National code: MSF31113

Certificate III in Cabinet Making (Furniture)

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Overview About this course

Gain Australia-wide recognition as a trade qualified cabinet maker and develop practical skills to assemble and create furniture pieces for clients. Choose to work in commercial or residential, or build your own business in this area of skills shortage.

This course is superseded.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:

  • Select timbers and materials

  • Use static and CNC machines

  • Use manual and computer-aided drawing (CAD)

  • Prepare and apply decorative surfaces for furniture

  • Install furniture and cabinetry

Course Outcomes

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

  • Experience in creating coffee tables, building magazine racks and smaller side tables

  • Skills to create timber boxes, with dovetailed/biscuit joinery

  • Eligibility to apply for a license as a Cabinet Maker (Furniture)

  • Confidence to become a sole trader and start your own small business

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.

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • A general construction induction card (commonly known as a white card) – you will need this before you can enter a construction site

Entry recommendations

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

  • Completed at least year 10 of high school

  • Strong spatial awareness and hand-eye coordination

  • A genuine interest in cabinet making

  • Good English, maths and communication skills

  • The ability to work as part of a team

  • A talent for learning practical skills

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:

Cabinetmaker

Cabinetmakers fabricate and repair wooden furniture, and fit and assemble prepared wooden parts to make furniture.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).

    92%

  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    5,800 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    37 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.

    $940

  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    43 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.

    Medium

  • Gender share

    2% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

    Strong Growth

Other jobs include: Furniture maker and Cabinet maker

Licensing

A white card (or general construction induction card) is required for workers who want to carry out construction work in NSW. This is specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007). Visit the SafeWork website for more information on applying for your white card.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate III in Cabinet Making (Furniture) does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 0 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

The Certificate III in Cabinet Making (Furniture) does not have any post-graduate courses.

Related study 1 Course

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

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 III in Cabinet Making (Furniture) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 28 , including 6 core and 22 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

  • Read and interpret work documents MSFGN3001

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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