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Occupational Certificate: Boatbuilding and Repair (Boatbuilder) NQF Level 2-4


Westlake Campus
About this Programme


The purpose of this qualification is to prepare a learner to operate as a Boat Builder and Repairer (Boat Builder).

Boat Builders build, maintain and/or repair boats and install and maintain marine systems (including amongst others marine electrical and electronic, propulsion and steering and marine plumbing systems) using a variety of materials (including amongst others glass fibre, wood and composites).

It also provides an opportunity for individuals to achieve a qualification that enable them to enter in a structured career and learning path, and to allow for the economic growth and development of the South African boatbuilding industry.

Minimum Requirements

Minimum Admission requirements

Entry Requirements:
• National Senior Certificate: Grade 12 with Mathematics
• National Certificate (Vocational) at NQF Level 4
• N3 Mechanical Engineering

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


This is a 3-year apprenticeship programme, which includes 6 months at the College and 6 months in industry.

    Course Content

    Course content

    Year 1

    • Basic principles of health, safety and quality,
    • Hand, power and pneumatic tools,
    • Introduction to Boat Design,
    • Theories and principles of inflatable boats,
    • Basic principles of marine joinery,
    • Basic principles of composite construction,
    • Theories of surface preparation for boat painting.

    Year 2

    • Occupational health, safety and environment,
    • Principles of boat design,
    • Marine materials and corrosion,
    • Theories of composite construction and repair,
    • Principles of engine and drive systems,
    • Marine electrical installation,
    • Principles of boat painting.

    Year 3

    • Theories and principles of advanced composite construction
    • Marine electronics and power management,
    • Theories of marine systems,
    • Principles and techniques of boat design and construction to standard

    APPLICATIONS CLOSE: 15 February 2024

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