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Certificate III in Cabinet Making


Certificate III in Cabinet Making MSF31113

Course Overview

This course allows students to apply a natural eye for design to skills in both traditional and modern construction methods, whether it’s for a renovation project or a new home.

Delivered as an apprenticeship in a state-of-the-art simulation workshop, participants will learn to use hand and power tools, as well as static and computer-controlled machines.

Students have the choice to complete one of two streams - either Cabinet Making or Furniture Making. Typically, a Cabinet Maker manufactures kitchen cupboards, vanities, and office counters, whereas Furniture Makers have a skill set in producing traditional furniture items such as chairs, buffets, and desks. With transferrable skills across both streams, learners have the ability to change to either stream during or after completing their apprenticeship.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2022 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the furniture-making industry as a Cabinet Maker.

Working in this industry may involve working within a factory environment or on-site installation. Hours of work may vary depending on where you work. Tasks people in this industry would perform are developing hand and power tool skills, construction and fitting of kitchens, design of furniture.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the MSF40213 Certificate III in Furniture Design and Technology.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Archer Street

Apprenticeship - Open from 14th February / 2022

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Apprenticeship - Open from 14th February / 2022

1. Subsidised Apprentice
2. Subsidised Apprentice (Concession)
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2022 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of 3 different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    1. an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    2. an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    3. ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) - contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
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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:

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • Complete the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement
  • Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider ( with your employer to organise your apprenticeship/traineeship contract prior to applying for this course (Apprentices only).

As a minimum the Construction Induction card (CI card) is required for all workers that are performing tasks on a building site, therefore this card is required.

Students will be required to have access to the following in order to complete this course:

  • Access to a computer
  • Internet access
Core Units
Use furniture making sector hand and power tools
Make measurements and calculations
Read and interpret work documents
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Communicate in the workplace
Work in a team
Elective Units
Prepare surfaces for finishing
Apply surface coatings by spray gun
Assemble furnishing components
Select and apply hardware
Join solid timber
Hand make timber joints
Set up and operate basic static machines
Apply manufactured board conversion techniques
Construct furniture using leg and rail method
Produce angled and curved furniture using manufactured board
Produce angled and curved furniture using solid timber
Fabricate custom furniture
Prepare and apply decorative surfaces for furniture
Produce manual and computer-aided production drawings
Prepare cutting list from plans and job specifications
Set up, operate and maintain sawing machines
Set up, operate and maintain planing and finishing machines
Set up, operate and maintain automated edge banding machines
Set up, operate and maintain computer numerically controlled (CNC) machining and processing centres
Estimate and cost job
Prepare for cabinet installation
Determine requirements for installation of cabinets
Check and measure fit of cabinets
Conduct on-site adjustments to cabinets and components
Fabricate cabinets for the built-in environment
Install fitted cabinets and components
Plan kitchen and bathroom projects
Work safely

Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge tests
  • Projects
  • Work observation
  • Workplace documentation

Andrew McGranahan

Students are provided with a flexible timetable which comprises of a total 15 weeks of training comprising of 5 days per week if required. This allows students and their employers to select a time that suits for attendance for training.

The training is undertaken onsite and in a workshop model which includes access to and use of a simulated workshop where students can practice their skills and demonstrate the knowledge they have acquired.

Theory can be done online but all practical tasks are conducted face to face on campus.

Students have the ability to access their trainer each week for extra support if needed. GOTAFE Trainers and Assessors also visit the apprentices in the workplace a minimum of 4 times per year.

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.

Resources students will require workwear

  • On most building sites, workers have hi-visibility shirts and standard work pants or shorts.
  • Standard building site workwear is required. i.e. What you currently wear to work. No loose-fitting clothes.

Required PPE

  • For Health reasons, PPE cannot be shared. It is preferred that all students purchase and bring their own PPE.

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Further information is provided at course induction.

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

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

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.

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