Pilot Trainee Training Program

The Board of Pilot Commissioners administers a maritime pilot training program. Graduates of the program become Board-licensed maritime pilots. Entrance into the program is via a selection examination.

Pilot Trainee Training Program Selection Examination

The next Pilot Trainee Training Program Selection Examination is tentatively scheduled for spring  2019.  Please check back for future updates.

Here is a link to the previous exam press release:  2017 Trainee Exam Press Release.

Download application to previous exam here 2017 Trainee Program Application (*Please note that the application is a fillable pdf document. Some internet browsers may require you to download the form in order to complete the fields.)

Examination Resources:      Trainee-Applicant-Handbook (Reference List updated 01/26/2017)

              How to Become a Pilot Trainee – Commonly Asked Questions 

Before submitting an application:  The minimum requirements for entrance into the Pilot Trainee Training Program, are outlined in California Code of Regulations, Title 7, Subsection 213. Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications will not be admitted to the examination.


Contact Information

Board of Pilot Commissioners For the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun
660 Davis Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
e-mail: bopc@ca.gov
TEL (415) 397-2253
FAX (415) 397-9463