Course Type:
Accredited Course; Apprenticeship
Study Mode:
On Campus
3 - 4 years
Starting Date:
Ongoing enrolments
Bairnsdale Trade Centre, Yallourn

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Course Overview

Do you love working with your hands? Are you someone who enjoys seeing their work come to life? Then why not start your career as a qualified cabinet maker with this exciting and focused apprenticeship course.

You’ll gain skills that will allow you to make furniture, build bathrooms and kitchens and use innovative technology to design whatever you put your mind to. Not only that, you’ll learn how to repair fine timber products, produce manual and computer-aided sketches and build free-standing furniture.

Taught over three to four years in both the workplace and on campus, this course is designed so you can work and learn at the same time, gaining real-world experience and earning money at the same time.

For the classroom component, you’ll attend 10 x three day blocks per year (Year 1, Year 2, Year 3) for the duration of the apprenticeship. These learning days are designed to make sure your skills are where they should be and our teachers will be here to support you through that every step of the way.

The career opportunities once you complete your apprenticeship really are endless. From working as a cabinet maker, to even becoming self-employed in the future. And if you decide you’d like to take your career further, you can study a Certificate IV Building and Construction, or a Diploma of Building and Construction (not offered at TAFE Gippsland).

Both of these courses will add to your skillset, giving your more expertise and increasing your employment opportunities – and we will be here to support you through the decision-making process when and if the time comes.

Go on, get started in this exciting industry and let your creativity shine while you help people bring their vision to life.


Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 8.00am-4.30pm
10 x 3 day blocks per year (Year 1, Year 2, Year 3)practical tasks and workbooks provided to the student as part of the course material costs. Students will also access and use Moodle for assessments required and some training can be conducted on site. A minimum of 4 workplace assessment and visits are also conducted throughout each calendar year for each trade apprentice.

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate III in Cabinet Making (Apprenticeship).

Career Opportunities

Certificate III in Cabinet Making will provide you with the qualification as a Cabinet Maker with the opportunity to be employed as tradesperson Cabinetmaker and future opportunities to become self employed.

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements

  • To be enrolled in Certificate III in Cabinet Making each student must have a current employer at the time of enrolment due to the course being for apprentices only. Each apprentice will also be signed by an Apprenticeship Centre of choosing by the employer and have a training contract that states the relationship between the employer, apprentice and RTO. Once the training contract has been released an apprentice Sign up and Induction is completed within 5 working days and the apprentice commences in class once the enrolment has been confirmed.

Recommended entry requirements

  • Students are required to have a passion for the Industry and are required to have a current employer as this is an apprenticeship only course.


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

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Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



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Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Sample course units

Course units
MSMSUP106 Work in a team
MSMSUP102 Communicate in the workplace
MSMWHS200 Work safely
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSFKB3006 Install fitted cabinets and components
MSFKB3005 Fabricate cabinets for the built-in environment
MSFKB3004 Conduct on-site adjustments to cabinets and components
MSFKB3003 Check and measure fit of cabinets
MSFKB3002 Determine requirements for installation of cabinets
MSFKB2001 Prepare for cabinet installation
MSFGN3001 Read and interpret work documents
MSFGN2001 Make measurements and calculations
MSFFM3024 Construct jigs and fixtures
MSFFM3021 Set up, operate and maintain computer numerically controlled (CNC) sizing machines
MSFFM3019 Set up, operate and maintain automated edge banding machines
MSFFM3018 Set up, operate and maintain mechanical wood-turning lathes
MSFFM3017 Set up, operate and maintain routing and shaping machines
MSFFM3007 Prepare and apply decorative surfaces for furniture
MSFFM3005 Fabricate custom furniture
MSFFM3004 Produce angled and curved furniture using solid timber
MSFFM3002 Construct furniture using leg and rail method
MSFFM3001 Construct chair and couch frames
MSFFM2010 Set up and operate basic static machines
MSFFM2006 Hand make timber joints
MSFFM2003 Select and apply hardware
MSFFM2001 Use furniture making sector hand and power tools
MSFFM3009 Produce manual and computer-aided production drawings
MSFKB3011 Plan kitchen and bathroom projects
MSFFM2011 Apply manufactured board conversion techniques
MSFFM3006 Install furnishing products
TLID2003 Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances


Assessment is competency based and includes practical demonstrations, problem solving, online quizzes, and completion of workbooks.