About the course

About the course

If you like working with wood and the practical approach to work then our cabinet making apprenticeship is the course for you. In our course, you will work with solid timber and manufactured board as you learn a broad range of furniture and cabinet making skills from current industry professionals.

Our cabinet making apprenticeship has an emphasis on freestanding furniture. Learn as you create high-quality furniture that you can take with you. You will begin with the basics of drawing up plans and designs as well as calculating what a project will cost then move on to more advanced skills. Our cabinet making course will teach you essential trade skills including:

  • occupational health and safety requirements
  • workplace communication skills
  • the various construction methods, materials and techniques
  • the different styles of furniture that can be created
  • to be a valuable member of a team
  • to read documents
  • to use CNC (computer numerical control) and other woodworking machines including drilling, sawing and edging machines

Course will be replaced

Please note: This course will change in the near future and alterations to the structure will occur. All new students will be enrolled into the new course.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

All year round

Full time: 3 years

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.

LocationStudy ModeStudy LoadStart DateDaysAdditional Info
12 Feb 2024

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Part Time

Career Outcomes

  • Cabinetmaker
  • Furniture Designer in
    • retail furniture or
    • furniture design
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Entry Requirements

You must be 17 years old, and must have completed Year 10 or equivalent


To apply for this course, you must also be registered with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider and have a training contract with an employer. 

We can provide information and support on how to apply for an apprenticeship with an employer listed by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider. Contact the Skills & Jobs Centre on (03) 8892 1350 or email sajc.elgar@boxhill.edu.au.

PRE-TRAINING REVIEW - 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.

Pathways & Accreditation

After successful completion you may want to apply for the Certificate IV in Furniture Design and Technology.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 3

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments.

Apprenticeship ConcessionApprenticeship Gov Subsidised
Tuition Fee$955$4,773
Service & Amenity Fee$828$828
Material Fee$888$888
Retain Course Items$0$0
Total Course Estimate$2,671$6,489
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$832$2,002

Service & Amenity Fee may vary depending on course commencement and enrolment duration. 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 2024 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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