Certificate III in Furniture Making - MSF30213


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

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge required to perform a wide range of tasks in furniture making, including interpretation of specifications drawings, use of specialised machines and hand techniques.There are no specific licences that relate to this qualification. However, depending on the jurisdiction, licensing or regulatory requirements may apply to the use of some units in this qualification. Local regulations should be checked for details.


  • 28 units: 15 core
  • 13 elective


  • Apply sheet laminates by hand
  • Produce manual and computer-aided production drawings
  • Set up, operate and maintain joining machines
  • 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
  • Fabricate synthetic solid surface products
  • 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
  • Set up, operate and maintain routing and shaping machines
  • Bend and form cane
  • Select timbers for furniture production
  • Hand make timber joints
  • Communicate in the workplace
  • Set up, operate and maintain automated edge banding machines
  • Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances
  • Construct cane furniture
  • Fabricate custom furniture
  • Prepare surfaces for finishing
  • Follow plans to assemble production furniture
  • Select and apply hardware
  • 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
  • Assemble furnishing components
  • Produce angled and curved furniture using manufactured board
  • Set up, operate and maintain drilling machines
  • Set up and operate basic static machines
  • Set up, operate and maintain multi-head planing and moulding machines
  • Prepare and apply decorative surfaces for furniture
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Install furnishing products
  • Set up, operate and maintain planing and finishing machines
  • Use furniture making sector hand and power tools
  • Measure and draw site layout for manufactured furniture products
  • Work safely
  • Produce and maintain cutting tools
  • Join solid timber

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Lidcombe College No
  • Part-time : 2.5 years
Newcastle Campus No
  • Part-time : 2 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Lidcombe College.

An initial payment of $80 is required to confirm your enrolment into this course. If you do not wish to continue with your enrolment, you must formally advise Customer Service of your withdrawal. If you do not withdraw prior to the first date of the course, this initial payment is non-refundable. If you have any further questions, please contact us on 13 79 74.There 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.

**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

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