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MSF31113 - Certificate III in Cabinet Making


At a glance

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 is 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.

Study Mode On-campus
Units/Credits 28 units
Availability Mackay, Ooralea; Rockhampton, City On-campus
DurationSee Availabilities
Intake Dates See Availabilities
Full course cost $16,688.00 (2019)

For JM Kelly employees: this qualification is delivered in partnership with JM Kelly Pty Ltd.  Employees should contact:

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.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

  1. Students will receive a Result of Assessment within 21 days of completion of each unit/module or within 21 days of the ‘close of study’ date.
  2. Students who successfully complete all required units/modules will receive their qualification and an Academic Statement itemising all units/modules successfully completed.
  3. Following receipt of written advice from the student (or teacher) that the student does not intend to complete the full course, the student will be issued with a Statement of Attainment listing all units/modules successfully completed.

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.

Entry Requirements

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

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Is what I already know taken into account?

Yes. Your history of study, skills and experience does matter. Consideration is given to your prior life and work experiences as well as formal and informal training. This may be applied using the national standard for Mutual Recognition or through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Documentary evidence will be requested.

Structure and assessment


Standard Course Structure (Apprentices Only)

Core units

  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices(MSMENV272)
  • Communicate in the workplace(MSMSUP102)
  • Work in a team(MSMSUP106)
  • Use furniture making sector hand and power tools(MSFFM2001)
  • Make measurements and calculations(MSFGN2001)
  • Read and interpret work documents(MSFGN3001)

Electives units

  • Prepare to work safely in the construction industry(CPCCWHS1001)
  • Assemble furnishing components(MSFFM2002)
  • Fabricate custom furniture(MSFFM3005)
  • Identify processes in kitchen and bathroom projects(MSFKB3001)
  • Determine requirements for installation of cabinets(MSFKB3002)
  • Check and measure fit of cabinets(MSFKB3003)
  • Conduct on-site adjustments to cabinets and components(MSFKB3004)
  • Fabricate cabinets for the built-in environment(MSFKB3005)
  • Install fitted cabinets and components(MSFKB3006)
  • Select and apply hardware(MSFFM2003)
  • Apply manufactured board conversion techniques(MSFFM2011)
  • Prepare cutting list from plans and job specifications(MSFFM3010)
  • Set up, operate and maintain computer numerically controlled (CNC) sizing machines(MSFFM3021)
  • Estimate and cost job(MSFGN3002)
  • Apply surface coatings by spray gun(MSFFF2006)
  • Produce angled and curved furniture using manufactured board(MSFFM3003)
  • Measure and draw site layout for manufactured furniture products(MSFFM3011)
  • Set up, operate and maintain sawing machines(MSFFM3012)
  • Set up, operate and maintain planing and finishing machines(MSFFM3015)
  • Set up, operate and maintain automated edge banding machines(MSFFM3019)
  • Handle dangerous goods/hazardous substances(TLID2003A)

Study Sequence

To view more information about these units, as well as the suggested study plan, please visit the handbook.


Please register your interest through the link below and we will contact you with further details.

Fees and scholarships


Full course cost: $16688.00 (2019)

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.

The Queensland Government determines the schedule set by CQUniversity. Additional fees may be charged for printed materials, protective clothing and tools etc. A full copy of all regulations associated with VET fees can be accessed from the Queensland Government Legislation website.

All fees must be paid to finalise enrolment or a payment arrangement entered into. You will be liable for all payments, even if you discontinue enrolment, subject to the Refund Policy. Debt recovery action will be taken to recover outstanding fees. Please select from the following:

  • VET Student Loans
    VET Student Loans will commence from 1 January 2017 and is an interest free Australian Government income contingency loan that assists eligible full fee paying students to pay their Tuition Fees.
  • VET Government funded programs
    The cost of these programs is based on a student contribution fee. A concession may be available in some situations. Additional resource/material costs will vary from program to program.
  • VET fee-for-service programs (full fee paying)
    These are competitively priced full-fee paying programs which do not attract concessions.

Price lists


Please refer to the scholarship pages for more information.

How to Apply

How do I secure an apprenticeship or traineeship?

Traineeships and apprenticeships need to be secured with an employer before you can start your study. Your employer will then work with CQUniversity to pull together 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 and follow the steps to become an apprentice.

For further information

If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 13 27 86.

You can also register your interest to stay up-to-date with course developments, application timelines and events happening in your area.

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Key dates

30 APR
Online Chat Session
23 MAY
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