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

National Code MSF31113
Study Areas Furniture & Cabinet Making
Study Level Apprenticeship
Study Type Local
Study Mode

FT: 3 years,

Course Type Apprenticeship
Campuses Workplace, Box Hill

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Apprentice Gov. Subsidised $1,190.00
Apprentice Concession $238.00
Full Tuition Fee $5,950.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees $272.00
Retain Course Items*** No fee applies

* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, 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).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 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.

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

You can enrol throughout the year

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

Workplace, Box Hill

You must:

  • be registered with an Australian Apprenticeship Centre
  • have a training contract with an employer


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs the Institute and CAE 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.

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

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

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

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

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.





This unit of competency covers assessing a site, including walls, floors, appliances, services and other structural components, to determine implications and modifications required for location and installation of cabinets.


This unit of competency covers taking measurements on-site and checking cabinetry to ensure accurate fit. It requires assessment of levels and squareness of walls and floors and other structural components to determine adjustments required on cabinets to ensure exact fit.


This unit of competency covers preparing a site and confirming completeness of cabinets and components required for installation. It requires checking of job information and identifying quality issues.

Last updated: April 18, 2019 04:52pm