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Furniture Making Pathways

Certificate II in

Code: MSF20516
Our courses are being delivered online
TAFEs are recognised as essential services by the Victorian Government and are continuing to operate.

In response to the current coronavirus restrictions, Melbourne Polytechnic is transitioning its more than 240 courses to remote and flexible learning. This means students will not be required on campus at this stage unless notified by their teacher.

Overview

Campus

Heidelberg

Duration

16 weeks full time

Duration

16 weeks full time

Next Intake

April

Next Intake

April

Joining furniture making to building and construction

Start building towards your future with Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways and Certificate II in Building and Construction (Joinery/Shopfitting/Stairbuilding). The furniture industry in Australia is growing, with household goods soaring to the top of all non-food retail categories in the country in 2018. You’ll learn to build a lot more than just furniture - this course will also teach you to make windows, doors and stairs. You’ll meet industry professionals and take your seat in the furniture manufacturing trade.

Measure twice, cut once and learn from the best!

Furniture Making and joinery require a specialised set of skills, offered by Melbourne Polytechnic’s industry-experience teachers. We’ve been teaching furniture making for almost 100 years and our students have earned many industry awards, including accolades from the Furnishing Industry of Australia. You’ll learn technical skills, problem-solving, detail-orientation, craftsmanship and organisational skills, as part of a course recognised by the Cabinet Makers Association and the Australian Furniture Association (AFA). Created with industry, for industry hands-on practical coursework will teach you to construct an oil stone box, a hall cabinet and other pieces of furniture. Our teachers maintain industry connections and might help you secure an apprenticeship at the conclusion of your studies.

Opening doors to your future

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate II in Building and Construction (Joinery/Shopfitting/Stairbuilding) will provide you with the tools that you’ll need moving forward into an apprenticeship in joinery, cabinet making, or a number of other related fields. Melbourne Polytechnic has strong relationships with local employers, and our high-quality training combined with our industry reputation might help you to secure work placement and a future in an essential, growing industry.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate II in Building and Construction (Joinery/Shopfitting/Stairbuilding) will provide you with the tools that you’ll need moving forward into an apprenticeship in joinery, cabinet making, or a number of other related fields.
  • Joiner
  • Shopfitter
  • Stairbuilder
  • Timber Machinist
  • Manufacturing Tradesperson
  • Cabinet Maker
  • Furniture Maker
  • Furniture Restorer
  • Furniture Upholsterer

Pathways

On successful completion of this course you are eligible for credit transfers toward the Certificate III in Cabinet Making (MSF31113), Certificate III in Joinery (CPC31912), Certificate III in Carpentry (CPC30211) or Certificate III in Shopfitting (CPC30116).

Akolda Bil

"It means 'future' to me. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... Studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Class based
  • Practical

Assessment Methods

Assessment for this course is competency based. You have the opportunity to demonstrate competence by satisfactorily completing the specified theory based tasks and practical assessment tasks.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
CPCCCM1012A WORK EFFECTIVELY AND SUSTAINABLY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY Core 20
CPCCCM1014A CONDUCT WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION Core 20
CPCCCM1015A CARRY OUT MEASUREMENTS AND CALCULATIONS Core 20
CPCCCM2006 APPLY BASIC LEVELLING PROCEDURES Core 8
CPCCOHS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry Core 20
CPCCWHS1001 PREPARE TO WORK SAFELY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY Core 6
CUAACD303 PRODUCE TECHNICAL DRAWINGS Core 50
HLTAID002 PROVIDE BASIC EMERGENCY LIFE SUPPORT Core 12
MSFFM2001 FURNITURE MAKING HAND AND POWER TOOLS Core 40
MSFFM2002 ASSEMBLE FURNISHING COMPONENTS Core 20
MSFFM2003 SELECT AND APPLY HARDWARE Core 16
MSFFP2001 BASIC FURNITURE MAKING PROJECT Core 100
MSFFP2002 Develop a career plan for the furnishing industry Core 30
MSFFP2003 PREPARE SURFACES Core 24
MSFFP2004 APPLY DOMESTIC SURFACE COATINGS Core 40
MSFFP2005 JOIN FURNISHING MATERIALS Core 10
MSFFP2006 MAKE SIMPLE TIMBER JOINTS Core 40
MSFGN2001 Make measurements and calculations Core 30
MSMENV272 PARTICIPATE IN ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE WORK PRACTICES Core 30
MSMPCI103 DEMONSTRATE CARE AND APPLY SAFE WORK PRACTICES Core 30
VU22014 PREPARE TO WORK IN THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY Core 16
VU22015 INTERPRET AND APPLY BASIC PLANS AND DRAWINGS Core 25
VU22016 ERECT AND SAFELY USE WORKING PLATFORMS Core 24
VU22022 Identify and handle carpentry tools and equipment Core 100
VU22059 Use aluminium sections for fabrication Core 40
VU22060 Operate basic static machines Core 60
VU22061 Carry out basic construction processes Core 60
VU22062 Construct basic doors and windows Core 40
VU22063 Construct a basic shopfitting display unit Core 40
VU22064 Construct a basic stair Core 40

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $420 $2100 $15450
Materials fee $110 $110 $110
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $705 $2460 $15810
Per year $0
Per semester $0

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2019. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.
Are you eligible for subsidised study?
You could be eligible for up to $20,000 in government funding.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Concession fees are charged at 20% of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking 

Additional expenses

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counseling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

Learning resources and text books are supplied as part of your enrolment and material fees.
Students are required to supply:
  • overalls, workpants or workshorts
  • sleeved shirt or t-shirt (strictly no singlets)
  • leather safety footwear (steel capped boots not essential)
  • clear safety glasses - compliant with relevant Australian Standards
  • Hearing protection - compliant with relevant Australian Standards (ear muffs or buds)
  • Stationary and Tools -
    2H pencils
    Eraser
    Basic calculator
    Exercise book - any size
    Biros
    1M Folding Rule - Metrick
    5 to 8M retractable metric tape measure
    Nail punch 1.5mm
    Drill bits - 2.5, 3, 4.5 & 5mm
    Countersink bit
    Screwdriver bits - Phillips & Pozi drive #2
    Magnetic bit holder
    Tool box

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Requirements

  • preference will be given if you have completed Year 10

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form. You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about TPPs here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

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