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MSF20516 VETDSS - Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways~

Course description

*At the completion of this VETDSS course students will gain a partial qualification only.

Are you currently attending secondary school and looking to enter the furnishing, cabinet making and joinery industries? Do you want to get a taste of the cabinetry trade before undertaking an apprenticeship? Then this course is for you.

This pre-apprenticeship course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to manufacture and assist with installing 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 teamwork. When you complete the course, you may gain credit towards your VCE.

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

Work placement/industry experience

10 days of work placement over two years is strongly recommended. This may occur during the term holidays.

The sourcing of placement will be the joint responsibility of the secondary school, the student and the Local Learning and Employment Network.

~ 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

How to apply

You must first speak to your school about VETDSS before proceeding with the below application.

  1. View the application requirements to find out what documents you will need to complete your application or watch our how to apply video.
  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.

Applications & attendance

2023 VET Full Year
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 16 Aug 2022
Close: 6 Mar 2023 
Class DayDelivered East Geelong Campus
Part-time: 2 years  Apply  
2023 VET Full Year
Werribee (area) 
Open: 16 Aug 2022
Close: 6 Mar 2023 
Class DayDelivered Thomas Carr Trade Training Cen
Part-time: 2 years  Apply  
2023 VET Full Year
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 16 Aug 2022
Close: 6 Mar 2023 
Class DayIntake Only for Gordon VCE Student
Part-time: 2 years  Apply  


Unfortunately we cannot always guarantee you will secure a place in your selected course. We recommend you apply early.

  • Aged 15 years and over
  • Must be attending Secondary School

The Gordon is committed to ensuring all students have access to the educational and support services they may need while studying. We do this by carrying out a pretraining review that is integrated with the application and enrolment process. For most courses, this review also includes a short literacy and numeracy assessment relevant to the course. The outcomes of the pretraining review assist our teachers and trainers to better understand each student’s capabilities prior to training and enable all students to be matched to the right program for them.

Applicants are expected to have an appropriate literacy and numeracy level equivalent to the successful completion of year 9.

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

  • Secondary school referral
  • Via the VETDSS department

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 electives listed are those delivered by the Gordon but you may not be required to complete all of these to successfully complete this qualification. In order to clarify what is required to complete this qualification, please check

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on projects
  • Written assignments

  • CPC31912 Certificate III in Joinery
  • MSF31113 Certificate III in Cabinet Making
  • CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

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: 30/01/2023 4:02:30 PM