75-question, multiple-choice exam designed for experienced boaters. This test is offered by local county sheriff's offices or Boat Oregon classroom course instructors. Study materials are available from your local county sheriff's office, or through the Marine Board by request. 

Pre-registration is required. Often times officers are on patrol in the field, so please leave your name and contact phone number and your call will be returned about registering for an equivalency exam. If you require assistance scheduling an exam, please contact OSMB at (503) 378-8587 and ask for the Education section. 

Other testing options include internet courses and classroom courses.

Equivalency Exams are proctored by Marine Patrol officers in the following counties.
​​County ​Details 
​Baker  Baker City - Call Dispatch at (541) 523-6415, ask for Dep. Adam Robb for information on local equivalency exams and to set up a time for the exam
​Benton Corvallis - Pre-registration required. Call Sgt. Toby Bottorff at (541) 766-6099 for an appointment.  Exams are given at their office at 185 NW 5th, Corvallis
​Clackamas Clackamas - Pre-register through the Clackamas County Sheriff's Boathouse at (503) 655-8650.  Leave a message on the answering machine with your name, phone number and desire to take an equivalency exam.  A deputy will contact you when two or more are signed up, to schedule an exam date/time that works best.  Testing is at the sheriff's office, located at 82nd & Sunnybrook in Clackamas.
​Clatsop Astoria - Pre-register through the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office. Call (503) 325-8635 and ask for a Marine Deputy. Leave a message with your name, phone number, and desire to take an equivalency exam. Test location is the Sheriff's Office 355 7th. 
​Columbia St. Helens - Call the sheriff's office at (503) 366-4611 for information on equivalency exams.
​Coos Coos Bay - Call Deputy Doug Strain at (541) 396-7809 for information on equivalency exams.
​Crook Prineville - One-hour Equivalency Exam offered periodically.  Pre-study is required.  You must obtain the Boat Oregon Book from the Sheriff's Office, 308 E. 2nd St. in Prineville and study the material in order to pass.  Those who pass will be eligible to obtain their Boater Education Card through the Oregon State Marine Board.  All material will be provided by the Sheriff's Office.  For more information please call The Crook County Marine Patrol Office at (541) 447-6398.
​Curry Gold Beach - Curry County Sheriff's Office is located at 450 N. Ellensburg. For more information contact Deputy Ted Heath at (541) 247-3250.
​Deschutes Bend - For information, please contact the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office at (541) 388-6501.​ Exams held at 63333 West Highway 20 -Sheriff's Office. 
​Douglas Roseburg - Call Deputy Brian Melvin at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at (541) 440-4447 for more information and to schedule an exam.
​Gilliam None offered at this time. 
​Grant None offered at this time. 
​Harney Burns: Call Sr. Tr. Randy Caldwell with OSP at (541) 573-6132 ext. 23 to pre-register.
​Hood Hood River - Tests will be scheduled as community interest dictates. Contact Deputy Mike Anderson, Hood River County Marine Patrol at (541) 386-2098.
​Jackson Medford / White City - Pre-register through the Jackson County Sheriff's Office at (541) 864-8844. Tests are scheduled for Saturdays 9:00am-10:00am.
​Jefferson Madras - Pre-register through the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. Call Sgt. Marc Heckathorn at (541) 475-6520 x 4315 for more information
​Josephine Grants Pass - Contact Instructor Dale Yellin for more information: (541) 840-0686.
​Klamath Klamath Falls - Testing will be held Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (excluding recognized state and federal holidays). Testing held at Sheriff's Office, 3300 Vandenberg Rd.  Call (541) 883-5130 to schedule an exam.
​Lake Lakeview - Call Deputy Daniel Tague at (541) 947-6027, for information on local equivalency exams. 
​Lane Eugene - Please contact Rick Parsons (USCGA Eugene) at (541) 463-1797 regarding scheduling an exam.
​Lincoln Newport -Please contact Bev Divis (USCGA Flotilla 54) at (541) 867-6788 or at​ regarding scheduling a proctored exam.  A location for testing will be determined at the time of call.
​Linn Albany - Exams are held at the Linn County Sheriff's Office, 1115 Jackson St., SE, in Albany. Contact Linn County Marine Patrol at 1-800-884-3911.
​Malheur Ontario/Vale - Equivalency Exams offered upon request.  Pre-register through the Malheur County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Holum, (541) 473-5126. Tests are held at 151 B Street W., Vale, OR 97918
​Marion Salem - Equivalency exams offered upon request. Call the Education Section at (503) 378-8587​​​ to schedule an exam. Exam is given at the Marine Board Office, 435 Commercial St. NE #400.
​Morrow Heppner - Tests held at Stokes Landing Senior Center. Contact Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Sergeant Randy Rayburn at (541) 676-5317 for dates and times.
​Multnomah Portland Metro area - Pre-registration required. Call Multnomah County Sheriff's Office at (503) 988-6788 (River Patrol Office) to schedule an exam time.​
​Polk Dallas - Pre-register through the Polk County Sheriff's Office, at (503) 623-9251. Office is located at 850 Main Street in Dallas. All tests will be at 7:00 p.m. in the main conference room at the Polk County Courthouse next to the Sheriff's Office. 
​Sherman ​Moro- Call Dep. James Burgett at (541) 565-3622 for information on equivalency exams. 
​Tillamook Pacific City - Pre-register contact Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Chuck Reeder, at (503) 815-3316. Equivalency exams can be taken at the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office -5995 Long Prairie Rd., Tillamook, 97141. 
Tillamook/Garibaldi - Pre-register contact Tillamook County Sheriff's Office at (503) 815-3316. A Marine Deputy will contact you to arrange for date and time. 
​Umatilla Pendleton - Free 4-hour class and test.  Call 541-966-3601 for test dates.  Study book is  "Boat Oregon" and is available at the Umatilla County Justice Center, 4700 NW Pioneer Place in Pendleton.
​Union LaGrande - Contact Deputy Tad Butcher at 541-963-1017 to pre-register.
​Wallowa Enterprise - Pre-register by calling Deputy Lawrence McBurney, 541-426-3131.
​Wasco The Dalles - Call Chief Deputy Lane Magill or Deputy Gavin Marble at the Wasco County Marine Patrol at (541) 506-2580 for class information.
Washington Hillsboro - Contact instructor Leroy Bentley at 503-629-2026 or​.
​Wheeler None offered at this time.
​Yamhill McMinnville - Pre-register through the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Lt. Steve Warden (503) 434-7506. Office is located at 535 E. 5th St, Rm 143.