MSF31113 - Certificate III in Cabinet Making

DurationThere are multiple durations. Please refer to Course Structure below.
On-campus and Rockhampton City
Next intakeOctober, 2023
Study modeEmployer Based (VET Providers Only), On Campus, RPL/RCC/Credit
Total units28


If you are looking at becoming a qualified, trade-level cabinet maker then this course is for you. The course is offered as apprentice delivery only.

This qualification is for indentured apprentices who are involved in the manufacture and installation of fitted furniture, typically in a kitchen, bathroom or related context. This qualification is delivered over four (4) years in five (5) stages. Each stage of training is unique and dedicated to providing the apprentice with a level of competence in line with the apprentice’s progress through their apprenticeship and industry expectation. Each stage is of varying duration based on the number of competencies being delivered and assessed. As the training and assessment are competency-based it may be possible for the apprentice to complete their training sooner if they demonstrate the required skill level during the stage being delivered.

Resources will be required upon commencement of training. Find out more.

This is a nationally recognised accredited course.

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Career Opportunities

This qualification covers the skills and knowledge required to perform a range of skills at trade-level for those working in furniture making and those involved in the manufacture and installation of fitted furniture typically in a kitchen, bathroom and related context. Installation skills may be applied to new or renovation work.

Structure & Availability

Standard Course Structure (Apprentices Only)


This course is for apprentices only.  Apprenticeships are typically delivered within a 4 year period.

Apprentice Group Core

Unit CodeUnit Name
MSFFM2001Use furniture making sector hand and power tools
MSFGN2001Make measurements and calculations
MSMENV272Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSMSUP106Work in a team
MSFGN3001Read and interpret work documents

Apprentice electives

Unit CodeUnit Name
MSFFM2002Assemble furnishing components
MSFFM2003Select and apply hardware
MSFFM2011Apply manufactured board conversion techniques
MSFFM3019Set up, operate and maintain automated edge banding machines
MSFKB2001Prepare for cabinet installation
MSFFM3005Fabricate custom furniture
MSFFM3010Prepare cutting list from plans and job specifications
MSFGN3002Estimate and cost job
MSFKB3002Determine requirements for installation of cabinets
MSFKB3003Check and measure fit of cabinets
MSFKB3004Conduct on-site adjustments to cabinets and components
MSFKB3005Fabricate cabinets for the built-in environment
MSFKB3006Install fitted cabinets and components
MSFFF2006Apply surface coatings by spray gun
MSFFM3003Produce angled and curved furniture using manufactured board
MSFFM3011Measure and draw site layout for manufactured furniture products
MSFFM3012Set up, operate and maintain sawing machines
MSFFM3013Set up, operate and maintain drilling machines
MSFFM3015Set up, operate and maintain planing and finishing machines
TLID0021Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances
CPCWHS1001Prepare to work safely in the construction industry

Standard Course Structure (FFS Only)


This course is for Fee for Service (FFS) students (e.g. Skills test, apprentices wishing to do extra units under FFS).

Standard Course Structure (Apprentices Only)

2023On-campus, Rockhampton City

Apprentices can be accepted throughout the year. Training dates are structured upon intake.

This course has no residential schools.


Completion of the bksb (Basic Key Skills Builder) online literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolment, unless the student has completed an equal or higher level course.

This course is for apprenticeship training only. Students must be employed as apprentices in a relevant industry.

Completion of the bksb (Basic Key Skills Builder) online literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolment, unless the student has completed an equal or higher level course.

There are no other entry requirements.

Fees & Scholarships

2023 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Fee for service$20,720
Fee for service per unit$740

Queensland Government subsidies are available for eligible applicants to greatly reduce the cost of apprentice and trainee training.

User Choice funding provides a contribution that reduces the cost of training. Eligible apprentices and trainees will be charged $1.60 per nominal hour. Concession rates apply for students who hold a current Health Care Card or who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

Free apprenticeships for under 25s will cover the cost of training for employers who commence an eligible new apprentice or trainee, or already have an existing apprentice or trainee aged under 25. Find out more.

For further information please refer to the VET student fees price lists, eligibility criteria applies for subsidised funding. If you are unsure, please call us on 13 27 86.

At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

How to apply

Traineeships and apprenticeships need to be secured with an employer before you can start your study. Your employer will then work with CQUniversity on the training program that is right for you. If you would like to become an apprentice or trainee, visit the Australian Government Australian Apprenticeships website.