About the course

About the course

If you enjoy working with wood, creating furniture and constructing kitchens and cabinets, the Certificate II in Furniture Making could help turn your interest into a career path.

This furniture course is suitable for starting a career in the cabinet and furniture making industry or for people to develop their own furniture and cabinet making skills.

Learn as you build a range of high quality furniture pieces that you can take home with you.

You will learn about basic occupational health and safety, how to read documents and how to make accurate measurements. You will participate in environmentally sustainable work practices and discover what it means to communicate and work within a team environment.

Learn to plan, cost and calculate before you begin a job. Create furniture using hand tools, power tools and wood working machinery. Learn to make joints by hand, leg and rail construction methods, furniture and cabinet assembly, timber preparation and spray finishing.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

You can enrol for the beginnnig of each term (January, April, July and October)

Part time: 6 months (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) (the time taken to complete this course will vary depending on your input)

Flexible delivery options exist which can be negotiated with the Institute

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion, you may wish to pursue employment in the furnishing industry as an apprentice furniture or cabinet maker. 

This course may also lead to employment opportunities in retail furniture or furniture design.

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Entry Requirements

This course is offered part time and is recommended for school leavers or people choosing to enter the furniture and cabinet making industry


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


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Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

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Pathways & Accreditation

After successful completion of this course, you may be eligible for direct credits into the Certificate III in Cabinet Making or Certificate III in Furniture Making.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 2

Fees & Finance Options

Government Subsidised Place

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Free TAFEGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$0$1,258$7,308
Service Fee$160$160$160
Core Skills Support Fee$80$80$80
Material Fee$387$387$387
Retain Course Items$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$627$1,885$7,935
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$627$1,885$7,935

* Does not apply to VETDSS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETDSS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Student tuition & materials fees published are indicative, and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are at 2020 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure

You will be required to complete 13 units

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