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SAN FRANCISCO BOARD OF PILOT COMMISSIONERS ANNOUNCES PILOT ENTRANCE EXAM

January 25th 2017

The Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun (BOPC) has announced an examination for entrance into the Pilot Trainee Training Program during the week of June 12.

Applications are due no later than April 15.

The BOPC typically conducts entrance exams every three years, or when there is a need for licensed pilots. The last exam was held in 2014. Successful candidates may be eligible to enter the pilot trainee training program, which lasts from one to three years.

The BOPC is the only state-level pilot commission in California, and licenses up to 60 pilots to guide large vessels on the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, Suisun, Monterey, and navigable tributaries to Stockton and Sacramento.

The pilotage ground covers 70 separate terminals across ten counties.

“Working as a San Francisco Bar Pilot is one of the most prestigious jobs in the maritime industry,” said BOPC Executive Director Allen Garfinkle.

“Our licensees enjoy being members of an elite group of professionals working in one of the most scenic environments found anywhere in the world.”

Information about the pilot trainee training program entrance exam can be found on the BOPC’s website at www.bopc.ca.gov.