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Course Overview

Mode of Delivery:
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Course Duration:
3 years
Commencing in:
  • 2024

2024 Intake

Intake Date Campus Attendance Days
Ongoing Bairnsdale Trade Centre Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:00am-4:00pm
Ongoing Yallourn Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:00am-4:00pm

About this course

If you're an aspiring apprentice looking to hone your skills for a career in furniture making, our apprenticeship entry course is tailor-made for you.
This practical course will put you on the pathway to become a fully qualified cabinet maker with opportunities for employment as a tradesperson or the potential for self-employment.

Take your industry skills to the next level with this qualification, which will give you the tools to perform a range of services at trade-level in furniture making and the manufacture and installation or renovation of fitted furniture.
You’ll work alongside an industry employer, ensuring hands-on experience while pursuing your qualification. This course not only equips you with the technical skills needed for the trade but also cultivates your professional development and enhances your ability to engage with industry professionals and suppliers, all while you're immersed in the learning process. It's a pathway to a promising future in furniture making.

Career Opportunities

This practical course will put you on the pathway to become a fully qualified cabinet maker with opportunities for employment as a tradesperson or the potential for self-employment.

Opportunities for Further Study

CPC40120 Certificate IV Building and Construction (Building)
CPC50220 Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

Skills or Knowledge gained

This course will teach you:
- Communication with clients, colleagues and others using clear and direct forms of communication whist actively listening, identifying and confirming requirements for task or job to be carried out
- Ability to understand all relevant trade and technical terms, symbols, abbreviations and language, working as part of a team, providing assistance and encouragement to other team members, utilising the specialist skills that are a part of the team and using these strengths to the best of their abilities
- Ability to ensure that equipment is checked regularly and up to date meeting site and job requirements and where applicable hazards are reported and documented
- All the trade skills required to become a qualified cabinetmaker including safe operation and correct use of hand tools, power tools and static machinery related to the cabinetmaking industry
- Basic programming and operation of CNC machines
- Project based furniture manufacture.
Other skills and knowledge required to perform a range of skills at trade-level for those working in furniture making and those involved in the manufacture and installation of fitted furniture typically in a kitchen, bathroom and related context. Installation skills may also be applied to new or renovation work.

Entry Requirements

Are there specified requirements for entry into the course/qualification?: Yes

Mandatory entry requirements:

To be enrolled in this qualification 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.

Limitations to course Entry:

For each Learner enrolling in a vocational qualification, regardless of eligible or ineligible status under the Victorian Training Guarantee, TAFE Gippsland will conduct a Pre-Training Review of current competencies (including literacy and numeracy skills) prior to commencement in training.

Minimum Industry Requirement

Not applicable.

Licensing/Regulatory Requirements

Will this course/qualification or a constituent unit provide a pathway to an industry licence or regulated outcome: No

Qualifications and Recognition - 2024

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate III in Cabinet Making and Timber Technology.

Work Placement - 2024

Does this course require placement?: No

Further Information - 2024


Fees and charges Government subsidised concession Government subsidised Full-fee paying student
Maximum full course tuition fee* (GST exempt) $987.35 $4,936.75 $20,669.25
Materials fee* (GST exempt) $650.00 $650.00 $650.00
Total $1,637.35 $5,586.75 $21,319.25
VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

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Sample course units

CPCCJN3003 Manufacture components for doors, windows and frames
CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
MSFFM2013 Use furniture making hand and power tools
MSFFM2014 Select and apply hardware
MSFFM2016 Join solid timber
MSFFM2018 Operate basic static machines safely
MSFFM2019 Assemble furnishing products
MSFFM3025 Construct furniture using leg and rail method
MSFFM3027 Produce angled and curved components using solid timber
MSFFM3028 Prepare and apply decorative surfaces for furnishing products
MSFFM3030 Produce manual and computer-aided production drawings
MSFFM3031 Prepare cutting lists from design and production documentation
MSFFM3037 Set up, operate and maintain routing and shaping machines
MSFFM3038 Set up, operate and maintain automated edge banding machines
MSFFM3041 Determine and document requirements for cabinetry installation
MSFFM3042 Fabricate cabinetry
MSFFM3043 Install cabinetry
MSFFM3044 Set up, operate and maintain computer numerically controlled (CNC) sizing machines
MSFGN2001 Make measurements and calculations
MSFGN3005 Read and interpret work documents
MSFKB2003 Prepare for cabinetry installation
MSFKB3012 Plan kitchen and bathroom projects
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSMSUP102 Communicate in the workplace
MSMSUP106 Work in a team

The assessment for each course varies. It may include knowledge questions, practical skills tasks, projects, research work, on the job assessment, etc. Your assessor or educator will provide specific information on the requirements for your course.

You can expect that:

  • assessment methods are clear
  • assessment tasks are relevant and meet the requirements of your course
  • assessor or educator demonstrate fairness and lack of bias when assessing your work
  • educators will provide open and honest feedback about assessment tasks.