Certificate III in Cabinet Making

National Code: MSF31113
TAFE SA Code: TP00694


If you’re keen to work in cabinet making, this is the apprenticeship course for you. Gain the essential skills you need to work as a qualified cabinet maker with the opportunity for future specialised study. Cabinet makers typically work on projects such as kitchen fit-outs, bathroom vanities, bookcases, and entertainment units. You will get the hands-on skills and knowledge to work at trade level in the cabinet and furniture making industries, including the manufacture and installation of fitted furniture. Learn about estimating and costing a job, producing drawings, and all the tools, machines, and techniques you will use in the workplace.

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48 months 
Cabinet Maker and Furniture Maker
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Course Admission Requirements

  • You must have a Contract of Training with an employer to undertake this course

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This is an apprenticeship/traineeship course. You must have a contract of training with an employer to study this course.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 48 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training requires applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • 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 describes the trade level outcomes 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. The work is 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 Cabinet Making (MSF31113)
    This course covers communication, teamwork, power tools, measurements, calculations and work documents. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 6 core units plus 22 electives.

    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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2021 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective 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 elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Communicate in the workplace 20
    Make measurements and calculations 30
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 30
    Read and interpret work documents 24
    Use furniture making sector hand and power tools 40
    Work in a team 30


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply manufactured board conversion techniques 16
    Apply quality standards 30
    Apply sheet laminates by hand 8
    Apply surface coatings by spray gun 60
    Assemble furnishing components 20
    Check and measure fit of cabinets 20
    Conduct on-site adjustments to cabinets and components 16
    Construct furniture using leg and rail method 64
    Construct jigs and fixtures 40
    Determine requirements for installation of cabinets 46
    Estimate and cost job 16
    Fabricate cabinets for the built-in environment 80
    Fabricate custom furniture 64
    Fabricate synthetic solid surface products 40
    Hand make timber joints 40
    Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances 40
    Identify processes in kitchen and bathroom projects 80
    Install commercial vinyl floor coverings 40
    Install fitted cabinets and components 35
    Join solid timber 8
    Maintain spray equipment and booth 24
    Measure and draw site layout for manufactured furniture products 16
    Move and store materials and products 16
    Prepare and apply decorative surfaces for furniture 24
    Prepare cutting list from plans and job specifications 16
    Prepare for cabinet installation 12
    Prepare surfaces for finishing 24
    Produce and maintain cutting tools 40
    Produce angled and curved furniture using manufactured board 64
    Produce angled and curved furniture using solid timber 64
    Produce manual and computer-aided production drawings 60
    Sample, inspect and test products to specifications 36
    Select and apply hardware 16
    Select timbers for furniture production 8
    Set up and operate basic static machines 56
    Set up, operate and maintain automated edge banding machines 60
    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
    Set up, operate and maintain drilling machines 24
    Set up, operate and maintain joining machines 52
    Set up, operate and maintain multi-head planing and moulding machines 60
    Set up, operate and maintain planing and finishing machines 40
    Set up, operate and maintain routing and shaping machines 60
    Set up, operate and maintain sawing machines 24
    Work safely 30
    Work Safely in the Construction Industry 6
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