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 Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

You can enrol throughout the year

Full time: 3 years (1 day per week, 8.05am to 4.35pm)

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 of this course you may apply for employment opportunities in the furnishing industry as a cabinetmaker.  

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

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Entry Requirements


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.


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.


Direct entry (apply through your employer and an Australian Apprenticeship Centre)

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

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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$888$4,440
Service Fee$804$804
Core Skills Support Fee$0$0
Material Fee$888$888
Retain Course Items$0$0
Total Course Estimate$2,580$6,132
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$804$1,892

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 2023 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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