Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction

Course Code MEM30705
Campus Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details
Duration 990 hours

Course Overview

The MEM30705 Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Shipwright.

You don’t have to have sailing in your blood to want to work in shipping and marine craft. It’s a great career, being outside and working with your hands. Come to the only training provider in Victoria who offers a Marine Craft Construction apprenticeship. Boat builders fix, build components and assemble boats. Our expert Trainers support you to learn in your workplace. We offer workshops to learn off the job too.

We have apprentices all over Victoria. We’ll teach you work and life skills as well as the technical know-how you need to shine in this specialist field.

This course is delivered as an Apprenticeship. You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The MEM30705 Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Marine Craft construction and boat building industry.

Working in this industry can also be physically demanding. Applicants should consider their physical ability to complete the job role e.g. bending, lifting, manual handling etc.

Further studies
After gaining the MEM30705 Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction, you might wish to undertake further training pathways from this qualification which include:

  • MEM40105 Certificate IV in Engineering
  • MEM50105 Diploma of Engineering – Advanced Trade
Sessions - Dates/Times

Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

You are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions.

On campus attendance is required throughout the period of the apprenticeship. Students will be advised of these dates upon enrolment. Majority of the learning is on-the-job under the supervision of the employer/workplace supervisor.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Brett Ambrosio
Location: Wangaratta

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Apprentice 990 $2.10 $2,079.00 $15.00 $14,850.00
Govt Subsidised-Apprentice Concession 990 $0.42 $415.80 $15.00 $14,850.00
Full Fee 990 $5.33 $5,276.70 N/A N/A
Course Materials 990 $0.50 $495.00 N/A N/A

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course
  • Register with the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprentices only)
Units of Competency

MEM30705 – Core Units

MEM13014A – Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment
MEM15024A – Apply quality procedures
MEM15002A – Apply quality systems
MEM17003A – Assist in the provision of on the job training
MEM16008A – Interact with computing technology
MEM16006A – Organise and communicate information
MSAENV272B – Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MEM12024A – Perform computations
MEM12023A – Perform engineering measurements
MEM14005A – Plan a complete activity
MEM14004A – Plan to undertake a routine task
MEM16007A – Work with others in a manufacturing, engineering or related environment

MEM30705 – Elective Units

MEM25001B – Apply fibre-reinforced materials
MEM08014B – Apply protective coatings (basic)
MEM05052A – Apply safe welding practices
MEM25015A – Assemble and install equipment and accessories/ancillaries
MEM05005B – Carry out mechanical cutting
MEM25005B – Construct and assemble marine vessel timber components
MEM26011A – Determine materials and techniques for a composite component or product
MEM18055B – Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components
MEM25004B – Fair and shape surfaces
MEM50003B – Follow work procedures to maintain the marine environment
MEM25002B – Form and integrate fibre-reinforced structures
MEM25009B – Form timber shapes using hot processes
MEM25012B – Install and test operations of marine auxiliary systems
MEM25011B – Install marine systems
MEM09021B – Interpret and produce curved 3-dimensional shapes
MEM09002B – Interpret technical drawing
MEM26001A – Lay up composites using open moulding techniques
MEM26003A – Lay up composites using pressure closed moulding techniques
MEM26002A – Lay up composites using vacuum closed moulding techniques
MEM18020B – Maintain hydraulic system components
MEM25007B – Maintain marine vessel surfaces
MEM18018C – Maintain pneumatic system components
MEM50004B – Maintain quality of environment by following marina codes
MEM26006A – Mark and cut out sheets for composite use
MEM12007D – Mark Off/Out Structural Fabrications And Shapes
MEM16005A – Operate as a team member to conduct manufacturing, engineering or related activities
MEM13001B – Perform emergency first aid
MEM18005B – Perform fault diagnosis, installation and removal of bearings
MEM25010B – Perform fitout procedures
MEM04018B – Perform general woodworking machine operations
MEM05037C – Perform Geometric Development
MEM25014B – Perform marine slipping operations
MEM05050B – Perform routine gas metal arc welding
MEM05049B – Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding
MEM05012C – Perform routine manual metal arc welding
MEM09003B – Prepare basic engineering drawing
MEM08011B – Prepare surfaces using solvents and/or mechanical means
MEM08002C – Pre-treat work for subsequent surface coating
MEM25013B – Produce three-dimensional plugs/moulds
MEM18006C – Repair And Fit Engineering Components
MEM25008B – Repair marine vessel surfaces and structures
MEM50009B – Safely operate a mechanically powered recreational boat
MEM26009A – Select and use cores and fillers appropriate for product
MEM26007A – Select and use reinforcing appropriate for product
MEM26008A – Select and use resin systems appropriate for product
MEM05051A – Select welding processes
MEM25003B – Set up marine vessel structures
MEM18011C – Shut down and isolate machines/equipment
MEM26010A – Store and handle composite materials
AURETR012 – Test and repair basic electrical circuits
AURETR025 – Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
MEM11011B – Undertake manual handling
MEM18001C – Use hand tools
MEM18002B – Use power tools/hand held operations
MEM18003C – Use tools for precision work
MEM05017D – Weld using gas metal arc welding process
MEM50002B – Work safely on marine craft
MEM13003B – Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials

Assessment Methods

Students will be assessed using the following methods:

  • Knowledge tests
  • Projects
  • Work observation evidence
  • Demonstration
  • Online Assessments
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

For further information regarding this course please call 1300 468 233.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

Enrolment in an apprenticeship course is commenced after GOTAFE receives a Training Contract completed at an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN). To locate an AASN, please go to australianapprenticeships.gov.au or call 13 38 73.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or click Enquire Now.