Duration:
Up to Four Years (Standard Completion Three Years) part time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning
Location: 
Study off-campus:
Available for Apprenticeship.
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Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.

Overview

Develop valuable cabinet-making skills for residential and commercial buildings with the Certificate III in Cabinet Making and Timber Technology MSF30322 at Victoria University.

This furniture-making apprenticeship course leads to a formal trade qualification, and is designed for those currently employed in cabinet making and timber technology. Through classroom learning and work-based tasks, you will gain skills and knowledge to complement your on-the-job training.

Along with general work skills such as communication, teamwork, and safe work practices, you will learn practical techniques for:

  • measuring and drawing (including computer-aided design, CAD)
  • interpreting work documentation
  • preparing cutting lists
  • wood machining for cabinet and furniture making
  • manufacturing and/or installing products (furniture and cabinetry)
  • constructing and installing kitchens and bathrooms 
  • drafting plans for cabinetry.

Once you complete your cabinet-making apprenticeship, your trade certificate will let you apply to become registered in the industry.

Everything you learn at Victoria University 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 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 cabinet making

Following your cabinet-making apprenticeship, you will be ready to get registered for industry and pursue a career in:

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

Job titles include:

  • cabinet maker and installer
  • furniture maker.

Course structure

The course structure comprises the core and elective units. The electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Where appropriate, electives may be packaged to provide a qualification with a specialisation.

To be awarded the MSF30322 Certificate III in Cabinet Making and Timber Technology, a student must successfully complete a total of twenty-five (25) units of competency, comprising of:

  • eight (8) core units, and;
  • seventeen (17) elective units, of which:
    • eight (8) to thirteen (13) units from Group A to F
    • three (3) to eight (8) units from Group G
    • one (1) to two (2) units from Group H
    • up to five (5) units not listed below from any Training Package or accredited course. These units must be relevant to the work outcome as outlined in the qualification description above, must not duplicate the outcome of other units used to achieve this qualification, must not include any unit-coded MSFFP and must not include more than 1 unit aligned at a level lower than Australian Qualifications Framework Level 3.

Victoria University offers the following specialisation(s):

  • Furniture
  • Kitchens and Bathrooms

Specialisation - Furniture
To be awarded the MSF30322 Certificate III in Cabinet Making and Timber Technology (Furniture), a student must successfully complete a total of twenty-five (25) units of competency, comprising of:

  • eight (8) core units, and;
  • seventeen (17) elective units, of which:
    • eight (8) to thirteen (13) units from Group A to F and must include five (5) units from Group A
    • three (3) to eight (8) units from Group G
    • one (1) to two (2) units from Group H
    • up to five (5) units not listed below from any Training Package or accredited course. These units must be relevant to the work outcome as outlined in the qualification description above, must not duplicate the outcome of other units used to achieve this qualification, must not include any unit-coded MSFFP and must not include more than 1 unit aligned at a level lower than Australian Qualifications Framework Level 3.

Specialisation - Kitchens and Bathrooms
To be awarded the MSF30322 Certificate III in Cabinet Making and Timber Technology (Kitchens and Bathrooms), a student must successfully complete a total of twenty-five (25) units of competency, comprising of:

  • eight (8) core units, and;
  • seventeen (17) elective units, of which:
    • eight (8) to thirteen (13) units from Group A to F and must include five (5) units from Group B
    • three (3) to eight (8) units from Group G
    • one (1) to two (2) units from Group H
    • up to five (5) units not listed below from any Training Package or accredited course. These units must be relevant to the work outcome as outlined in the qualification description above, must not duplicate the outcome of other units used to achieve this qualification, must not include any unit-coded MSFFP and must not include more than 1 unit aligned at a level lower than Australian Qualifications Framework Level 3.

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).

CORE UNITS - all students

ELECTIVE UNITS

Specialisation - Furniture

Group A - Furniture

Group B: Kitchens and bathrooms

Group F: Drafting

Group G: General electives

Group H - Safe Work (one unit from below)

Specialisation - Kitchens and Bathrooms

Group A - Furniture

Group B: Kitchens and bathrooms

Group F: Drafting

Group G: General electives

Group H - Safe Work (one unit from below)

Elective Units for Credit Transfer for Transitioning Students Only

Group B - Kitchens and Bathrooms

Furniture Specialisation Group G - General electives

Workers with this qualification have tradesperson-level skills in the manufacture and/or installation of products, including furniture and cabinetry, made from timber and other materials.
They have core skills in tool use, measuring, drawing (including computer-aided design), interpreting work documentation, preparing cutting lists, communication, teamwork, and safe and environmentally sustainable work practices. They may have specialised skills in wood machining, cabinet and furniture making, kitchen and bathroom construction and installation, or drafting.Work is in a defined range of skilled operations, usually within a range of broader activities involving established routines, methods and procedures, where some discretion and judgement is required in the selection of equipment, services or contingency measures. Individuals collaborate with others to achieve quality outcomes and take responsibility for their own work. They may have some limited responsibility for the work of others.

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 must complete the following to determine suitability for admission:
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complete a Pre-training Review (PTR); and
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must undertake a literacy and numeracy assessment.
Local admission requirements for Apprenticeship applicants:
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must have an active employer
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must have an active Epsilon number prior to commencing the course
Where the apprentice is under the age of 18, an employer sign-off may be required.

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.

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