Certificate III in Furniture Finishing

National Code: MSF30113
TAFE SA Code: TP00688


This qualification will prepare you to work as a furniture finisher where you can gain work either in a modern field such as kitchens and commercial interiors, or in a more traditional environment such as restoration and preservation. A furniture finisher complements and provides the final ‘wow’ factor to a finished item of furniture. It is an important and integral part of the furnishing industry and there is a high demand for qualified and experienced furniture finishers.

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Up to 48 months 

Part Time

Cabinet Maker and Furniture Maker Cabinet Maker and Furniture Maker

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements
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 48 month course
$487 - $529
$3,898 - $4,234
$243 - $243

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee
$1,852 - $2,012
$14,819 - $16,097

Student Services Fee (SSF) applies. Full-time student $20. Part-time student $10.

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

  • 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

    This qualification reflects vocational outcomes for those performing furniture finishing job roles in a defined range of skilled operations, usually within a range of broader related activities involving known routines, methods and procedures, where some discretion and judgement is required in the selection of equipment, services or contingency measures and within known time constraints.

    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 III in Furniture Finishing (MSF30113)
    This course covers safety, handling dangerous goods/hazardous substances, communication, teamwork, power tools, measurements and calculations, interpreting plans and estimating/costing. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 10 core units and 13 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
    Dismantle and re-assemble furniture 56
    Estimate and cost job 16
    Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances 40
    Make measurements and calculations 30
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 30
    Read and interpret work documents 24
    Use furniture finishing sector hand and power tools 48
    Work in a team 30
    Work safely 30


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply graining and decorative finishes 40
    Apply plural component coatings 52
    Apply soft rubber techniques 20
    Apply stains, fillers and bleach 52
    Apply surface coatings by hand 40
    Apply surface coatings by spray gun 60
    Apply traditional French polishing techniques 60
    Enhance finishes 24
    Maintain spray equipment and booth 24
    Match and make up colours 52
    Prepare surfaces for finishing 24
    Remove surface coatings 40
    Repair and touch up surfaces 40
    Set up, operate and maintain computer numerically controlled (CNC) coating systems 40
    Set up, operate and maintain mechanical coating systems 40
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