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Certificate III in Cabinet Making and Timber Technology

Code: MSF30322

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Overview

Campus
Duration

4 years part time

Next Intake

Ongoing

Hands on work in a dynamic field of cabinet making

Construct an exciting career with Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Cabinet Making and Timber Technology MSF30322. Melbourne Polytechnic’s cabinet making course is industry focused and outcomes driven, and may lead to a variety of careers in furniture making. Many cabinet makers work for themselves, so if you’ve ever wanted to own your own business and love to work with your hands, cabinet making could be the career for you.

Assemble your skills with practical experience

Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Cabinet Making and Timber Technology MSF30322 offers a unique industry-focused approach. We’ve been teaching cabinet making for almost 100 years and our students have earned many industry awards, including accolades from the Furnishing Industry of Australia. You’ll learn to examine drawings, determine specifications, work with different materials, cut and shape wood, make fittings, assemble parts, refurbish furniture and much more. Our qualified teachers have a wealth of industry experience and connections, and will guide you through your apprenticeship studies to lead you into a fulfilling and varied career in cabinet making.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate III in Cabinet Making and Timber Technology MSF30322 take me?

Possible career paths include:

  • manufacturing tradesperson
  • cabinet maker
  • furniture maker
  • furniture upholsterer
  • furniture restoration

Study Pathways

Further training pathways from this qualification include a Certificate IV in Furniture Design and Manufacturing, a Certificate IV in Building and Construction CPC40120, or other relevant qualifications.

It feels really good, especially being a female in the industry as well as for all the people who are neurodivergent and in the trades.
Jessica Currie
Certificate III in Cabinet Making and Joinery and Outstanding Apprentice/Trainee of the Year 2023
Image of a smiling female, wearing a black vest and jumper covered in dust. She is standing in a timber warehouse.

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Apprenticeship

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.

On-campus

Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

Class Schedule

Course is up to 4 years.

Assessment Methods

Projects, assignments, oral and written questions and work book activities.

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
CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry Elective 20
MSFFF2012 Prepare surfaces for finishing Elective 24
MSFFF2014 Apply surface coatings by spray gun Elective 60
MSFFM2013 Use furniture making hand and power tools Core 40
MSFFM2014 Select and apply hardware Elective 16
MSFFM2017 Hand make timber joints Elective 40
MSFFM2018 Operate basic static machines safely Elective 56
MSFFM3025 Construct furniture using leg and rail method Elective 64
MSFFM3026 Produce angled and curved components using manufactured board Elective 64
MSFFM3028 Prepare and apply decorative surfaces for furnishing products Elective 24
MSFFM3030 Produce manual and computer-aided production drawings Core 60
MSFFM3031 Prepare cutting lists from design and production documentation Core 16
MSFFM3032 Set up, operate and maintain sawing machines Elective 24
MSFFM3033 Set up, operate and maintain drilling machines Elective 24
MSFFM3038 Set up, operate and maintain automated edge banding machines Elective 60
MSFFM3042 Fabricate cabinetry Elective 80
MSFFM3043 Install cabinetry Elective 50
MSFFM3045 Set up, operate and maintain computer numerically controlled (CNC) machining and processing centres Elective 80
MSFGN2001 Make measurements and calculations Core 30
MSFGN3005 Read and interpret work documents Core 24
MSFGN3006 Estimate and cost job Elective 16
MSFKB3012 Plan kitchen and bathroom projects Elective 80
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices Core 30
MSMSUP102 Communicate in the workplace Core 20
MSMSUP106 Work in a team Core 30

Attend an Information Session

Our information sessions will give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and answer your questions about your course.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $1310 $6550 $27100
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $1485 $6800 $27350
Per year $0
Per semester $0

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

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.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

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 1st of November. 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.

Fees explained

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

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent 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

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

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

Participants are required to purchase specific texts and materials. Maximum cost AU$100 per annum.

Purchashed by students:

  • Writing tools (pens and pencils)
  • Eraser
  • Note pad
  • Claw hammer
  • Chisels
  • 1 metre folding rule

Timber Trades at Melbourne Polytechnic

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Certificate III in Shopfitting CPC30120
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Build a career as a qualified shopfitter with our Certificate III in Shopfitting CPC30120.
Certificate III in Joinery CPC31920
Construction Trades - Apprentice, Part Time - Epping, Heidelberg
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Connect to Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate III in Joinery CPC31920 and open the door to your career. Use your precision and eye for detail to create a seamless career in joinery, where you could own your own business, or work for an established timber manufacturer, architect, or reproduction joiner. Your career options will expand when you qualify as a joiner.
Certificate III in Carpentry CPC30220
Construction Trades - Apprentice, Full Time - Epping, Heidelberg
Construction Trades - Apprentice, Full Time - Heidelberg, Epping
Construct a career in carpentry and plan a path towards owning and running your own business in the trade with a Certificate III in Carpentry CPC30220. Our carpentry teachers will hone your skills in all aspects of construction and essential knowledge of building regulations, with carpentry as the prime focus.

Requirements

Applicants must be employed and registered as an apprentice to gain entry in this qualification.

Next Steps

Apprenticeships are coordinated via the Trade and Traineeship Support Unit (TSU) where you will provide details of your employer, who will register you with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.

The AASN will register your training contract with EPSILON and you will be allocated an EPSILON number. Melbourne Polytechnic will then be able to enrol you into your training program.

If you have any questions about the application procedures for an apprenticeship, please contact the TSU.

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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