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.

IBTC Full Time Courses

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>>

IBTC Full Time Courses

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.

IBTC Full Time Courses

Short Courses

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
IBTC Lowestoft

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.
Robert Tretheway
For me, this satisfaction comes from being ‘in the moment’
Roland Mann
The IBTC is there to help you grow into the boatbuilder that is in all of us with an interest and passion.
Paul Langham