Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction


Course Length

Full time:

4 years

Contact Hours

Part time:

2 days per month


Subsidised Apprentice:


Subsidised Apprentice (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):



Wangaratta - Docker Street

Delivery Mode


Course Overview

Whether you have sailing in your blood or have recently found a passion for shipbuilding, marine craft construction is a great career for anyone who loves building things with their hands.

GOTAFE is the only training provider in Victoria to offer a Marine Craft Construction apprenticeship. Learn to fix and build components and assemble boats. Our expert trainers will support you both in class and in the workplace and give you the technical know-how to shine in this specialist field.

This course is delivered as an apprenticeship.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the marine craft construction and boat building industries.

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 Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the:

Course Dates & Times


Apprenticeship - Open from 1st February - 2021

Sydney - Harbour Street

Apprenticeship - Open from 01/02/2021, (Mon-Fri) 8am-5pm /2021

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Apprenticeship - Open from 01/02/2021, (Mon-Wed) 8am-5pm /2021

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Apprentice: $2,300.00

2. Subsidised Apprentice (Concession): $460.00

3. Full Fee: $5,800.00

Course Materials: $550.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $70.00

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

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 Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

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 ensure the course suits your needs and aspirations, and that you are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course.
  • Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider with your employer to organise your apprenticeship contract prior to applying for this course.

Course Study Units

Core Units
MEM09002 - Interpret technical drawing
MEM11011 - Undertake manual handling
MEM12023 - Perform engineering measurements
MEM12024 - Perform computations
MEM13015 - Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering
MEM14006 - Plan work activities
MEM16006 - Organise and communicate information
MEM16008 - Interact with computing technology
MEM17003 - Assist in the provision of on-the-job training
MEM18001 - Use hand tools
MEM18002 - Use power tools/hand held operations
MSMENV272 - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Elective Units
MEM04018 - Perform general woodworking machine operations
MEM05005 - Carry out mechanical cutting
MEM05012 - Perform routine manual metal arc welding
MEM05017 - Weld using gas metal arc welding process
MEM05037 - Perform geometric development
MEM05049 - Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding
MEM05050 - Perform routine gas metal arc welding
MEM05052 - Apply safe welding practices
MEM08002 - Pre-treat work for subsequent surface coating
MEM08011 - Prepare surfaces using solvents and/or mechanical means
MEM08014 - Apply protective coatings (basic)
MEM09003 - Prepare basic engineering drawing
MEM09021 - Interpret and produce drawings of curved 3-D shapes
MEM12007 - Mark off/out structural fabrications and shapes
MEM13003 - Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials
MEM18003 - Use tools for precision work
MEM18005 - Perform fault diagnosis, installation and removal of bearings
MEM18006 - Perform precision fitting of engineering components
MEM18011 - Shut down and isolate machines/equipment
MEM18018 - Maintain pneumatic system components
MEM18020 - Maintain hydraulic system components
MEM18055 - Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components
MEM25001 - Apply fibre-reinforced materials
MEM25002 - Form and integrate fibre-reinforced structures
MEM25003 - Set up marine vessel structures
MEM25004 - Fair and shape surfaces
MEM25005 - Construct and assemble marine vessel timber components
MEM25006 - Undertake marine sheathing operations
MEM25007 - Maintain marine vessel surfaces
MEM25008 - Repair marine vessel surfaces and structures
MEM25009 - Form timber shapes using hot processes
MEM25010 - Perform fitout procedures
MEM25011 - Install marine systems
MEM25012 - Install and test operations of marine auxiliary systems
MEM25013 - Produce three-dimensional plugs/moulds
MEM25014 - Perform marine slipping operations
MEM25015 - Assemble and install equipment and accessories/ancillaries
MEM26001 - Lay up composites using open moulding techniques
MEM26002 - Lay up composites using vacuum closed moulding techniques
MEM26003 - Lay up composites using pressure closed moulding techniques
MEM26006 - Mark and cut out sheets for composite use
MEM26007 - Select and use reinforcing appropriate for product
MEM26008 - Select and use resin systems appropriate for product
MEM26009 - Select and use cores and fillers appropriate for product
MEM26010 - Store and handle composite materials
MEM26011 - Determine materials and techniques for a composite component or product
MEM50002 - Work safely on marine craft
MEM50003 - Follow work procedures to maintain the marine environment
MEM50004 - Maintain quality of environment by following marina codes
MEM50009 - Safely operate a mechanically powered recreational boat

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge tests
  • Projects
  • Work observation evidence
  • Demonstration
  • Online assessments

Course Co-ordinator

Brett Ambrosio

Attendance & 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.

Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in webinars, excursions or other organised activities.

The course runs over a 4 year period and students are enrolled full-time. Students can attend classes 2 days per month (Wednesday & Friday) for 10 months per year. This can be at a GOTAFE campus or an external facility. The majority of the learning is on-the-job under the supervision of the employer/workplace supervisor. A trainer will undertake workplace visits during the training contract period.

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.

Learning support

A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.

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Student Support

Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

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Learner's Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.


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

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

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.