Certificate III in Furniture Finishing

National Code: MSF30122
TAFE SA Code: TP01436


Furniture Finishing is all about adding the final ‘wow’ factor to a piece of furniture. You may be employed in the production of new furniture, applying stains and coatings to the finished items, or in the repair and restoration of older pieces, giving them a new lease on life. You’ll learn to estimate and cost projects, how to use hand and power tools, and how prepare furniture surfaces and apply finishes as required. The Certificate III in Furniture Finishing also offers opportunities to specialise in skilled techniques like French polishing that are always in demand.

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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
Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 48 month course
$0 - $380
$0 - $3,037
$0 - $224
$0 - $1,789
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require 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 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 (MSF30122)
    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 8 core units and 14 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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 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
    Dismantle and reassemble furniture for finishing 56
    Estimate and cost job 16
    Make measurements and calculations 30
    Read and interpret work documents 24
    Use furniture finishing 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 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
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 30
    Prepare surfaces for finishing 24
    Remove surface coatings 40
    Repair and touch up surfaces 40
    Store and handle dangerous goods and hazardous substances 40
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