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False Bay College Yacht and Boat Building

National Certificate:
Yacht & Boatbuilding
NQF Level 2-3


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 to allow for the economic growth and development of the South African boatbuilding industry.

Students completing this programme will have developed basic boatbuilding skills, knowledge and understanding, which include:

  • An understanding of the boatbuilding environment, including a broad understanding of different boatbuilding techniques and their applicability to the different materials commonly used for boatbuilding
  • A practical understanding of workshop safety
  • Selecting and safely operating the appropriate basic hand and power tools commonly used in boatbuilding
  • Operating basic power machinery used in woodworking applications in boatbuilding
  • A basic understanding of laminating materials with specific reference to boatbuilding applications
  • Basic laminating skills
Minimum Requirements

Minimum Admission requirements

Grade 9 Certificate or NQF Level 1 equivalent. Preference will be given to students who completed Grade 12.

Career Opportunities

CAREER opportunities

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

  • Work as a Boatbuilder on both luxury yachts (mostly fibreglass) or industrial application vessels (mostly fishing boats, barges, etc. 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


This is a 1-year programme per level, which includes 6 months in the College and 6 months in industry.

    Course Content

    Course content

    LEVEL 2


    • Apply a range of boat design and construction principles
    • Demonstrate a practical understanding of marine joinery
    • Demonstrate an understanding of corrosion and basic metalwork in a marine environment
    • Demonstrate an understanding of inflatable boat technology
    • Fabricate a polymer composite product
    • Identify and work with material as required for polymer composite fabrication
    • Keep the work area safe and productive


    • Access and use information from texts
    • Communicate at work
    • Demonstrate an understanding of rational and irrational numbers and number systems
    • Identify, describe, compare, classify, explore shape and motion in two- and three-dimensional shapes in different contexts
    • Maintain and adapt oral/signed communication
    • Measure, estimate and calculate physical quantities and explore, describe and represent geometrical relationships in two dimensions in different life or workplace contexts
    • Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes
    • Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal and community life
    • Work with a range of patterns and functions and solve problems


    • Demonstrate seamanship for the safe crewing of a small craft
    • Develop a learning plan and a portfolio for assessment
    • Perform basic fire fighting
    • Perform basic first aid
    • Perform basic welding/joining of metals

    LEVEL 3


    • Apply a range of boat design and construction techniques
    • Construct and repair composite marine components
    • Install and maintain a range of marine systems
    • Manufacture and install marine joinery components


    • Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the use of different number bases and measurement units and an awareness of error in the context of relevant calculations
    • Describe, apply, analyse and calculate shape and motion in two- and three-dimensional space in different contexts
    • Interpret and use information from texts
    • Investigate life and work-related problems using data and probabilities
    • Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes
    • Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business and national issues
    • Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts


    • Demonstrate an understanding of inboard engine systems and maintenance
    • Join aluminium by means of arc welding
    • Lead a team, plan, allocate and assess their work
    • Perform one-to-one training on the job
    • Show an understanding of diversity in the workplace
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