IBTC Portsmouth Courses

What is IBTC Portsmouth Boat Building Training Course?

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

Please visit us in Boathouse 4 if you’re interested in joining us to gain a greater insight into our 1 year boatbuilding course. The Historic Dockyard is free to enter – Boathouse 4 is on your left just past HMS Warrior.

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What exactly is on offer?

Our teaching is practical and hands on. From day one students are at their bench working with hand tools. There are short lectures throughout the course however the emphasis is on practical learning.

Within a world-class purpose built training facility, you can expect to receive an exceptional learning experience. Our master instructors deliver first class training within a practical, hands-on environment.

Our training ethos is simple: we work on real boats with real owners and are definitely not a theoretical or classroom based establishment. We pride ourselves in offering a flexible, wide range of experiences with an emphasis on quality.

Why should I enrol?

We believe that we can teach anyone with a passion for boat building. Our courses teach practical skills that can be applied to other areas of the marine sector.

Who should enrol?

Students who enrol on our courses come from a wide range of backgrounds with a huge variety of skills and experience. From school leavers to career changers, those approaching retirement to those starting out on their working life. We enrol students from the age of 16 there is no upper age limit.

It wouldn’t be unusual if a student aged 32 and formerly a cabinetmaker enrols alongside another student who is a school leaver of 16 or a 54 year old stockbroker. The common denominator amongst all of our students is the love of wood and or wooden boats and the willingness to develop new skills.

How can I finance my course?

Your choice to start a boatbuilding training with us is an investment in your future. Click the button below for more information on financing your course.

How will I learn?

Our training ethos is simple: we pride ourselves in offering a wide range of experiences with an emphasis on quality.

By following a practical, tried and tested teaching method developed over 30 years our course delivers a wide range of essential boat building criteria.

IBTC have a range of fantastic tutors

Students who enrol with IBTC portsmouth can expect to learn a whole range of boatbuilding skills that they can build on throughout their careers.

Frequently Asked Questions

What GCSE’s do I need?

We don’t have a set criteria for enrollment, simply the willingness to work hard and learn.

Is it just marine jobs that students go on to?

If you can build and fit out a wooden hull then you can work in curves. Timber frame house building, furniture making, and bespoke joinery work all utilise the skills developed on the course.

I am interested in the historic side of things. is your course relevant?

Yes, understanding the original skills involved gives a great insight and basis for any conservation or restoration work. Students have gone on to work on major historic projects from Cutty Sark to HMS Victory, with others moving into curatorship roles and project management.

Does IBTC Portsmouth have accommodation?

We’re not a residential college. Portsmouth is a university city with an excellent range of student accommodation. Transport links from the surrounding area is good. We’re 1hr 40min from London on a direct train line.

If you are interested in Boatbuilding courses with IBTC Portsmouth please get in touch.