Welcome to the IBTC International Boatbuilding Training College Lowestoft where we are proud to offer a wide range of traditional boatbuilding and joinery courses together with shorter courses exploring additional woodworking skills and maritime crafts.
Our flagship course leads to the internationally recognised and coveted IBTC Diploma in boatbuilding along with City and Guilds 2463 level 3. This comprehensive course covers all the skills required to build and maintain boats.
Furniture Making & Design
This extensive course is aimed at teaching all the necessary skills and elements of joinery and furniture making, to enable you to go on to both design and construct your own, individual items of furniture.
An intensive course focusing on a range of woodworking skills suitable for all including those with no previous experience.
Build your own boat
At the end of this course you will have completed and launched a boat of up to 5m in length.
Upcoming Courses › Short Courses
Our one-day course covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective. It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on cross channel passages. In a medical emergency a little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives, especially in remote locations. This one-day course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for people using small craft and to support skippers. It fulfils the requirements for:…
The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using international channels. This course covers both training and examination. The course also replaces the previous VHF Radio Operators Certificate and is part of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). The RYA Short Range Certificate course…
Learn more about the IBTC Lowestoft
Situated in the coastal town of Lowestoft, perched on the edge of The Broads the IBTC is ideally placed to promote the craft of boatbuilding.
IBTC offers a variety of boatbuilding/maintenance and woodworking courses suitable for both those looking for a career in the industry as well as individuals wanting to develop new and existing interests and skills.
A quick look at short courses
The IBTC is there to help you grow into the boatbuilder that is in all of us with an interest and passion.
I found the weekends too long, the weeks too short and would wake up each day excited about what lay ahead.