The International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) offers a 12-week Joinery course, a 1-year internationally recognised Diploma in Traditional Wooden Boatbuilding course and a variety of year-round short courses. 

Apprentices have been learning to build boats in Portsmouth Dockyard for centuries, and the College are proud to continue this tradition. No experience is needed to begin training, and there are courses available for all ages.


International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) Portsmouth

From day one students will work with their tools on real projects.  

Our graduates now apply their shipwright skills all over the world not only in wooden boatbuilding but in a host of other transferable applications including green frame timber constructions and furniture making. Come into Boathouse 4 free of charge today to see what our students are working on and to find out more about our hands-on courses.

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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Victory Gate
HM Naval Base

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