Certificate II in Furniture Making - MSF20313

South West TAFE

Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree

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. This qualification is suitable for persons employed in furniture making as described above. It also applies to persons who are formally engaged in a traineeship in accordance with the Australian Apprenticeships policy. The MSF20516 Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways is the appropriate qualification for VET delivered to secondary students.There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, depending on the state and territory where work is undertaken licensing may relate to this qualification where the candidate is required to work on-site. The licensing requirement will usually involve construction induction training. Where licensing is required the unit CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry should be selected. If no licensing requirement exists (e.g. where all work will be off-site) then the unit MSMWHS200 Work safely should be selected


  • 13 units: 5 core
  • 8 elective


  • Apply sheet laminates by hand
  • Provide assistance in cabinet installation
  • Sustain process improvements
  • Apply manufactured board conversion techniques
  • Make measurements and calculations
  • Manage the impact of change on own work
  • Work in a team
  • Monitor process capability
  • Bend and form cane
  • Hand make timber joints
  • Handle goods
  • Communicate in the workplace
  • Construct cane furniture
  • Prepare surfaces for finishing
  • Interact with computing technology
  • Follow plans to assemble production furniture
  • Select and apply hardware
  • Apply quick changeover procedures
  • Set up, operate and maintain pressure and clamping machines
  • Undertake minor maintenance
  • Assemble furnishing components
  • Prepare for cabinet installation
  • Set up and operate basic static machines
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Apply surface coatings by spray gun
  • Apply competitive systems and practices
  • Receive or despatch goods
  • Use furniture making sector hand and power tools
  • Work safely in the construction industry
  • Contribute to the application of a proactive maintenance strategy
  • Apply quality standards
  • Work safely
  • Join solid timber

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Sherwood Park Domestic: $5,510
  • Full-time : 10 months
  • Part-time : 20 months

Fee comments

Campuses: Sherwood Park.

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