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  • 095197G

Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction

At a glance

At a glance

Gain the technical knowledge and practical skills required to work as a boat builder and repairer with this intermediate-level course.

  • Shipwright
  • Boat Repairer/Builder
  • Boat Builder and Repairer (Wooden and Aluminium Boats)
  • Boat Builder and Repairer (Moulding and Fibreglass)

MEM30705 Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction

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Course overview

Course overview

Develop your career in marine craft construction with this intermediate-level course. You will learn a broad range of practical skills and technical knowledge across a variety of vessels, enabling you to work as a boat builder and repairer.

Australia is recognised as a global leader in the marine craft construction industry boasting world-class boat building facilities and a reputation for delivering quality training. The industry relies on skilled workers to meet high-quality manufacturing standards and is prepared to invest in its workers to develop the skills required.

This course provides the skills required to perform a range of marine craft construction tasks. You will learn about occupational health and safety, trade drawing and lofting, material science, composite, and timber construction. You will also study the repair and maintenance procedures associated with various construction methods. You will receive hands-on training delivered by our industry-experienced teachers in workshops equipped with the latest in marine technology.

Upon completion of this course you will be qualified to produce templates and patterns from full size detail drawings, conduct fit-outs and carry out repairs to wooden, fibreglass and composite marine craft. If completed as part of an apprenticeship this course will also allow you to apply for a trade qualification.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core units listed below, plus a combination of elective units with a total value of at least 73 points. Please note, elective units have various points values. Elective units will be selected in consultation with your employer and included on your training plan.

International Students Only
You will also be required to undertake 400 hours of vocational placement in an approved setting. 

Perform engineering measurements
Perform computations
Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment
Plan to undertake a routine task
Plan a complete activity
Apply quality systems
Apply quality procedures
Organise and communicate information
Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment
Interact with computing technology
Assist in the provision of on the job training
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Perform general woodworking machine operations
Interpret technical drawing
Interpret and produce curved 3-dimensional shapes
Mark off/out structural fabrications and shapes
Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials
Use hand tools
Use power tools/hand held operations
Form and integrate fibre-reinforced structures
Set up marine vessel structures
Fair and shape surfaces
Construct and assemble marine vessel timber components
Maintain marine vessel surfaces
Repair marine vessel surfaces and structures
Perform fitout procedures
Install marine systems
Produce three-dimensional plugs/moulds
Assemble and install equipment and accessories/ancillaries

Note: For some courses, not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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Our preferred payment method is telegraphic transfer or credit card using Western Union Global Pay for Students or the Flywire Payment Portal. Western Union and Flywire both allow you to complete your payment in your own currency using a telegraphic transfer with no processing fees or delays. 
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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

Domestic Students
There are no Selection criteria requirements for Domestic Students.

International Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to International Students:

  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or ISLPR 2+ on all skills or other - View a list of all English Language tests accepted by TAFE Queensland International
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 10 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. View the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.

Applicants should be a minimum of 17 years of age and turning 18 during the first year of study with TAFE Queensland. International students who are under 18 years of age and are applying for a student visa are required by the Australian Department of Home Affairs to have adequate welfare arrangements in place.  TAFE Queensland has entered an agreement with Union Institute of Language (UIL) to facilitate the provision of the welfare services (fees apply).

To study an apprenticeship or traineeship program you must be indentured as an apprentice or trainee with your employer.
Employers need to be able to provide the necessary human and physical resources to qualify for an apprentice.


International students
You will be required to undertake 400 hours of vocational placement in an approved setting. TAFE Queensland will coordinate and source this for you at small, medium and large organisations on the Gold Coast. You will be provided with all the information you need to prepare.

Please note: completing placement is compulsory, and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts. You are responsible for ensuring you have met all the requirements to participate in vocational placement, and are required to make your own transport arrangements to and from your vocational placement approved setting.

Resources required

You are responsible for meeting the minimum occupational health and safety requirements in practical classes. This includes the use of safety glasses, protective footwear with covered uppers, steel capped toes and non-slip soles to AS2210, leather gloves to AS2161, and hair protection. You should also wear 100% cotton drill industry-standard clothing.

If you fail to meet these minimum standards of dress, you will not be permitted entry into practical classes.

Need to know

Replacement Qualification
This qualification has been replaced by MEM30719 - Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction, as of 25 June 2019. A transition period applies to enable current students to complete their study. The transition period finishes on 31 December 2022. If required, enrolments will be transitioned into the replacement qualification.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.


All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

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How to apply

How to apply

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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Get started with TAFE Queensland

If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Federation University
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland