National code: MSF30113

Certificate III in Furniture Finishing (specialising in French Polishing)

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Overview About this course

Bring out the natural beauty and breathe life into timber. Master modern and traditional finishing methods to add character during manufacture or restoration. Use your expertise to craft timber masterpieces to elevate a residential or commercial space.

This course is superseded.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:

  • Examine drawings, work orders and sample finishes to determine client specifications

  • Apply traditional French polish techniques

  • Apply imitation wood graining and decorative finishes

  • Apply lacquers, paint, oils, varnish and polyurethane by hand and by spray gun

  • Repair or restore timber and composite components in furniture

  • Handle hazardous goods and substances according to environmental factors

Course outcomes

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

  • The ability to prepare, repair and finish real world furniture projects for a variety of timber or composite applications

  • Exposure to sustainable and environmental practices in the industry

  • Experience collaborating with other like-minded individuals to achieve a common goal

  • Confidence to liaise with clients to understand their specifications

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • Check the campus page for requirements to take this course as an apprenticeship

  • This course may also be offered as a non-apprenticeship

  • Enquire today to discuss your eligibility

Entry recommendations

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

  • Literacy and numeracy skills at year 10 high school level

  • A reasonable level of fitness to manage the physical demands of the role

  • Some experience in handling tools and equipment

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: qualified tradesperson, contractor or sub-contractor, specialist furniture restorer or finisher, representative for furniture finishing suppliers and retail specialist in furniture finishing retailer.


There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, depending on the jurisdiction, licensing or regulatory requirements may apply to the use of some units in this qualification.

Study pathways

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Previous study 0 Courses

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The Certificate III in Furniture Finishing (specialising in French Polishing) does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 0 Courses

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The Certificate III in Furniture Finishing (specialising in French Polishing) does not have any post-graduate courses.

Related study 2 Courses

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 Furniture Finishing (specialising in French Polishing) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 23 units of competency, including 10 core and 13 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.

  • Read and interpret work documents MSFGN3001

  • Use furniture finishing sector hand and power tools MSFFF2001

  • Dismantle and re-assemble furniture MSFFF2002

  • Estimate and cost job MSFGN3002

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

  • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

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