Certificate III in Furniture Making

National Code: MSF30213
TAFE SA Code: TP00689


This course has been designed to provide you with a broad base of knowledge and practical skills required to perform a wide range of tasks in furniture making, including interpretation of specifications, and drawings, use of specialised machines and hand techniques.

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Up to 48 months 
Cabinet Maker and Furniture Maker Cabinet Maker and Furniture Maker

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 or completion date of your course, TAFE SA will communicate with you directly.

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Course Admission Requirements

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
$326 - $468
$2,610 - $3,747
$176 - $252
$1,405 - $2,018

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 may apply to Subsidised Training.

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

    Furniture maker. This course can also be used as a pathway into an apprenticeship.

    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 Making (MSF30213)
    This qualification covers safety, handling dangerous goods/hazardous substances, communication, teamwork, power tools, machinery, computer-aided drawing, measurements and calculations, interpreting documents and estimating/costing jobs. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 15 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
    Apply manufactured board conversion techniques 16
    Assemble furnishing components 20
    Communicate in the workplace 20
    Estimate and cost job 16
    Hand make timber joints 40
    Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances 40
    Make measurements and calculations 30
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 30
    Prepare surfaces for finishing 24
    Produce manual and computer-aided production drawings 60
    Read and interpret work documents 24
    Set up and operate basic static machines 56
    Use furniture making sector hand and power tools 40
    Work in a team 30
    Work safely 30


    Name Nominal Hours
    Construct furniture using leg and rail method 64
    Fabricate cabinets for the built-in environment 80
    Fabricate custom furniture 64
    Fabricate synthetic solid surface products 40
    Install fitted cabinets and components 35
    Join solid timber 8
    Prepare cutting list from plans and job specifications 16
    Produce angled and curved furniture using manufactured board 64
    Produce angled and curved furniture using solid timber 64
    Select and apply hardware 16
    Set up, operate and maintain computer numerically controlled (CNC) machining and processing centres 80
    Set up, operate and maintain computer numerically controlled (CNC) sizing machines 60
    Work safely in the construction industry 6
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