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Develop the foundational skills to access an apprenticeship in furniture finishing, with a Certificate II in Furniture Finishing at Victoria University Polytechnic.

In this practical pre-apprenticeship course, you'll learn how to:

  • prepare surfaces
  • mix and apply stains
  • apply finishing material by hand and spray gun
  • restore furnishing items
  • operate a range of furniture finishing equipment
  • cost furniture finishing jobs.

This course also covers workplace safety and environmentally sustainable work practices. You’ll learn how to work safely with hazardous substances and dangerous goods.

When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to gain employment as a furniture-finishing apprentice.

Learn how to operate furniture finishing equipment and mix and apply stains with this practical pre-apprenticeship course.

Careers in furniture finishing

Furniture finishing requires technical skills, organisational skills and craftsmanship. This pre-apprenticeship from Victoria University Polytechnic can help you get your foot in the door of the furnishing industry.

It will give you the skills and knowledge to apply for an apprenticeship and start your career. Employers often prefer apprentice applicants that have undertaken a pre-apprenticeship. 

Example job titles include:

  • furniture-finishing apprentice
  • assistant furniture finisher
  • plywood and veneer repairer
  • wood-processing machine operator.

Course structure

To be awarded MSF20213 Certificate II in Furniture Finishing, a student must complete a total of thirteen (13) units of competency, consisting of:

  • eight (8) core units, and;

  • five (5) elective units, of which:

  • three (3) units must be selected from Group A, and;
  • two (2) units may be selected from units not previously selected in Group A, or any units available in the MSF Furnishing Training Package, other endorsed training packages and accredited course (Group B).  The units must be aligned at Certificate II or III level.

Electives must be industry relevant as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.

This qualification describes the skills and knowledge required to perform a range of finishing techniques for furniture and covers basic dismantling and assembly of furniture items for surface finishing involving known routines and procedures and some accountability for the quality of outcomes. It involves collaboration with others through members of a group or team.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

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 a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
  • 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. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

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Entry requirements

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.

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.

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.

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