Welcome to the IBTC Lowestoft
Welcome to the 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.
Full Time Courses – Full Year
47 Week Boatbuilding
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. more>>
47 Week Joinery & Furniture
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. more>>
Full Time Courses – Part Year
Build your own boat – 24 Weeks
At the end of this course you will have completed and launched a boat of up to 5m in length. more>>
Woodworking Skills – 12 Weeks
An intensive course focusing on a range of woodworking skills suitable for all including those with no previous experience. more >>
Small Boatbuilding – 12 Weeks
This 12 weeks Small Boatbuilding course starts with four weeks practical woodworking to learn the necessary skills required.
A comprehensive range, including
- Introduction to woodworking
- Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP)
- Lofting Course
- Traditional Rigging
- Router Course
- Rope, knots and splicing
- Marine Plumbing and Electrical
- Caulking Course
- Timber Technology
- Tool Maintenance
- Diesel Engines
A little about the IBTC International Boatbuilding Training College Lowestoft
The college sits on the northern shore of Lake Lothing, the tidal reach of the River Waveney, depicted in Ted Frost’s book “From Tree To Sea”, which chronicles the building of a wooden steam fishing boat.
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 existing interests and skills or develop new ones. Read more >>
What our students say about us
I found the weekends too long, the weeks too short and would wake up each day excited about what lay ahead.
For me, this satisfaction comes from being ‘in the moment’
The IBTC is there to help you grow into the boatbuilder that is in all of us with an interest and passion.