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MSF20516 Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways~

Next intake VET Full Year 2024
LocationsEast Geelong Campus
Duration Part-time: Delivered in VETDSS area only

Course description

Are you looking to enter the construction industry, or get a taste for the cabinetry trade before undertaking an apprenticeship? 

This pre-apprenticeship course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to manufacture and assist with the installation of free-standing furniture or built-in cabinets. You will also learn to assist in the installation or renovation of kitchens and bathrooms and other fitted/free standing cabinets  involving collaboration with others and team work. Unfortunately this qualification does not cover shopfitting.

Once you secure an apprenticeship contract with an employer, you can continue your training as an apprentice in cabinet making, specialising in furniture, or kitchens and bathrooms.

If you are a Gordon VCE student

This course is offered to Gordon VCE students one day per week. To APPLY, select the VCE ONLY apply button below. As you will be studying in conjunction with VCE the entry requirements, learning outcomes and assessments differ. This course may be delivered under VETDSS as a partial qualification. Fees APPLY for this course – see the Fees section below.

~ This course is in transition.

The course code, title, units and content may change in future. Further information will be provided on The Gordon website, upon enrolment and/or during the course of your training.

Possible career outcomes

  • Apprentice cabinet maker or joiner
  • Sales representative in kitchen/bathroom industry
  • Production operator in a cabinet making enterprise

Applications & attendance

How to apply

  1. Follow our instructions for how to apply for a course.
  2. Apply online by selecting an intake from the Applications & attendance table below.

If you need help, visit Customer Service or request application support via email.
Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

2024 VET Full Year
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 12 Mar 2024 
Class DayIntake Only for Gordon VCE Student
Part-time: Delivered in VETDSS area only  Apply  


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course.

  • Applicants must be 16 years and over at the time of course commencement.
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 10 or Year 11 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 2.
  • Any student under the age of 17 must provide an Exemption from School form prior to undertaking the course.

  • Applicants must be attending Secondary School.  
  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

In order to prepare for your LLN, you may wish to attempt some practise tests in which you will find similar questions (with solutions too). These practice tests are not VSL approved but may be similar in question type and level of difficulty to what may be asked in the VSL approved LLN. Click here for practice tests. Please note, the VSL approved LLN cannot be resat within 3 months of undertaking it.

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Units Code Hours
Demonstrate care and apply safe practices at work MSMPCI103 30
Develop a career plan for the furnishing industry MSFFP2002 30
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices MSMENV272 30
Elective Units Code Hours
Assemble furnishing components MSFFM2002 20
Join furnishing materials MSFFP2005 10
Make measurements and calculations MSFGN2001 30
Make simple timber joints MSFFP2006 40
Organise And Communicate Information MEM16006A 20
Prepare surfaces MSFFP2003 24
Undertake a basic furniture making project MSFFP2001 100
Use furniture making sector hand and power tools MSFFM2001 40
Work in a team MSMSUP106 30


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on projects
  • Written assignments

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their one Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.49 per hour 404 AUD $198.00 AUD $4,305.00
Standard Tuition AUD $2.47 per hour 404 AUD $998.00 AUD $4,305.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $14.31 per hour 404 AUD $5,781.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Education Levy AUD $60.60
Materials for first year AUD $160.00 once
Materials for second year AUD $180.00 once
Tools AUD $30.00 once per year


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

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Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 20/11/2023 4:14:09 PM