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Certificate II in Furniture Making

  • National Course Code: MSF20313
  • TAFE NSW code: MSF20313-01V04-21NEW-999

Location – Newcastle

Study Type


Course Start Date


Study Commitment

13 Hours per week


35 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate II in Furniture Making gives you a broad overview of basic furniture making techniques to get you ready for further study and entry level roles. You will learn how to make freestanding furniture for kitchens and bathrooms and work as part of a team in the in-demand furniture making industry.


Learn from experienced furniture makers how to:

  • Use furniture making hand and power tools
  • Make measurements and calculations
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Communicate in the workplace
  • Work as part of a team

Electives can include:

  • Preparing and providing assistance for cabinet making installation
  • Follow plans to assemble production furniture
  • Prepare surfaces for finishing


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

  • Customer service, collaboration and consultation skills
  • Problem solving strategies
  • Attention to detail


Completing this course will equip you:

  • A nationally recognised Certificate II qualification
  • A strong pathway to continue your studies and enhance your career


Kick-start your career with a TAFE NSW study pathway:

  • Certificate III in Furniture Making
  • Certificate IV in Furniture Design and Technology
  • Diploma of Furniture and Technology


The Certificate II in Furniture Making leads you into areas of industry demand such as furniture and cabinet making. Demand for cabinet making 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 NSW since 2014.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


There are no Training Package entry requirements for this qualification.


TAFE NSW offers the Certificate II in Furnishing as either a traineeship for new employees or a non-traineeship for existing employees who want to upskill.


There are no TAFE NSW entry requirements for non-traineeship students in this qualification.


To be eligible for this course you must:

  • Be employed in the industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


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. Local regulations should be checked for details.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • Completed an Australian Year 10 of high school or equivalent
  • A genuine interest in cabinet making
  • An aptitude for practical skills
  • Good English, maths and communication skills
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • Great interpersonal skills

If you need support in preparation for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that:

  • You are registered with a Training provider.
  • Students undertaking this qualification must be currently employed in the industry.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:
To be awarded the MSF20313 Certificate II in Furniture Making, competency must be achieved in thirteen (13) units of competency.

  • five (5) core units of competency
  • eight (8) elective units of competency.
    You are required to complete both practical and theory componants for each unit or meet the unit requirements within the workplace.

Discover the skills you need for the job you want at the TAFE NSW Information Sessions, 21-25 June 2021.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.

An individual training plan will be provided when you have been enrolled in this course. Your plan will outline the recommended study timetable and detail your units and assessments.


  • This qualification describes the skills and knowledge required to perform the manufacture of free-standing furniture or built-in cabinets, and provide on-site assistance in the installation of furniture or cabinets involving known routines and procedures and some accountability for the quality of outcomes.

  • It reflects vocational outcomes for those performing assistant cabinet maker, assistant installer of built-in cabinets, and production operator within a cabinet making enterprise.
    Cabinets include free-standing and built-in furniture or fitted cabinets, such as those used in kitchens and bathrooms. Skills are also included that cover assisting in the installation or renovation of kitchens and bathrooms and other fitted cabinets, which involves collaboration with others through members of a group or team.

  • This qualification does not cover shopfitting.
    Meaningful involvement of industry is essential to achieving this qualification outcome.



  • Every effort is made by TAFE NSW staff to ensure a successful outcome for enrolled students. TAFE NSW offers a free tutorial support service to all TAFE NSW students and further support services include:
  • Yourtutor - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Library resource

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

An individual training plan will be provided when you have been enrolled in this course. Your plan will outline the recommended study timetable and detail your units and assessments.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Applying with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. As you progress through the application and enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

Core Units
Number Title
MSMSUP102 Communicate in the workplace
MSFGN2001 Make measurements and calculations
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSFFM2001 Use furniture making sector hand and power tools
MSMSUP106 Work in a team
Elective Units
Number Title
MSFFM2011 Apply manufactured board conversion techniques
MSFFM2004 Apply sheet laminates by hand
MSFFF2006 Apply surface coatings by spray gun
MSFFM2002 Assemble furnishing components
MSFKB2001 Prepare for cabinet installation
MSFFF2004 Prepare surfaces for finishing
MSFFM2010 Set up and operate basic static machines
MSMWHS200 Work safely

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

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Course Location

266 Maitland Road, Tighes Hill
Phone 131 601

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