47 Week Course

What is the IBTC Boat Building Training Course?

The International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) Ltd is a training provider delivering tradition skills in wooden boatbuilding through the internationally recognised qualification IBTC Practical Boatbuilding Diploma,
in addition to the City & Guilds 2463-03 Marine Construction.

If you are thinking about joining us it’s really important that you’ve visited us – that way you can gain a much greater insight into the IBTC Practical Boatbuilding Diploma course. The Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth is free to enter
– we are in Boathouse 4 on your left

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We’ll have 4 intakes in 2016 of between 10 – 12 students on each course

Our start dates for 2017 are 3 January, 27 March, 26 June and 18 September. If you’re not able to commit to these dates we will have a rolling programme of enrollment as well. Please do give us a call if you’d like to discuss an alternative start date.

At IBTC Portsmouth we don’t operate in the same way as a conventional college

We don’t have terms throughout the year and are not classroom based.

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Heritage Lottery Funded placements are available against a strict criteria – usually local young people not in education, employment or training within the postcode area PO1 – PO5.

What does the course cover?

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Following on from 1st 12 weeks you’ll start work in the boatyard.

We have a number of projects underway on various types of wooden boats from cold mould to restoration, repair and conservation. Work is being carried out on behalf of the owners by our current students.

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Your first 12 weeks will take place in the Joinery Shop

In the joinery shop you will develop skills and techniques using hand tools. You’ll make your own tool chest, spar gauge, oar, bollow plane, mallet, steps, oilstone case.

You can attend the 12 week Joinery Course as a separate course at £5,950.

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During your training students will develop the skills required, to build or restore traditional boats

Students will learn these skills by working on a wide range of boats, different constructions and sizes, new build and restoration. At the same time you’ll be developing your ability to problem solve in a whole range of boat restoration and build issues.

How will I learn?

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Each item on the marking sheet is assessed and marked by our instructors and it is the cumulative grade that determines the grade of diploma that we award to each student.

Within these criteria we also grade the enthusiasm, health and safety awareness and employability of each student, because ultimately our measure of success is how many of each student intake not only achieve employment, but also retain it. Another measure of our success is the number of students who go on to establish their own boatbuilding business and become the employers of the future.

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IBTC Portsmouth has a marking sheet that itemises all the main items involved in the new-build, repair and restoration of traditional wooden vessels.

Naturally there is a degree of overlap on some items but techniques can be quite different. For example, fitting a new clinker plank, and repairing a damaged one on an older boat require different techniques and problem solving approaches.

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Students all complete the same woodworking exercises during their time in the joinery shop

After completing the woodworking exercises, students move into the main boatbuilding shop to work on the 20 or more boats that we have as teaching ‘vehicles’. Those who come to us who already have good hand tool skills, will complete the initial joinery phase a lot faster, and will therefore have more time in the boatshop.

What will I learn?

We work on real boats with real owners and are definitely not a theoretical or classroom based establishment. You’ll learn a wide range of essential boating building skills and competencies.

How long is the course, and how much does it cost?

Our full fees are £15,608 payable in instalments. The full course to qualify for the IBTC Practical Boatbuilding Diploma is 47 weeks. It’s a full time course, Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm.

What next?

If you are interested in applying for the IBTC Portsmouth’s 47 week course, we will need to speak to you and arrange a time for you to visit us.

Please use this form to express your interest and Fran Wright, our Student Liaison Officer, will get back in touch with you.

If you are interested in our Boat Building courses, then get in touch today!