National code: MSF20313

Certificate II in Furniture Making

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Overview About this course

Gain the specialist skills and knowledge required to perform the manufacture of free-standing furniture or built-in cabinets. Provide on-site assistance in the installation of furniture or cabinets and continue with your studies to work autonomously.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Work from detailed drawings and specifications to make furniture

  • Use basic power tools and hand tools

  • Examine drawings, work orders and sample parts to determine specifications

  • Select and work with a range of materials including timber, veneers, particle board and synthetic wood

  • Mark out, cut and shape timber products

  • Make frames for chairs and couches

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate II level

  • A pathway to further study in furniture making

  • Specialist skills to perform the manufacture of free-standing furniture or built-in cabinets

  • Assistant level job outcomes

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • A genuine interest in cabinet making

  • Good English, maths and communication skills

  • The ability to work as part of a team

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: assistant cabinet maker and assistant installer of built-in cabinets.


Although a licence is not compulsory to work in the furniture making industry, a Kitchen Installer license may be applied for by graduates of the Certificate III in Furniture Making. Kitchen, bathroom and laundry renovation is work involved in the installation, refurbishment, restoration and on-site repairs of or to a kitchen, bathroom or laundry. You must have a licence before you do any residential building work in NSW, including kitchen, bathroom and laundry renovations, that is valued at more than $5000 (incl GST) in labour and materials. To find out more, visit NSW Fairtrading.

Study pathways

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Previous study 0 Courses

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The Certificate II in Furniture Making does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 1 Course

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Related study 1 Course

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Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate II in Furniture Making qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 13 units of competency, including 5 core and 8 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Use furniture making sector hand and power tools MSFFM2001

  • Work in a team MSMSUP106

  • Make measurements and calculations MSFGN2001

  • Communicate in the workplace MSMSUP102

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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