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Apprenticeship training and short courses in fabrication skills are available in most mainland capital cities. Training is carried out on campus in well-equipped training workshops operated by TAFE and PARTEC colleges or at manufacturers’ premises.

Through the efforts of Composites Australia, composites industry apprenticeship schemes are progressively being introduced, and are now available in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia.

Information for employers on government-supported apprenticeship training programs 

A skilled workforce is essential today. Each state has information and services to assist businesses employing or considering employing apprentices. These links provide access to the website of the relevant state government agency:

NSW   Queensland   South Australia   Tasmania   Victoria  Western Australia

Institutes offering composites training

  • Note: courses on offer are subject to change. Please contact the training organisation direct to confirm course availability.


PARTEC (Qld) Pty. Ltd. (Plastics & Rubber Technical Education Centre) at Mt. Gravatt and Townsville offers apprenticeship training plus a range of part-time courses.

The Composites Technician apprenticeship course is a 3 year indenture to trade qualification. More information…

Short courses can cover subjects such as Hand Lay-Up techniques, Mould Preparation & Gelcoating;
Plug/Pattern & Mould Making; Vacuum-Bagging Techniques, Resin Infusion Processes. More information …

For further information, visit the PARTEC website, , or telephone (07) 3849 7878 (Brisbane).

South Australia

No relevant courses offered by TAFE SA  (as at December 2016)

Tasmania & Northern Territory

The Tasmanian and Northern Territory governments have arrangements in place to have Composites Technician training provided by Partec either by sending apprentices to Brisbane for block training modules, or on-the-job, if sufficient numbers.  

For further information, visit the PARTEC website, , or telephone (07) 3849 7878 (Brisbane).


Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE  (GOTAFE) offers Certificate III in Engineering -Composites Trade both on campus and at manufacturing sites in regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne.
Download the information sheet here…

In 2016-17 GOTAFE is launching a new Surf Craft Manufacturing Apprenticeship training course in NSW and Victoria.  Download the Expression of Interest flyer  here …

For more information contact:
Brett Ambrosio
T: 045 398 143
E: bambrosio[at]

Western Australia

Challenger TAFE in Henderson, Perth, WA offers Certificate III In Engineering – Composites Trade. More information …