About the course

About the course

This course is offered as an apprenticeship as well as a non-apprenticeship course.

Do you like the hands-on approach to work? Are you interested in working with wood? During this course you will work with solid timber and manufactured board as you learn a broad range of furniture making skills.

This course will teach you essential trades skills including occupational health and safety requirements, workplace communication skills and how to be a valuable member of a team.

You will learn how to read documents, use hand and power tools, the various construction methods, materials and techniques used as well as the different styles of furniture that can be created. You will begin with the basics of drawing up plans and designs as well as calculating what a project will cost.

You will use a CNC and other woodworking machines including drilling, sawing and edging machines.

Learn as you create high quality furniture items that you can take with you.

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Intake Dates & Course Length

You can enrol throughout the year. Ask about our flexible delivery options for non-apprenticeship training.

Apprenticeship: full time - 3 years (1 day per week) 8.05am to 4.35pm

Non apprenticeship: ask about our flexible delivery options

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

This course may provide you with employment opportunities in the furnishing industry as a furniture maker or lead to employment opportunities in retail furniture or furniture design.

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Entry Requirements

For the non-apprenticeship course you will need to:

  • be 16 years of age
  • apply directly to the Institute


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.


For the apprenticeship course - you will need to apply through your employer and an Australian Apprenticeship Centre.

For non-apprenticeship training - enrol directly with the Institute.

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

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Pathways & Accreditation

You may want to continue on and complete 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

Full FeeApprenticeship ConcessionApprenticeship Gov Subsidised
Tuition Fee$17,013$791$3,906
Service Fee$513$513$513
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83$83
Material Fee$832$832$832
Retain Course Items$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$18,441$2,219$5,334
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$6,659$791$1,936

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 2021 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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Course Structure

You will be required to complete 28 units 

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