Certificate III in Cabinet Making and Timber Technology

National Code: MSF30322
TAFE SA Code: TP01437


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
Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 48 month course
$0 - $475
$0 - $3,796
$0 - $280
$0 - $2,236
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 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 and Timber Technology (MSF30322)
    This course covers communication, teamwork, power tools, measurements, calculations and work documents. To complete the qualification, you are required to complete all 8 core units plus 17 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.

    * 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
    Make measurements and calculations 30
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 30
    Prepare cutting lists from design and production documentation 16
    Produce manual and computer-aided production drawings 60
    Use furniture making hand and power tools 40
    Work in a team 30


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply sheet laminates by hand 8
    Apply surface coatings by spray gun 60
    Assemble furnishing products 20
    Construct furniture using leg and rail method 64
    Design, construct and test jigs 90
    Determine and document requirements for cabinetry installation 48
    Fabricate cabinetry 80
    Hand make timber joints 40
    Install cabinetry 50
    Join solid timber 8
    Operate basic static machines safely 56
    Prepare for cabinetry installation 12
    Produce angled and curved components using manufactured board 64
    Produce angled and curved components using solid timber 64
    Read and interpret work documents 24
    Select and apply hardware 16
    Set up, operate and maintain computer numerically controlled (CNC) machining and processing centres 80
    Work safely 30
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