Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The courses are completely free of charge for students, as they are co-financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and the Department of the Sea of the Xunta de Galicia.

None of the offered courses include mobility grants to attend the Training Centre, nor any other type of financial contribution to students.

In the case of practical trips in which it is required to travel outside the Centre, a common means of transport will be provided or the corresponding expenses will be paid for students who have had to use their own vehicle.

There are two types of courses, with different requirements, depending on whether or not they lead to a certificate of professionalism:

1.COURSES WITH CERTIFICATE OF FINALISATION (Areas of composites, wood, sail and pneumatics, installations and plastics): PRE-REGISTRATION must be made through the web forms. Interested persons must enrol in each course, indicating name, surname, e-mail and contact telephone number. All pre-registrants are summoned by telephone (and by e-mail, if they do not answer the phone) one week before the selection test.

A link with the fishing sector (training or employment) is required. See more:

2. LIGHT COURSES WITH CERTIFICATE OF PROFESSIONALISM (Nets Department): To access these courses, applicants must meet any of the training requirements leading to Level 2 Professional Certificates and enrolling through the Galician Employment Offices.

In both cases, pre-registrants will be called to take an admission test for the course for which they have registered.

To be confirmed /Without confirmation

  1. Written test: it is different according to the speciality, including conversion of units, calculation of surfaces or volumes, rules of three for cost calculation and may include questions about general knowledge of the subject matter.
  2. Interview: It includes sections about socio-occupational characterisation, educational level and relationship with the maritime and fishing sector; it is completed with information on motivation, course application project and experience in manual activities and workshops, as well as relationship with the sea for non-professional reasons (federation in leisure activities, collaboration with entities promoting maritime heritage); other aspects may also be evaluated in specific cases. Participation in previous Aixola courses and enrolment in future courses will be reviewed.

If you are enrolled in several courses and you want to simplify the admission test, you should contact the centre and explain your situation to make a suitable proposal.

Generally, it will be enough to do an interview (not the ones from previous years, we do one interview per year); if some time has passed since the interview, we can review it and modify the data that had changed.

It will be necessary to repeat the written test because it is different for each speciality, but several tests can be taken together to avoid journeys.

All the training given at the centre is in the range of non-regulated one, that is to say, it is training that does not lead to an academic certificate, but which recognise as the students who take it with a Certificate of Participation with use issued by the Technology Centre of the Sea- CETMAR Foundation. Also, it includes the contents of the course, its duration and the dates of teaching.

The courses students in the area of networks who obtain the certificate of achievement may apply for the issuing of the Certificate of Professionalism of Confection and Maintenance of Arts and Appliances issued by the Regional Ministry of Economy, Employment and Industry.

To obtain the Certificate of Achievement is essential to attend at least 80% of the training, without absences exceeding 80% of any of the course modules. In addition, it is necessary to reach the minimum contents of theoretical knowledge, skills and attitudes towards work. The course teachers carry out a continuous evaluation and will reinforce the people tutoring with greater difficulties.

People who do not reach the minimum attendance or achievement will receive a certificate of attendance, with reference to the total number of attendance hours to the course and the indication at the bottom of the page: “This certificate does not correspond to the Certificate of Achievement”.

To find out the degree of integration of the students trained in the CF “A Aixola”, a telephone survey is carried out 6 months after the end of each course.

In recent times (courses of 2014 to 2016), around 80% of our students were unemployed at the beginning of their training. 74% of the people contacted for the job placement survey worked at some point since the end of the course, and within that group, 75% continued to work at the time of the survey. More than half of the jobs undertaken were related to the training received at Aixola.

A high percentage of students at Aixola decide to continue their education: more than a third of the students in each year continue their studies, many of them filling out other training courses at Aixola.

For this reason, it is difficult to know which courses would be the most successful because many of our students increase their opportunities for carrying out several trainings in different areas.

In the period of 2014-2015 was the courses in the composites areas, electrical installations and nautical and pneumatics which achieved the highest employment rates, above 80%. But in 2015-2016 it was those in the wood areas, networks and composites which exceeded 80% of employment.

Aixola cannot carry out repairs for private individuals. All collaborations for the construction, repair and restoration of boats and equipment are carried out with non-profit entities; they must be used for non-profit purposes, as well as being in line with the course’s objectives.

There is a protocol detailing the criteria to meet by these collaborations.

Group visits to the Aixola Training Centre can be adapted to the needs of each situation. We usually receive schools, vocational training centres, delegations of the maritime-fishing sector from other regions and countries, as well as other groups interested in our activity.

The standard visit has a duration of 1 hour and a half; this one can also be adapted to the group interests.

If you are interested in visiting the centre, either individually or in a group, please fill in the following form and send it by email to:

Visit request form

In the case of schools and visits with minors, we need this protected permission to be able to publicise the activity:

Photos of minors’ authorisation

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