Certificate III in Cabinet Making - MSF31113


Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00591E

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a range of skills at trade-level for those working in furniture making and those involved in the manufacture and installation of fitted furniture typically in a kitchen, bathroom and related context. Installation skills may be applied to new or renovation work. The work is in a defined range of skilled operations, usually within a range of broader related activities involving known routines, methods and procedures, where some discretion and judgement is required in the selection of equipment, services or contingency measures and within known time constraints.This qualification offers a generic Certificate III in Cabinet Making, as well as two pathways targeting the skill requirements of free-standing furniture makers and kitchen and bathroom cabinet makers and installers. The following additional qualification descriptors are approved for this qualification:Pathway 1:MSF31113 Certificate III in Cabinet Making(Furniture)Pathway 2: MSF31113 Certificate III in Cabinet Making(Kitchens and Bathrooms)The MSS30312 Certificate III in Competitive Systems and Practices is available for employees at this level who already possess technical skills and who require additional manufacturing practice skills above those available in this qualification. 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 assisting in kitchen and bathroom installation. 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 MSAPMOHS200A Work safely should be selected.


  • 28 units: 6 core
  • 22 elective


  • Deliver and monitor a service to customers
  • Produce manual and computer-aided production drawings
  • Set up, operate and maintain joining machines
  • Sustain process improvements
  • Install fitted cabinets and components
  • Apply manufactured board conversion techniques
  • Make measurements and calculations
  • Produce angled and curved furniture using solid timber
  • Estimate and cost job
  • Construct furniture using leg and rail method
  • Produce computer-aided drawings
  • Fabricate synthetic solid surface products
  • Manage the impact of change on own work
  • Read and interpret work documents
  • Set up, operate and maintain sawing machines
  • Construct jigs and fixtures
  • Prepare cutting list from plans and job specifications
  • Work in a team
  • Set up, operate and maintain computer numerically controlled (CNC) sizing machines
  • Monitor process capability
  • Identify processes in kitchen and bathroom projects
  • Use planning software systems in operations
  • Determine requirements for installation of cabinets
  • Set up, operate and maintain routing and shaping machines
  • Use structured problem solving tools
  • Fabricate cabinets for the built-in environment
  • Select timbers for furniture production
  • Hand make timber joints
  • Check and measure fit of cabinets
  • Match furnishing style and materials to customer requirements
  • Communicate in the workplace
  • Set up, operate and maintain automated edge banding machines
  • Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances
  • Fabricate custom furniture
  • Prepare surfaces for finishing
  • Organise on site work
  • Interpret and use workplace information
  • Select and apply hardware
  • Apply quick changeover procedures
  • Undertake root cause analysis
  • Work in accordance with an issued permit
  • Set up, operate and maintain mechanical wood-turning lathes
  • Construct chair and couch frames
  • Set up, operate and maintain computer numerically controlled (CNC) machining and processing centres
  • Set up, operate and maintain pressure and clamping machines
  • Sample, inspect and test products to specifications
  • Assemble furnishing components
  • Produce angled and curved furniture using manufactured board
  • Set up, operate and maintain drilling machines
  • Apply 5S procedures
  • Prepare for cabinet installation
  • Set up and operate basic static machines
  • Coordinate on-site installation of furnishing products
  • Set up, operate and maintain multi-head planing and moulding machines
  • Prepare and apply decorative surfaces for furniture
  • Apply cost factors to work practices
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Install furnishing products
  • Conduct on-site adjustments to cabinets and components
  • Apply surface coatings by spray gun
  • Apply competitive systems and practices
  • Set up, operate and maintain planing and finishing machines
  • Use SCADA systems in operations
  • Use furniture making sector hand and power tools
  • Work safely in the construction industry
  • Apply Just in Time procedures
  • Contribute to the application of a proactive maintenance strategy
  • Measure and draw site layout for manufactured furniture products
  • Apply quality standards
  • Work safely
  • Produce and maintain cutting tools
  • Join solid timber

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Armidale Campus No
  • Part-time : 3 years
Casino Campus No
  • Flexible Delivery : 3 years
Casino Campus No
  • Flexible Delivery : 3 years
Lidcombe College No
  • Part-time : 2.5 years
Lidcombe College No
  • Part-time : 2.5 years
Newcastle Campus No
  • Part-time : 3 years
Newcastle Campus No
  • Part-time : 3 years
Wagga Wagga Campus No
  • Part-time : 3 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Lidcombe College, Lidcombe College.

SMART AND SKILLED FEES - APPRENTICEThis course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply. If you are a registered apprentice, you may be eligible for a Fee Free Apprenticeship, which will be verified at enrolment.The fee category that will apply to you depends on your eligibility and your individual circumstances. Your fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit https://smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au/are-you-eligiblePAYMENT OPTIONS AND ASSISTANCEFees: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/feesPayment - funding: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/payment-fundingRECOGNITIONRecognition 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.Find out more about recognition: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/recognition-credit-transfersADDITIONAL RESOURCESThere 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.

Campuses: Newcastle Campus, Newcastle Campus.

**ADDITIONAL RESOURCES**You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:PPE – All person safety equipment must be provided by each student. This includes the listed items below;- Safety glasses (must be Australian standard approved)- Hearing protection (must be Australian standard approved)- Steal cap safety boot- Dust mask

Campuses: Wagga Wagga Campus.

Students are required to provide and bring to each session appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may include: Safety glasses, gloves, safety footwear, suitable clothing such as cotton drill work wear and other equipment (e.g. ear protection or respiratory masks) in line with industry requirements for their workplace or worksite.

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