3 years full time or longer for part time.
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning, Workplace
Start date:
2 January 2020
Study off-campus:
Available for International Off-Shore or Apprenticeship.
Contact VU Polytechnic for more information
Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.


Develop valuable cabinet making skills for residential and commercial buildings with a Certificate III in Cabinet Making at Victoria University Polytechnic.

This is an apprenticeship course, designed for those currently employed as cabinet-making apprentices. It will provide you with the formal trade certificate you need, to become a fully qualified cabinet maker. You’ll be prepared to work in furniture making and the installation and manufacture of fitted furniture in kitchens and bathrooms.

Through classroom learning and work-based tasks, you’ll gain skills and knowledge to complement your on-the-job training. We provide a strong partnership between you, your employer and our teaching staff that will ensure you know how to:

  • use hand and power tools
  • apply surface coatings using a spray gun
  • produce manual and computer-aided drawings
  • estimate and cost a job.

You'll graduate with the skills, confidence and experience to be job-ready.

You’ll learn at our $44 million state-of-the-art trades hub at our Sunshine Campus. Our ‘Construction Futures’ hub is a sustainable training facility with a six-Star Green rating. It provides modern high-tech labs and dynamic workshops including:

  • concrete laboratory
  • survey laboratory
  • engine laboratory
  • soldering/construction laboratories
  • power systems laboratory
  • computer workstations with simulation and modelling software.

Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. You’ll learn practical skills on special purpose equipment at our Construction Hub, giving you the chance to test out your theoretical knowledge. Learning with us means you’ll get the hands-on learning to complement skills you are learning on-the-job at your apprenticeship.

You’ll learn from teachers who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills.  You’ll also develop links with industry and professional experience through industry simulation and live work.

Victoria University Polytechnic is a supportive place to study. We have a range of academic support programs that can help you if you are struggling with your studies.

We can help you with your assignments and assessment tasks, maths, writing skills and English language support, as well as showing you effective ways to study and manage your time and preparation. Our study support programs include:

  • workshops and study groups
  • student mentors and peer learning
  • maths and writing resources.

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

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Request a call back from one of our experienced Victoria University Polytechnic course advisers to get your questions answered.

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TAFE resources

Gain practical skills in furniture making and the manufacture and installation of fitted furniture in kitchens and bathrooms.

Careers in cabinet making

Building and construction is one of the largest industries for employment within Australia. A trade certificate from Victoria University Polytechnic can help you get your foot in the door.

Furniture making and cabinet making requires technical, organisational and craftsmanship skills. Upon completion of this course, you’ll be a fully qualified cabinet maker, ready to work building free-standing furniture or in-built cabinets. You could also work manufacturing and installing cabinets in kitchen, bathrooms and other spaces.

Graduates of this course find employment in domestic or commercial projects across various industries, including manufacturing, construction and retail trade.

Example job titles include:

  • cabinet maker
  • bespoke furniture maker
  • residential furniture maker
  • commercial furniture maker
  • assistant furniture/kitchen maker
  • furniture supervisor/foreperson.

Award winning students

Trades students from Victoria University Polytechnic are consistently recognised for industry awards and in skills competitions such as WorldSkills.

Course structure

To be awarded MSF31113 Certificate III in Cabinet Making, a student must successfully complete twenty-eight (28) units of competency, comprising of:

  • six (6) core units, and;
  • twenty-two (22) elective units from Groups A to F as specified below.

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


The Polytechnic currently offer the following specialisation(s):

  • Furniture, and;

  • Kitchens and Bathrooms.

Specialisation: Furniture

To be awarded this specialisation, the following training package rules apply:

- one (1) unit from Group A;

- a minimum of eight (8) units from Groups B or D, and;

- a minimum of eight (8) units from Group E;

- the balance of units (up to 5) can be chosen from Group F, or from Groups B, C or D.



Group A

Group B

Group C

Group C electives are not currently offered by the Polytechnic

Group D

Group E

Group F

Group F electives are not currently offered by the Polytechnic

Specialisation: Kitchens and Bathrooms

To be awarded this specialisation, the following training package rules apply:

- one (1) unit from Group A;

- a minimum of eight (8) units from Groups C or D, and;

- and a minimum of eight (8) units from Group E;

- the balance of units (up to 5) can be chosen from Group F, or from Groups B, C or D.



Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Group E

Group F

Group F electives are not currently offered by the Polytechnic

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a range of skills at trade-level for those working in furniture making and those involved in the manufacture and installation of fitted furniture typically in a kitchen, bathroom and related context. Installation skills may be applied to new or renovation work. Training programs for this qualification are suitable to be undertaken as part of a formal training contract with an employer under an Australian Apprenticeship arrangement.

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: VET

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

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll 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, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

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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.

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.

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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