Certificate II in Furniture Finishing

National Code: MSF20213
TAFE SA Code: TP00685


This course has been designed to provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to prepare timber surfaces, apply stains and colour as well as operate spray equipment, and relevant hand and power tools. In addition you will learn about industry safety and environmentally sustainable practices.

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Up to 12 months 

Part Time

In response to COVID-19, TAFE SA has had to make some changes to how courses are delivered. If any changes are made to the delivery of your course, TAFE SA will communicate with you directly.

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access subsidised training will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
$106 - $115
$211 - $229
$106 - $115
$211 - $229

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee
$3,851 - $4,179
$7,702 - $8,359

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    A Furniture Finisher or more commonly known as a Furniture Polisher can be employed in either a small workshop environment finishing or restoring varying types of furnishings or in a larger work group of a more industrious environment commonly affiliated with the kitchen and bathroom industry or larger commercial builders.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate II in Furniture Finishing (MSF20213)
    This qualification covers safety, communication, teamwork, power tools, surface coatings, measurements and calculations and handling dangerous goods/hazardous substances. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 8 core units and 5 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Communicate in the workplace 20
    Follow OHS procedures 20
    Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances 40
    Make measurements and calculations 30
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 30
    Remove surface coatings 40
    Use furniture finishing sector hand and power tools 48
    Work in a team 30


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply stains, fillers and bleach 52
    Apply surface coatings by hand 40
    Apply surface coatings by spray gun 60
    Maintain spray equipment and booth 24
    Prepare surfaces for finishing 24
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