Up to Four Years (Standard Completion Three Years) part time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face, elearning and Workplace
Study off-campus:
Available for Apprenticeship.
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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 MSF31113 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 in our multi-million dollar trades facilities 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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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.

World-class facilities

The new purpose-built Construction building located at the Sunshine Campus is a state-of-the-art training facility built to meet the new and emerging requirements of the industry.

Industry recognition

VU trades' students are consistently recognised for industry awards and competitions such as WorldSkills.

Course structure

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.

To be awarded the MSF31113 Certificate III in Cabinet Making generic qualification, competency must be achieved in twenty-eight (28)  units of competency, comprising of

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

                One (1)  unit from Group A
                a minimum of eight (8)  units in any combination from Groups B, C or D
                a minimum of eight (8)  units from Group E

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.

Students have the opportunity to select elective units designed for a furniture and/or a kitchen and bathroom focus.

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).



Group A

Alternative choice elective

Group B

Group C

Group D

Group E

Group F

Group F electives are not currently offered

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers and/or for Continuing students only.

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.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: VET

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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

As part of the application process, applicants must complete a Pre-training Review (PTR) and undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission.
Local admission requirements for Apprenticeship:
must have an active employer
must have an active Epsilon number prior to commencing the courseWhere the apprentice or trainee is under the age of 18, an employer sign off maybe 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.

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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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