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Established in 2006, the Boat Building Academy offers the National Certificate for Yacht and Boat Building courses at NQF levels 2-3. An NQF Level 3 certificate makes a student eligible to enrol for the Further Education and Training (FET) Certificate in Yacht and Boat Building NQF level 4.

The Academy is equipped with the latest tools and simulators to ensure their students are well-prepared for industry.

All programmes offered at the Boat Building Academy are MerSETA accredited, utilising the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) qualification. These SAQA qualification documents can be accessed at SAQARegisteredQualification (L2),SAQARegisteredQualification(L3), and SAQARegisteredQualification (L4).

A wide range of disciplines (called Unit Standards, or US) is covered in the Yacht and Boat Building course, including Design, Marine Joinery/Woodwork, Fibreglass/Polymer Composite Fabrication, Metalwork/Welding, Marine Systems (including plumbing, inboard propulsion systems, hydraulics, gas and electrical), Computer Aided Drawing (AutoCAD), and Boat Building Standards.

Admission requirements:

A minimum of Grade 9 is required, but preference is given in the selection process to matriculants who have also passed Maths/Maths Lit and English.

The Boat Building curriculum is so diverse, with job opportunities that are almost equally varied.

- A job as a boat builder in both luxury yachts (mostly Fibreglass) or industrial application vessels (mostly fishing boats, barges, etc. worked mostly in aluminium);

- Marine electrician;

- Marine systems installer;

- Marine Architect;

- Manufacture of fibreglass bakkie canopies;

- Manufacture of fibreglass playground equipment;

- Manufacture of fibreglass custom car bodies;

- Cabinetmaking; and

- Welding.


The full qualification (NQF2-4) is offered as a three year, full-time course, with six months of each year offered at the Academy and the following six months spent in Industry for Industrial experience, or Work Placement. During Work Placement a student has to keep a logbook, which has to be signed off each week by his/her supervisor and handed into the Academy at the end of Work Placement.


NC: Yacht and Boat Building NQF L2;

NC: Yacht and Boat Building NQF L3; and

FETC: Yacht and Boat Building NQF L4.

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