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Certificate III in Cabinet Making (Furniture)

National Course Code: MSF31113


The nationally accredited Certificate III in Cabinet Making (Furniture) will help you gain Australia-wide recognition as a qualified cabinet maker tradesperson. You can choose to work in commercial or residential, or build your own business in this area of skills shortage.


Through theory and practical course-work, you will learn to:

  • Communicate and work in teams
  • Read and interpret work documents
  • Select timbers and materials
  • Use hand and power tools
  • Use static and CNC machines
  • Use manual and computer aided drawing
  • Prepare and apply decorative surfaces for furniture
  • Install furniture and cabinetry
  • Use environmentally sustainable practices


Develop the personal qualities and skills you need to get ahead in this field:

  • Communication skills to engage with clients
  • Customer service, collaboration and consultation skills
  • Investigative nature and problem solving abilities
  • Strong attention to detail


Completing this course will equip you with:

  • A nationally recognised Certificate III qualification
  • A trade as a qualified Cabinet Maker (Furniture)
  • The confidence to become a sole trader and start your own small business

Career outcomes and job roles:

  • Furniture maker
  • Cabinetmaker


Take your trade to the next level:

  • Statement of Attainment in Kitchen and Bathroom Installer Licence - be eligible to apply for your contractor licence or qualified supervisor certificate through Fair Trading NSW.


Demand for cabinet making work and cabinet makers is highly dependent on the strength of the construction industry. Construction is booming across NSW and as a result, there has been a shortage of skilled Cabinet Makers (Furniture) in metropolitan and regional NSW since 2014.


This course is currently available at 4 campus locations across NSW. Enquire now for other locations.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • An interest in manufacturing design, principles and concepts
  • Enthusiasm for working in furniture making and installing fitted furniture in kitchens and bathrooms
  • A talent for learning practical skills
  • A passion for timber and timber manufacturing
  • A presentable appearance to work in client homes
  • A keen eye for detail
  • Good communication skills
  • A safety mindset

Assessments and assignments are a great way to evaluate how much you have learned and to refine your techniques and practices. This course offers a range of assessment methods for you to shine:

  • Theory based knowledge assessments
  • Practical based skills assessments

This Certificate III course is a trade qualification. This means when you successfully graduate, you are recognised across Australia by industry as a trade qualified Cabinet Maker (Furniture).

We also offer the Certificate III in Cabinet Making (Kitchens and Bathrooms) stream. The electives vary between Furniture and Kitchens and Bathrooms and align with workplace requirements for each of these.

Through this course youll gain hands-on experience with:

  • Manual and Computer Aided Drawing (CAD)
  • Using basic power tools and hand tools
  • Examining drawings, work orders and sample parts to determine specifications
  • Selecting and working with materials: timber, veneers, particle board and synthetic wood
  • Marking out, cutting and shaping timber products
  • Working from detailed drawings and specifications to make furniture
  • Creating fittings for boats, caravans and other items where fine detail is required
  • Assembling furniture
  • Fitting hinges, locks, catches, drawers and shelves
  • Making frames for chairs and couches

You will work on real-world furniture projects and make a range of cabinetry and furniture from timber and manufactured board.

TAFE NSW offers you a variety of study environments to enhance your learning and employability, such as:

  • Simulated workshop environments
  • Classrooms
  • Online facilitated environment

Activity in the building construction industry drives demand for cabinetmakers. The skills shortage of qualified cabinetmakers was identified in 2014 and continues through to today.

This qualification may provide you with a pathway into new and emerging technologies such as automation and robotics used by larger manufacturers. This course includes skills and knowledge in the use of emerging technology such as Computerised Numerical Control (CNC) machine operations and (CAD) computer aided drawing.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • Blended, Part Time Day
  • Fully government-subsidised
  • JobTrainer

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