4 months full time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning
Start dates:
29 January 2024
15 July 2024
Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.


Turn your passion for furniture making into a career with the Certificate II in Cabinet Making and Timber Technology MSF20322 at Victoria University Polytechnic.

This cabinet-making course will provide you with foundational skills to manufacture and install furniture and cabinetry. You’ll finish the course prepared to work in furniture making, specialising in manufacturing and installing fitted furniture for kitchens and bathrooms.

Along with career skills such as communication and safe-work practices, you will master woodwork techniques including:

  • taking accurate measurements for cabinets and other furniture
  • creating basic technical drawings
  • using hand tools and power tools
  • assembling and finishing cabinets
  • applying surface coating with a spray gun.

Our qualified trainers and assessors, in conjunction with experienced industry partners, will equip you with the skills and knowledge for an exciting career in the furniture industry.

Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world.

You’ll be guided by teachers who have valuable workplace contacts and the latest industry-standard skills and knowledge.

Studying with us means you’ll get the hands-on experience required to be job-ready when you graduate.

Victoria University Polytechnic has academic support programs and tailored resources designed to help you succeed in your studies.

Through workshops, mentoring, and study groups, we can help you with:

  • assignments and assessment tasks
  • maths skills
  • writing skills
  • English language
  • time management
  • study strategies.

We also have disability support services and counselling services available to all students.

You'll learn in multimillion-dollar facilities, designed to accommodate large-scale construction exercises, at our Sunshine Campus.

Our ‘Construction Futures’ hub is a sustainable trades training facility with a six-star Green rating.

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Careers in furniture and cabinet making

Following this furniture- and cabinet-making course, you'll be ready to work as an assistant, or under general supervision as a member of a team, building free-standing or built-in furniture.

Graduating with a solid understanding of quality manufacturing, you will be ready for workshop-based or on-site roles, including:

  • timber and composite furniture creation
  • kitchen and bathroom renovation
  • built-in cabinet installation
  • production operations.

Job titles include:

  • assistant cabinet maker
  • assistant installer of built-in cabinets for kitchens.

Course structure

To be awarded the MSF20322 Certificate II in Cabinet Making and Timber Technology, a total of twelve (12) units of competency must be achieved, comprising:

  • seven (7) core units, and;
  • five (5) elective units, of which:
  • at least three (3) units coded MSFFM or MSFKB from the list of electives
  • up to two (2) additional units from the elective list or from any endorsed Training Package or accredited course.   

Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification, maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

The course structure comprises the following core and elective units. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback.

VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).



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 as assistant cabinet makers, assistant installers of built-in cabinets, and production operators 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.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: VET

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

  • government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
  • full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs.

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Entry requirements

All applicants are required to complete the following to determine suitability for admission:
complete a Pre-training Review (PTR); and
must undertake a literacy and numeracy assessment.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Available start dates:

  • 29 January 2024
  • 15 July 2024

Before you apply

Before starting your application, please read through the step-by-step VU Polytechnic application process to make sure you have all the necessary documents and information ready to successfully complete your application.

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