Certificate III in Cabinet Making (Apprenticeship)

Course Code MSF31113
Locations Sherwood Park (Warrnambool), Workplace training

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Study Mode Full-time, Apprenticeship, Traineeship
Length Four years
Commencement Start any time
Timetable On-the-job training plus one day a week on campus.
Note This qualification is superseded and course updates are occurring.
Course Overview

Want to begin a career in the cabinet making industry?

This apprenticeship will provide you with the ideal starting place to begin your career in this diverse industry. It will give you the skills to work as a qualified cabinet maker and the opportunity to continue study to specialise in the design of kitchen, bathrooms and interior spaces or furniture design and technology.

During this apprenticeship, you will develop hands-on skills and knowledge required to perform a range of tasks at trade-level for working in the cabinet and furniture making industries. This may include manufacture and installation of fitted furniture, typically in a kitchen, bathroom or related context.

What will I Learn?

During this apprenticeship, you will gain hands-on skills and experience a variety of areas in the cabinet making industry (depending on the elective units you and your employer select). They may include:

  • measuring and calculating
  • set up, operate and maintain drilling machines, sawing machines and computer numerically controlled sizing machines
  • selecting timbers for furniture
  • reading and interpreting documents
  • installing fitted cabinets and components
  • producing angled and curved furniture using solid timber and manufactured board
  • estimating and costing a job
  • fabricating custom furniture
  • producing manual and computer-aided production drawings

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion, you will be equipped to gain employment as a qualified cabinet making. You can work in the kitchen and bathroom industries manufacturing and installing cabinetry. 

You may choose to specialise in furniture making to work in the design and manufacture of bespoke and production furniture.


You may choose to continue further study at Certificate IV level specialising in the design of kitchen, bathrooms and interior spaces or furniture design and technology.

Information Session

Why don’t you come along to our next course info session to find out everything you need to start your learning journey? You can chat with our teachers, tour our facilities, learn more about the course, find out about the application process and get your questions answered by our course experts. 

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Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

You need to be employed as an apprentice in the cabinet making industry to be eligible to enrol in this course.

If you are currently not employed in this field please contact the Skills and Jobs Centre for further advice on 1300 648 911.

Apprenticeship/Traineeship Entry Requirements

You need to be employed in this field as an apprentice or trainee before commencing this course.

If you are currently not employed in this field please contact the Skills and Jobs Centre for further advice. 

Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete 28 units: 6 core and 22 electives.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
MSFGN2001 Make measurements and calculations 30 $0.00
MSFFM2006 Hand make timber joints 40 $0.00
MSFFM2010 Set up and operate basic static machines 56 $0.00
MSFGN3002 Estimate and cost job 16 $0.00
MSFFM2001 Use furniture making sector hand and power tools 40 $0.00
MSFGN3001 Read and interpret work documents 24 $0.00
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 30 $0.00
MSMSUP102 Communicate in the workplace 20 $0.00
MSMSUP106 Work in a team 30 $0.00
MSMWHS200 Work safely 30 $0.00
MSFFM2011 Apply manufactured board conversion techniques 16 $0.00
MSFFM3003 Produce angled and curved furniture using manufactured board 64 $0.00
MSFFM3004 Produce angled and curved furniture using solid timber 64 $0.00
MSFFM3005 Fabricate custom furniture 64 $0.00
MSFFM3008 Select timbers for furniture production 8 $0.00
MSFFM3009 Produce manual and computer-aided production drawings 60 $0.00
MSFFM3010 Prepare cutting list from plans and job specifications 16 $0.00
MSFFM3012 Set up, operate and maintain sawing machines 24 $0.00
MSFFM3013 Set up, operate and maintain drilling machines 24 $0.00
MSFFM3019 Set up, operate and maintain automated edge banding machines 60 $0.00
MSFKB2001 Prepare for cabinet installation 12 $0.00
MSFKB3002 Determine requirements for installation of cabinets 46 $0.00
MSFKB3004 Conduct on-site adjustments to cabinets and components 16 $0.00
MSFKB3006 Install fitted cabinets and components 35 $0.00
TLID2003 Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances 40 $0.00
MSFKB3011 Plan kitchen and bathroom projects 80 $0.00
MSFFM3022 Set up, operate and maintain computer numerically controlled (CNC) machining and processing centres 80 $0.00
BSBOPS304 Deliver and monitor a service to customers 35 $0.00
TLID0021 Store and handle dangerous goods and hazardous substances 40 $0.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
CPCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry 6 $70.00

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

After applying

Once you have applied for your chosen course, you will receive a thank you email from South West TAFE with a few steps to help process your enrolment.

Complete a Pre-Training Review
You will receive an email to complete a Pre-Training Review online evaluation. This evaluation helps us tailor your training to suit your needs.

Create or provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
A USI is a nationally recognised reference number that provides an online record of your training qualifications gained in Australia.
Create your USI
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Skills recognition
If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.

Course Fees

Here's an outline of fees and costs associated with your course.

Your fees each year can be made up of 3 different elements.  Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. :

  1. Tuition fees - charged as an hourly rate that varies from course to course. A large portion of the tuition is subsidised by the Victorian Government for eligible students.
  2. Resource and/or materials costs - covers the cost of materials and other incidentals. This fee will vary according to the course being undertaken.
  3. Booklist items - such as textbooks, equipment and stationery recommended for your course

Tuition fees

There are 4 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you (depending on your eligibility and circumstances). 

  1. Government Subsidised Fee - you could be eligible for a government-subsidised rate under the Skills First funding depending on your age, educational history, and citizenship or residency status. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
    Find out more about subsidised training

  2. Government Subsidised Concession Fee - If you are eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place and hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment, you may be eligible for the concession rate. Note, the concession rate is not applicable to Diploma level courses.
    Find out more about concession rates

  3. If the course is a Free TAFE course or part of the Free TAFE Pathways Program - Eligible students will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). Any resource or material costs, or booklist items for this course are listed in the table below.
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    Find out more about Free TAFE Pathways Programs

  4. Full fee - If you are not eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place, exemption, concession or are enrolling in a course that isn't government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate.


The fees listed below are indicative only. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future.

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Course fees by student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $1,495.00
Concession rate $300.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $14,310.00
Resource and/or materials costs

Some courses require specific resources or materials necessary for your study eg: tools of the trade, excursions, etc. Final costs will be determined upon enrolment.

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Additional course fees Indicative Course Fee
Course consumable/materials (approximate) $440.00
How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
How to apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship

There are five simple steps to apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship with us.

  1. Find a job - find a job as an apprentice or trainee through an Apprenticeship Centre or Group Training Company.
  2. Register - register with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) and nominate SWTAFE as your training provider (your employer will usually do this for you).
  3. Complete a pre-training review - SWTAFE staff will contact you to organise your Pre-Training Review once your ASSN contract registration is complete.
  4. Enrol - complete the enrolment form provided to you and provide your identification.
  5. Sign - once you’ve completed your enrolment form and verified your identification you will receive your student declaration form to review and sign. You can sign this digitally via your smartphone, computer or tablet.

If need any assistance with applying, contact our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus.

Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Careers Coaches at the Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you.

Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.