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False Bay College Yacht and Boat Building

Further Education and Training Certificate:
Yacht & Boatbuilding NQF Level 4


Westlake Campus
About this Programme


The purpose of this qualification is to prepare students with skills and knowledge for a career in yacht and boatbuilding.

It also provides an opportunity for individuals currently employed in the industry to achieve formal recognition for their accumulated knowledge and skills and enable them to advance in a structured career and learning path and allow for the economic growth and development of the South African boatbuilding industry.

Students completing this programme will have developed advanced boatbuilding skills, knowledge and understanding, which include but are not limited to:

  • An understanding of the basic principles of boat and yacht design
  • A practical understanding of the installation of marine systems
  • A thorough understanding of composite materials technology and advanced composite fabrication processes relevant to boatbuilding
  • Discussing and describing the need for standards in boatbuilding
  • Applying relevant standards to the different aspects of small craft construction and systems specification and installation
Minimum Requirements

Minimum Admission requirements

Career Opportunities

CAREER opportunities

The Boatbuilding curriculum is diverse, with job opportunities that are almost equally varied.

  • A job as a Boatbuilder in both luxury yachts (mostly fibreglass) or industrial application vessels (mostly fishing boats, barges, etc. worked mostly in aluminium)
  • Marine Electrician
  • Marine Deck Fitter
  • Marine Systems Installer
  • Marine Architect
  • Manufacture of fibreglass swimming pools
  • Manufacture of fibreglass bakkie canopies
  • Manufacture of fibreglass playground equipment
  • Manufacture of fibreglass custom car bodies
  • Cabinetmaking
  • Welding


The National Certificate: Yacht & Boatbuilding course is offered over 3 years, 1 year per level, comprising the following:

  • National Certificate: Yacht & Boatbuilding NQF Level 2
  • National Certificate: Yacht & Boatbuilding NQF Level 3
  • Further Education and Training Certificate: Yacht and Boatbuilding NQF Level 4.
Course Content

Course content



  • Demonstrate an understanding of boat design
  • Demonstrate an understanding of boatbuilding standards
  • Demonstrate an understanding of structural composites
  • Install marine electrical systems


  • Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication
  • Interpret and use information from texts
  • Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes
  • Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts
  • Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life-related problems
  • Engage in sustained oral/signed communication and evaluate spoken/signed texts
  • Read/view, analyse and respond to a variety of texts
  • Represent, analyse and calculate shape and motion in two- and three-dimensional space in different contexts
  • Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes
  • Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues
  • Write/present/sign for a wide range of contexts


  • Apply marine fairing and painting techniques
  • Plan and produce two-dimensional (2D) Computer Aided Drawings (CAD)
  • Use CNC machinery in the furniture production process
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