Yacht and Boat Building NQF L2 –L4

About this programme:

The Boat Building Academy was established in 2006 and offers the National Certificate: 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: Yacht and Boat Building NQF level 4.

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

All programmes offered at the Boat Building Academy are MerSETA accredited, utilising the SAQA qualification. These SAQA qualification documents can be accessed at:
http://regqs.saqa.org.za/showQualification.php?id=77003 (L2)
http://regqs.saqa.org.za/showQualification.php?id=78863 (L3), and
http://regqs.saqa.org.za/showQualification.php?id=78864 (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.

Job opportunities:

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 deck fitter
  • Marine systems installer
  • Marine Architect
  • Manufacture of fibreglass swimming pools
  • Manufacture of fibreglass bakkie canopies
  • Manufacture of fibreglass playground equipment
  • Manufacture of fibreglass custom car bodies
  • Cabinetmaking
  • Welding

Course Content:

  • Design:
    • L2 US: 365146 – Apply a range of boat design and construction principles.
    • L3 US: 376541 – Apply a range of boat design and construction techniques.
    • L4 US: 376540 – Demonstrate an understanding of boat design
    • L2 US: 365143 – Demonstrate an understanding of inflatable boat technology
  • Marine Joinery/Woodwork:
    • L2 US: 365159 – Demonstrate a practical understanding of marine joinery
  • Fibreglass/Polymer Composite Fabrication
    • L2 US: 110281 – Fabricate a polymer composite product
    • L2 US: 110289 – Identify and work with material as required for polymer composite fabrication
    • L3 US: 376560 – Construct and repair composite Marine Components
    • L4 US: 376582 – Demonstrate an understanding of structural composites
  • Metalwork/Welding
    • L2 US: 365145 – Demonstrate an understanding of corrosion and basic metalwork in a marine environment
    • L2 US: 119753 – Perform basic welding/joining of metals
  • Manufacture Marine Components
    • L3 US: 376544 – Manufacture and install Marine Joinery Components
  • Marine Systems
    • L3 US: 376542 – Install and maintain a range of marine systems
    • L3 US: 376543 – Demonstrate an understanding of inboard engine systems and maintenance
    • L4 US: 376581 – Install marine electrical systems
  • Computer Aided Drawing (CAD)
    • L4 US: 263024 – Plan and produce two dimensional (2D) Computer Aided Drawings (CAD)
  • Other Unit Standards
    • L2 US: 13220 – Keep the work area safe and productive
    • L2 US: 12483 – Perform Basic First Aid
    • L4 US: 376580 – Demonstrate an understanding of boatbuilding standards


The full qualification (NQF2-4) is offered as a three year, full-time course, with 6 months of each year offered at the Academy and the following 6 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
FETC: Yacht and Boat Building NQF L4

Where is this course offered?

This programme is offered at Westlake Campus

Southern Wind Shipyard is leading brand in luxury yacht manufacturing. As part of their commitment to developing and increasing their talent pool talented they are recruiting new learners to obtain the necessary knowledge and skills through a learnership programme in becoming a qualified Yacht & Boat Builder NQF – Level 4.

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