Certificate III in Furniture Finishing - MSF30113


Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge required to perform a wide range of tasks associated with the preparation of surfaces and applying stains, coatings and finishes to furniture in manufacture or repair. Participation in teams, including group or team coordination, may be required.A specialisation in French polishing can be recognised in this qualification where the following elective units are achieved:MSFFF2003 Remove surface coatingsMSFFF2004 Prepare surfaces for finishingMSFFF2007 Apply stains, fillers and bleachMSFFF2008 Apply surface coatings by handMSFFF3001 Match and make up coloursMSFFF3007 Apply graining and decorative finishesMSFFF3008 Apply traditional French polishing techniquesWhere this specialisation is achieved, RTOs should identify this as follows:MSF30113 Certificate III in Furniture Finishing(specialising in French Polishing)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.


  • 23 units: 10 core
  • 13 elective


  • Apply soft rubber techniques
  • Set up, operate and maintain mechanical coating systems
  • Apply traditional French polishing techniques
  • Remove surface coatings
  • Make measurements and calculations
  • Estimate and cost job
  • Maintain spray equipment and booth
  • Dismantle and re-assemble furniture
  • Set up, operate and maintain computer numerically controlled (CNC) coating systems
  • Read and interpret work documents
  • Match and make up colours
  • Enhance finishes
  • Work in a team
  • Use furniture finishing sector hand and power tools
  • Communicate in the workplace
  • Apply surface coatings by hand
  • Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances
  • Prepare surfaces for finishing
  • Repair and touch up surfaces
  • Apply plural component coatings
  • Apply graining and decorative finishes
  • Apply stains, fillers and bleach
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Apply surface coatings by spray gun
  • Work safely

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  • Part-time : 48 months

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