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Certificate III in Timber and Composites Machining

  • National Course Code: MSF30313
  • TAFE NSW code: MSF30313-01V04-21LID-350

Location – Lidcombe (Apprenticeship)

Study Type

Part Time Day

Course Start Date

13 Jul 2021

Study Commitment

8 Hours per week


3 Years

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

Course Details

The nationally recognised Certificate III in Timber and Composites Machining will equip you with the skills and knowledge to carve out your dream career as a timber machinist, as you learn to create enviable timber furniture, dcor and structural pieces with your personal craftmanship.


Through course work, you will learn how to:

  • Set up and operate static machines
  • Produce manual and computer aided drawings
  • Examine work orders to determine specifications
  • Plan, mark and cut products
  • Manufacture and assemble products
  • Prepare, assemble and install timber and composite components
  • Apply safe work practices
  • Communicate in the workplace


Develop the attributes to get ahead in this field:

  • A passion for working with timber or composite materials
  • A keen eye for detail
  • Creative concepts
  • The ability to work collaboratively with others
  • Safety conscious practices


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate III level
  • Strong pathways to continued studies to enhance your career opportunities
  • Skills and knowledge to start your own sole trader business

Career outcomes and job roles:

  • Qualified timber machining tradesperson
  • Timber and composite supervisor
  • Wood machinist


Take your Certificate III in Timber and Composites Machining to the next level with a TAFE NSW construction study pathway:

  • Certificate III Cabinet Making
  • Certificate III in Shopfitting
  • Certificate IV in Design Kitchen, Bathrooms and Interior Spaces.
  • Certificate III in Joinery


Demand for timber technicians is always high. Emerging decor trends such as Scandi, Hamptons and Colonial are all adding demand to the industry, as timber homeware, furniture and structural pieces are desired both residentially and commercially.

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.


TAFE NSW offers the Certificate III in Timber and Composites Machining as either an apprenticeship or non-apprenticeship, so you canconstructthe career you want.

To be eligible for this course, you must:

  • Be employed as an apprentice in the industry evidenced by a letter of support from your employer
  • Submit your training plan proposal (TPP) with your application


To be eligible for a subsidised place in this course as a non-apprentice, you must:

  • Be over 21 years of age
  • Provide evidence, such as a resume or letter of support from your employer, of significant and current industry experience. Your workplace evidence will be reviewed prior to course entry to make sure your skills and knowledge meet course requirements


There is no work placement requirement for apprentices taking this qualification, as you will gain your experience on-the-job with your employer.

Non-apprentices will need to be in either relevant employment or have access to appropriate simulated workplace environments to complete the learning and assessment requirements.

You are responsible for arranging your own work placement. Our team can offer support and guidance to assist you.


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

  • Have literacy and numeracy skills at year 10 high school level
  • Be fit at an intermediate level to manage the physical demands of the role
  • Have some experience in handling tools and equipment

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


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.


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:

  • an apprentice (you will work in industry and study at the same time)
  • employed full time
  • signed up with an Apprentice Network Provider and have a Training Plan Proposal
  • seeking to gain skills and knowledge to become a qualified Timber and Composites Machinist after successful completion
  • a signed Training Plan or proof of employment in the industry must be produced to gain access to this course.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • to bring your own PPE, Pens, Pencils and Paper and USB drive.

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.


This is a part-time day, blended delivery course. You will need to attend approximately 5 hours of class, over 1 day a week, for three years. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 3 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 18 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including workplace learning (as per apprentice training plan), review of structured activities, and preparation for assessments.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • are registered apprentices undertaking the training as a requirement of their employment in the Furnishing industry. There are no pre-existing requirements for this course.

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

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Tuesdays from 8:00am to 4:.00pm.


There are a range of study options for NSW Apprentices and eligible non-apprentices with relevant industry work experience in this course.

Under the NSW Government fee-free apprenticeship initiative, NSW apprentices that commence their training on or after 1 July 2018 may be eligible for fee-free training. Apprentices are required to provide evidence of their NSW apprenticeship to finalise their enrolment and applicable fees.

This course is also a TAFE NSW Trade Pathways Qualification and ideal if you have been working in this industry for an extended period of time but havent received a qualification. To be eligible to enrol as a non-apprentice and secure funding, you must firstly meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria and be:

  • over 21 years of age
  • able to demonstrate and provide evidence of extensive industry experience and
  • able to demonstrate relevant ongoing work experience and provide workplace evidence to support the achievement of competence.
To study this course as a NSW apprentice or to check if you meet the non-apprentice requirements for NSW funding, please enquire now or call 131 601. For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


There is a materials cost of $320 per year for the projects you manufacture from the assessments that will be yours to take home on achieving competence.


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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

Before you can start an apprenticeship, you first need to find an employer in the industry you're interested in that will support you through your studies. You and your employer should contact an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) and tell them you're interested in studying at TAFE NSW.

The ANP will help you and your employer to complete a Training Contract. Once you have a Training Contract, we will help you, your employer and the ANP to complete a Training Plan Proposal. Once you have both these documents, the ANP will lodge them with State Training Services, who will provide further advice about next steps.

Find out more:

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

Core Units
Number Title
MSFFM2001 Use furniture making sector hand and power tools
MSFFM2010 Set up and operate basic static machines
MSFFM3009 Produce manual and computer-aided production drawings
MSFFM3010 Prepare cutting list from plans and job specifications
MSFGN2001 Make measurements and calculations
MSFGN3001 Read and interpret work documents
MSFGN3002 Estimate and cost job
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSMSUP102 Communicate in the workplace
MSMSUP106 Work in a team
MSMWHS200 Work safely
Elective Units
Number Title
MSFFF2004 Prepare surfaces for finishing
MSFFM2002 Assemble furnishing components
MSFFM2005 Join solid timber
MSFFM2007 Follow plans to assemble production furniture
MSFFM2011 Apply manufactured board conversion techniques
MSFFM3008 Select timbers for furniture production
MSFFM3012 Set up, operate and maintain sawing machines
MSFFM3013 Set up, operate and maintain drilling machines
MSFFM3014 Set up, operate and maintain joining machines
MSFFM3015 Set up, operate and maintain planing and finishing machines
MSFFM3016 Set up, operate and maintain multi-head planing and moulding machines
MSFFM3017 Set up, operate and maintain routing and shaping machines
MSFFM3019 Set up, operate and maintain automated edge banding machines
MSFFM3021 Set up, operate and maintain computer numerically controlled (CNC) sizing machines
MSFFM3022 Set up, operate and maintain computer numerically controlled (CNC) machining and processing centres
MSFFM3023 Produce and maintain cutting tools
MSFFM3024 Construct jigs and fixtures

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

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Course Location

73 East Street, Lidcombe
Phone 131 601

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