The Board of Pilot Commissioners specifies that the licensing examination administered by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation shall pertain to the management of vessels and a knowledge of channels, waters, harbors and ports where the candidate wishes to serve. Unless otherwise specified, questions will deal with typical merchant vessels, full-bodied and relatively low powered, rather than high-powered military vessels with fine lines.
State pilot examinations are scheduled on an as-needed basis. Deputy pilot examinations are regularly scheduled for March of each year.
- The Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Candidate Information Booklet (CIB) provides additional information to prepare candidates to take their professional licensure examinations. Click this link to view and download Candidate Information Booklets.