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Gain foundational skills to prepare for an apprenticeship in furniture making or cabinet making with a Certificate II in Furniture Making at Victoria Polytechnic.

You’ll learn to build high quality furniture in this practical pre-apprenticeship course. We will ensure you are ready to enter the trades industry by introducing you to a range of basic production skills including:

  • use of hand and power tools
  • making measurements and calculations
  • timber joining
  • furniture assembly
  • finishing and surface coating.

You’ll also learn about workplace safety and environmentally sustainable work practices.

When you graduate from this course, you’ll have a broad understanding of the industry and be prepared to choose your career path. You’ll have the skills and knowledge to gain employment as an apprentice and undertake further study such as the Certificate III in Cabinet Making

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[Supp. Desc. Info] MSF20313 - Certificate II in Furniture Making


Learn to build high quality furniture with Victoria Polytechnic's Furniture Making Pre-Apprenticeship program.


Furniture making and cabinet making require technical skills, organisational skills and craftsmanship. This pre-apprenticeship from Victoria Polytechnic can help you get your foot in the door. It will give you the industry skills and knowledge to apply for an apprenticeship and start your career. Employers often prefer apprentice applicants that have undertaken a pre-apprenticeship. 

Upon graduating, you will be ready to work as an apprentice in a production environment. You could find employment building free-standing furniture or built-in cabinets, or providing on-site assistance in installing furniture or cabinets.

Example job titles include:

  • apprentice cabinet maker
  • apprentice furniture maker
  • assistant cabinet maker
  • assistant installer (built-in cabinets for kitchens/bathrooms)
  • production operator (within cabinet making enterprise).

Course structure

To be awarded the MSF20313 Certificate II in Furniture Making, a student must successfully complete a total of thirteen (13) units, comprising of:

  • five (5) core units, and;
  • eight (8) elective units, of which:
  • up to three (3) relevant units may be chosen from the MSF20313 Certificate II in Furniture Making qualification, other endorsed training packages and/or accredited courses. Those units must be aligned at Certificate II level (maximum 3 units) or Certificate III level (maximum 1 unit)  as well as be approved by Victoria Polytechnic.

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 assistant cabinet maker, assistant installer of built-in cabinets, and production operator 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. This qualification does not cover shopfitting. Meaningful involvement of industry is essential to achieving this qualification outcome.

This qualification is suitable for persons employed in furniture making as described above. It also applies to persons who are formally engaged in a traineeship in accordance with the Australian Apprenticeships policy. The MSF20516 Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways is the appropriate qualification for VET delivered to secondary students.

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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.

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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).

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