Selection Process

The Sandy Hook Pilots apprenticeship selection process takes place biennially. The 2022 selection has been completed; the process will begin again in February of 2024. Advertisements will be placed in maritime work journals and with maritime school alumni associations. Application packages will not be available until, on or about, February 1st, 2024.

Application packages may be obtained after February 1st, 2024, via link SHPA Application by email ApprenticeApplication or without charge by writing to:

Sandy Hook Pilots Association
Attn: Judy Nardiello
201 Edgewater Street
Staten Island, NY 10305


Applications shall be filed by mail at the above address no later than April 15th. A scheduled test will be conducted by an independent testing entity to evaluate all applicants. A testing fee is required. Selection of apprentices, as needed, will be made from a ranked certified list of qualified applicants authorized and maintained by the State Pilot Boards for a two year period. Selection of qualified applicants shall be made on the basis of qualifications alone under the applicable Navigation Law and Regulations (including amendments) of both New York State and New Jersey State without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sex, or liability for service in the Armed Forces of the United States, in full accordance with the objective standards which permit review, after full and fair opportunity for application. This program shall be operated on a completely non-discriminatory basis.