Capt. William K. Ruto is a seasoned mariner who has practiced and worked both in private and public sector, where under private sector he worked at sea starting his career as a Cadet Marine Deck Officer from 1991 until December 1998 where he joined KPA as a Deck Officer Trainee Pilot. He completed his seatime training as a master mariner and attained the highest qualification as a Ship Captain (Class 1 Master Mariner FG) from South Tynside College, School of Nautical Science - UK.
He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Strategic Management option, from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agricultur​e and Technology (JKUAT).
He is an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute (AFNI) and a Member of International Harbour Master’s Association (IHMA – UK).
He has attended various local and international seminars and workshops on shipping, maritime, transport and logistics matters. He has done Port Security course at the University of Maryland (USA), IMO course on Port Management and Operations, in France - Port Le Havre France and several other short courses on port maritime and management.​