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Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction

National Course Code: MEM30705


The Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction is your pathway to becoming a trade qualified shipwright or boat builder. Learn the skills you need to navigate a successful career building and designing marine craft using both traditional methods of manufacture and new and emerging technologies.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Use CAD to interpret technical drawings, mark out and develop 3D shapes
  • Apply construction techniques using timber, fibreglass and composite materials
  • Fair and shape surfaces
  • Set up marine structures
  • Repair and maintain marine vessel surfaces and structures
  • Apply protective coatings
  • Develop plugs and moulds
  • Safely use and store chemicals
  • Safely use hand and power tools


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Adaptability to work in different settings
  • Time management
  • Strong customer and workplace communication skills
  • A passion for boats, ships and life on the water


Completing this course provides you with:

  • Transferable skills in marine craft construction that allow you to work in shipyards, marinas, ferries or defence ships
  • Experience planning and undertaking vessel construction
  • Client and industry relationships
  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • National recognition as a trade qualified shipwright or boat builder

Career opportunities:

  • Shipwright
  • Boatbuilder
  • Marine craft repairs
  • Naval architect


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate IV in Engineering
  • Diploma of Engineering - Advanced Trade

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.


This course is currently available at 1 campus location across NSW. Enquire now for other locations.

Course details

People who are successful in this course are:

  • Enthusiastic to work in manufacturing repairing various marine crafts
  • Physically fit to be able to manage the demands of the job
  • Passionate about boats, ships and life on the water

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development. In this course you will undertake:

  • Theory based knowledge assessments
  • Practical skills assessments

The Certificate III level course is an apprenticeship course that provides you with strong theoretical knowledge and practical skills in marine craft construction principles that underpin all future studies. You will become a trade-qualified a boat builder or shipwright at the successful completion of the course.

In the Certificate IV in Engineering you will help you to further develop engineering skills that can be applied in boat building. You will also build capability in team leadership and staff supervision.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Technical drawing and interpretation
  • Precision hand tool techniques
  • Vessel set up and construction techniques
  • Various shipbuilding construction techniques
  • Various repair and fit out techniques
  • Fairing and shaping and marine finishes
  • Safe work practices

TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory along with practical, hands-on learning. You will work on real world projects such as:

  • Understanding marine craft construction and shipwright principles
  • Planning and undertaking vessel construction
  • Fit out, maintenance and repairs of different marine crafts

TAFE NSW offers you a range of online and on-campus study environments - industry specific computer rooms, simulated workplaces, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities - to enhance your learning and employability.

You will spend most of your study time in:

  • Simulated workplace (workshop)
  • Online facilitated environments

The Boatbuilding and Repair Services industry is forecast to employ around 5,980 people and generate $1.17 billion in revenue in the five years through to 2019/20.
More than 75% of employment in the boating industry is found in small businesses and the Australian shipbuilding industry is renowned for its innovation and flexibility.
In 2016, 40.7% of national employment of shipwrights was in New South Wales.

Shipwrights manufacture, fit-out and repair a range of marine vessels from small pleasure and recreation craft such as kayaks and rafts, motorised vessels such as small yachts, catamarans and runabouts, through to larger commercial and naval vessels runabouts.

This qualification may provide you with a pathway into new and emerging technologies, using traditional timber boat building and shipwright construction, as well as plastics and fibreglass and composite materials such as carbon fibre.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • Combination
  • Part Time

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