Develop a broad range of furniture and cabinet making skills with emphasis on skills required in kitchen and bathroom manufacture and installation. Our cabinet making course specialises in kitchens and bathrooms and it’s offered as an apprenticeship or as a non-apprenticeship course. In our cabinet making course, you will gain experience working with solid timber and manufactured board. You’ll learn from current industry professionals and gain experience in all aspects of the industry:

  • working with solid timber and manufactured board
  • various construction methods, materials, techniques and furniture styles
  • methods of kitchen and bathroom manufacture
  • drawing, planning, design and fabrication
  • calculating the cost of a project
  • cabinet and furniture installation
  • use of hardware and machinery
  • specialised tools technology such as CNC (computer numerical control)
  • occupational health and safety requirements
  • workplace communication skills and how to be a valuable member of a team
  • to source and purchase material/parts for service jobs
  • to provide quotations and deliver a service to customers

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. Ask about our flexible delivery options for non-apprenticeship training.

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

Non-apprenticeship training also exists, ask about our flexible delivery options.

Workplace, Box Hill

For the apprenticeship course, you must have:

  • previously registered with an Australian Apprenticeship Centre.
  • a training contact with an employer.

For the non-apprenticeship course, you must:

  • be at least 16 years of age.


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.

Further training pathways from this qualification include the Certificate IV in Furniture Design and Technology and relevant supervisory, management or competitive manufacturing qualifications.

Direct entry (apprentices are required to apply through your employer).

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 cabinet making industry as a cabinetmaker and installer.





This unit of competency covers planning production processes, and constructing and assembling components to fabricate cabinets that meet predetermined specifications in a manufacturing workshop environment. It includes operating computer numerically controlled (CNC) and static machines.


This unit of competency covers determining required cabinet adjustments, selecting appropriate techniques, and making and checking the adjustments to pre-made cabinets in order to achieve accurate fit at site of installation.


This unit of competency covers installing cabinets in residential and commercial environments according to specifications and design plans, including the application of selected components to achieve a quality finish. It includes accessing and applying information and instructions for the use of components and cabinet products.


This unit of competency covers preparing, laying out, applying and finalising processes for applying sheet laminates by hand.

Last updated: April 18, 2019 04:55pm