About the course

About the course

If you enjoy working with wood, creating furniture and constructing kitchens and cabinets, this furniture making course 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 finishing.

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Intake Dates & Course Length

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

Part time: 12 weeks (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) 

Flexible delivery options exist which can be negotiated at the time of enrolment.

This is a blended delivery course which will include a combination of online, remote and face to face delivery.

This is a blended delivery course which will include a combination of online, remote and face to face delivery. Blended learning can involve a range of online programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Blended learning also involves face-to-face attendance at classes or practical placements.

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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

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

Free-TAFE or Job TrainerGovernment Subsidised ConcessionGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$0$261$1,307$7,478
Service Fee$166$166$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83$83$83
Material Fee$387$387$387$387
Retain Course Items$0$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$636$897$1,943$8,114
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$636$897$1,943$8,114

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2022 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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