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 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)

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Career Outcomes

This course may provide you with 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 to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Apprenticeship ConcessionApprenticeship Gov SubsidisedFull Fee
Tuition Fee$844$4,164$20,418
Service Fee$495$495$495
Core Skills Support Fee$80$80$80
Material Fee$888$888$888
Retain Course Items$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$2,307$5,627$21,881
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$760$1,753$6,513

* 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 28 units

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