Certificate III in Cabinet Making

Course Code MSF31113
Campus Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details
Duration 1044 hours

Course Overview

The MSF31113 is the new standard required to become a qualified Furniture maker and/or Cabinet Maker.

Cabinet makers: artists amongst builders. With an eye for detail and a flair for design, they create the cupboards and shelving that makes a space work and flow.

In your apprenticeship, you’ll learn at work and in our on-campus workshop. We’ll build your confidence in both traditional and modern construction methods. Use hand and power tools, and both static and computer-controlled machines. Build and repair furniture made of solid timber and timber-based products.
The experts at GOTAFE will customise your training plan to focus on furniture’s, kitchens or bathrooms. Learn how to design so that form dovetails with function.

This course is delivered on campus and as an Apprenticeship. Choose from:

  • MSF31113 Certificate III in Cabinet Making
  • MSF31113 Certificate III in Cabinet Making (Furniture)
  • MSF31113 Certificate III in Cabinet Making (Kitchens and Bathrooms)

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The MSF31113 Certificate III in Cabinet Making is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Furniture industry.

Working in this industry may involve working within a factory environment or on-site instillation. Hours of work may vary depending on where you work.

Further studies
After gaining the MSF31113 Certificate III in Cabinet Making, you might wish to undertake further study in the MSF40213 Certificate III in Furniture Design and Technology.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

You are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in all online training. You are also encouraged to attend all scheduled appointments with your GOTAFE Trainer and Assessor.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Brad Ornsby
Location: Shepparton

Name: Troy Hubben
Location: Wangaratta

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Apprentice 1,044 $2.90 $3,027.60 $14.00 $14,616.00
Govt Subsidised-Apprentice Concession 1,044 $0.58 $605.52 $14.00 $14,616.00
Full Fee 1,044 $6.15 $6,420.60 N/A N/A
Course Materials 1,044 $1.10 $1,148.40 N/A N/A

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no Training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course
  • Register with the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprentices only)
Units of Competency

MSF31113 – Core Units

MSMSUP102 – Communicate in the workplace
MSFGN2001 – Make measurements and calculations
MSMENV272 – Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSFGN3001 – Read and interpret work documents
MSFFM2001 – Use furniture making sector hand and power tools
MSMSUP106 – Work in a team

MSF31113 – Elective Units

MSFFM2011 – Apply manufactured board conversion techniques
MSFFF2006 – Apply surface coatings by spray gun
MSFFM2002 – Assemble furnishing components
MSFKB3003 – Check and measure fit of cabinets
MSFKB3004 – Conduct on-site adjustments to cabinets and components
MSFFM3001 – Construct chair and couch frames
MSFFM3002 – Construct furniture using leg and rail method
MSFFM3024 – Construct jigs and fixtures
MSFKB3002 – Determine requirements for installation of cabinets
MSFKB3005 – Fabricate cabinets for the built-in environment
MSFFM3005 – Fabricate custom furniture
MSFFM2007 – Follow plans to assemble production furniture
MSFFM2006 – Hand make timber joints
MSFKB3001 – Identify processes in kitchen and bathroom projects
MSFKB3006 – Install fitted cabinets and components
MSFFM3006 – Install furnishing products
MSFFM2005 – Join solid timber
MSFKB3011 – Plan kitchen and bathroom projects
MSFFM3007 – Prepare and apply decorative surfaces for furniture
MSFFM3010 – Prepare cutting list from plans and job specifications
MSFKB2001 – Prepare for cabinet installation
MSFFF2004 – Prepare surfaces for finishing
CPCCWHS1001 – Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
MSFFM3003 – Produce angled and curved furniture using manufactured board
MSFFM3004 – Produce angled and curved furniture using solid timber
MSFFM3009 – Produce manual and computer-aided production drawings
MSFFM2003 – Select and apply hardware
MSFFM2010 – Set up and operate basic static machines
MSFFM3019 – Set up, operate and maintain automated edge banding machines
MSFFM3022 – Set up, operate and maintain computer numerically controlled (CNC) machining and processing centres
MSFFM3015 – Set up, operate and maintain planing and finishing machines
MSFFM3012 – Set up, operate and maintain sawing machines
MSMWHS200 – Work safely
CPCCOHS1001A – Work safely in the construction industry

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge tests
  • Projects
  • Work observation
  • Workplace documentation
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

For further information regarding this course please call 1300 468 233.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

On campus – Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Apprentices – Enrolment in an apprenticeship course is commenced after GOTAFE receives a Training Contract completed at an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN). To locate an AASN, please go to http://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au or call 13 38 73.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

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