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This course is superseded.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.
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
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
Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
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
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.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Cabinetmakers fabricate and repair wooden furniture, and fit and assemble prepared wooden parts to make furniture.
Other jobs include: Furniture maker and Cabinet maker
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.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate III in Cabinet Making (Furniture) does not have any pre-requisite courses.
The Certificate III in Cabinet Making (Furniture) does not have any post-graduate courses.
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.
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.
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