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If you like working with your hands and want to become qualified in an industry that will allow you to work all over the world boat building could be the best choice for you. Australia is recognised for providing highly skilled and technologically sound boat builders. The Cert III in Marine Craft Construction course will provide students with the required skills to work in the boat building and repair industry in Australia and around the world.

Boat Builder and Repairer is currently on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

The Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction prepares students to perform a wide range of tasks in the boat building industry. You will be trained in numerous fields in the boat building industry such as – studying plans and specifications, and preparing templates and scale plans for fabrication and cutting of hull sections, assembling shells of boats and erecting hull sections of ship, installing masts, frames, decking, fittings, machines, shafts and safety equipment.

The Course

Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction

Course Duration24 months

Intake Dates: Jan and July

Locations: Gold Coast

Costs: $8,500 per year

Common Course Requirements: 

  • Must have graduated year 10 in home country.
  • Must have a minimum English level of IELTS 5.5
  • This course includes 360 hours of vocational placement.

Graduate Outcome:

Graduates will be qualified trades person in the marine craft industry. Graduates will be skilled in many aspects of boat building industry including:

  • Fitting out internal and external components of marine craft.
  • Repairing wooden, fiberglass and composite vessels.
  • Installing engine drive systems.
  • Health and Safety.
  • Using power and hand tools.

Job Forecast & Career Information:

  • Full time boat builders earn an average of $1196.00 per week.
  • The average hours worked by a Boat Builder in Australia are 47.3 per week.
  • Most boat builders work for large companies.
  • Boat builders have a very high proportion of full time jobs (93.6%).
  • Employment for this occupation fell in the past five years and fell slightly in the long-term.

Education Pathways:


Boat Builder and Repairer (399111) – is currently on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List.

  • Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction
  • 2 years on the job experience

Options for a Temporary Graduate Visa

If undertaking study in Australia for a minimum of 2 years you may qualify for the Temporary Skilled Graduate Visa. This visa allows the holder 1.5 years unlimited work rights in Australia. Many graduates use this time to build up experience in their field or find an employer that is willing to sponsor their visa.

If you have applied for the Temporary Graduate Visa you may also be eligible to apply for the Job Ready Program. The Job Ready Program is run through TRA and allows graduates in certain disciplines to have their skills assessed for skilled migration purposes. It is a way for people to have their skills assessed without having the experience. Once the student receives a positive skills assessment they may be eligible to apply for permanent work visas such as State Sponsored and General Skilled Migration Visas.

Have a read through this article which details how by studying the right course it could greatly increase your prospects of obtaining a permanent visa.

*Note* It is never recommended to undertake study for the sole purpose of trying to gain a visa to Australia.

If you are interested in studying Boat Building in Australia contact Pathway to Aus to speak with one of our Education Agents. We can explain to you the course costs, duration and education providers so you better know your options. 

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What our Students Say:

Haba (Germany) – Boat Building

What were you doing before you studied Boat Building?

I was a logistics manager for a catering company back in Germany. I actually came out with my family to Aus to study this course. I wanted a career change.

Where do you study?

I studied the Cert III in Marine Craft Construction at TAFE on The Gold Coast.

How many days do you go to class per week?

I went to school for 3 days per week (8 – 4).  We generally had 2 days of class per week and then had another day of vocational placement.

Do you have homework?

Not really, I manage to do most of my work at school.

Did you have to buy a toolkit or equipment?

No, everything was provided by the school.

Do you do vocational placement? If so, where?

Yes we did about 400 hours at a vocational placement. I did mine at Riviera, which is a large boat building company located really close to our school. I actually applied to work there before the course started and they knew the teacher of my course so it was really cool. My teacher then organized the interview for me.

Was it paid?

Yes, it was paid about $23 per hour.

How are you dealing with money?

I had some savings. I worked 40 hours per fortnight and in my holidays I worked full time as much as I could.  Then I saved this to cover me throughout the study periods.

Tell us about your classmates?

There were only about 5 in our class when I started, but the classes are a little larger now. My classmates were from Italy, Brazil, Israel and USA.

What is the average age of classmates?

Late twenties.

How are the facilities?

The facilities are good. Everything was modern, so it was good to work with this type of equipment

What are your plans when you graduate?

I have actually already graduated. I got my post graduate work visa and still work at Riviera. I work full time in detailing department.

Do you feel like you are learning a lot?

Yes, I learnt

What is your favourite part to work on boats?

I like to work on the deck as it is outside. Definitely not in the engine room.


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