RYA Examiners are typically selected from the pool of experienced Yachtmaster Instructors (YMI) or Powerboat Trainers (PT) after having been identified as potential Examiner candidates during the 5 yearly revalidation courses by appropriately qualified instructor trainers.

On an annual basis the recommendations are reviewed and a shortlist of candidates are invited to attend an Examiner course. The shortlist takes into account the individual recommended and the wider needs of the scheme.

Candidates who successfully complete the Examiner course will be appointed as an Examiner.

Examiners are required to attend an update every 5 years. Examiners who continue to hold a current YMI endorsement or Trainer appointment need only attend an examiners' oral update. All others must attend a practical examiner update