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Naval Base

Opened in 2019, Naval Base campus is a purpose-built facility designed to provide students and apprentices with hands-on experience in a real-life industry setting. This campus houses the delivery of heavy fabrication, marine fabrication, welding and composite apprenticeship training with a large focus on Western Australia’s growing shipbuilding industry.  

The workshops at Naval Base campus have been designed specifically with training in mind. The campus features a state-of-the-art fabrication workshop consisting of 45 welding bays which have been constructed and equipped for multi-use, as well as a machine shop, electrical workshop and supporting classrooms.  

Centrally located to Perth's defence shipbuilding industry and featuring the Naval Shipbuilding College, the campus has a big focus on engineering, fabrication and shipbuilding courses. 


Students at our Naval Base campus can access SM TAFE’s library services remotely. 

Access the Naval Base online library 

Access the Engineering and Mining online library

Visit the library website 

The library provides:

  • A large and diverse resource collection of books, magazines and DVDs, both physical and online
  • Assistance with researching for information and answers to reference enquiries
  • Information sessions on library and information services, supported with published and online information guides
  • Assistance with study, referencing and learning skills
  • Networked and wireless computer areas
  • Access to electronic information such as internet and databases

There is no cafeteria on campus but a student lunch room provides heating facilities and hot water and an outdoor area provides a place for students to relax. A lunch bar is a short walk away or more substantial options require driving.

Vending machines are available on site for drinks and snacks.

Smart Travel
We recommend all visitors to campuses take advantage of our Smart Travel information to ease congestion on and around our campuses.

Naval Base campus has parking available for students surrounding the campus buildings, accessible via Hope Valley Road. 

Public transport
Naval Base campus is accessible via bus stops on Stock Road, a three-minute walk from campus. Visit Transperth's Journey Planner, using Naval Base campus as a landmark to plan your trip.

Students enjoy free WiFi at all SM TAFE campuses.

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41 Hope Valley Road, Naval Base WA 6165
T: 1800 001 001

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Naval Base


41 Hope Valley Road
Naval Base WA 6165

Courses at this campus

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National ID: MEM31112
State ID: W992
Industry Defence

Certificate III in Engineering - Composites Trade

Become a tradesperson working with composites within the metal, engineering, manufacturing and associated industries.

Delivered at:

Kick start your composites trade career!

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required by a tradesperson working with composites/fibreglass. The composites tradesperson may work in a composites manufacturing or repair organisation, marine, vehicle or other organisation as a composites’ specialist. If you are looking to build a diverse career based on high-demand skills that offer a secure future, a Composites Apprenticeship could be for you!

Gain these skills:

  • composites work
  • selecting, handling, using and storing materials and components 
  • undertaking repairs and modifications
  • adjusting resin chemicals 
  • selecting and using joining techniques 

The Certificate III in Engineering - Composites Trade is an apprenticeship: you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study. Please see the Apprenticeships section for more information.

Good news!

This course is going to transition to a new training package in 2023. This means that students starting in 2023 will transfer during their study to new units developed to meet current and future industry needs.

Certificate III
National ID: MEM30305
State ID: AB53
Industry Defence
Industry Engineering and Mining
Half price^

Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Marine)

Become a boat fabricator in the construction and marine industry.

Delivered at:

Need a bigger boat?

Marine fabricators use aluminium, stainless steel, fabricated metal, composite materials and other products to build boats and other marine vessels. They cut, shape, join and repair the metal components that make up the hulls, frames and other structures of boats. These structures may include fuel tanks, boarding ladders and platforms, rails, canopy bows and a range of smaller or specialty customised fittings.

Gain these skills:

  • fabrication, forming and shaping techniques
  • manual and gas metal arc welding
  • geometric development
  • mechanical cutting
  • interpreting technical drawings
  • manual heating and thermal cutting
  • health and safety in the workplace
Certificate III
National ID: MEM30705
State ID: W242
Industry Defence
Half price^

Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction

Become a tradesperson working in the exciting marine craft construction industry.

Delivered at:

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge required by a tradesman working in marine craft construction. Training is project based and covers all aspects of the construction process from design and drawing including the use of CAD , timber construction of plugs, and composite moulds and products.  People with this qualification may work in a manufacturing or repair organisation producing a variety of marine craft from kayaks and superyachts.

Good news!

This course is going to transition to a new training package in 2023. This means that students starting in 2023 will transfer during their study to new units developed to meet current and future industry needs.

Certificate III
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