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MSF30322 Certificate III in Cabinet Making and Timber Technology(Kitchens & Bathrooms)

Building Trades

Next intake Ongoing 2024
LocationsEast Geelong Campus
ApprenticeshipFull-time: 4 yrs

Course description

Are you looking to start a cabinet making apprenticeship? This trade-level qualification designed for apprentices will give you the skills to specialise in cabinet or furniture making. You will learn measurements and calculations, environmentally sustainable work practices, to estimate and cost jobs, how to use hand and power tools, manual and computer-aided production drawings, manufacture of fitted furniture, installation of fitted furniture, manufacture of free-standing furniture, and applying stains, polishes and decorative finishes.

Possible career outcomes

  • Cabinet maker - furniture
  • Cabinet maker - kitchens and bathrooms

Applications & attendance

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants

To become an apprentice or trainee, you will first need to find an employer willing to employ you. An Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider can assist you with this and will also start your application and enrolment process. Find a local provider here

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2024 Ongoing
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 15 Dec 2024 
Class DayTimetable supplied once admitted
Apprenticeship:Full-time: 4 yrs    
2025 Ongoing
East Geelong Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2024
Close: 15 Dec 2025 
Class DayTimetable supplied once admitted
Apprenticeship:Full-time: 4 yrs    


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. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 10 or Year 11 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 2.

  • 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.

Work placement requirements

  • Applicants recruited by employers must generally require year 10 or 11, however, many prefer year 12.  

Apprenticeship and traineeship requirements

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants must be currently employed under a training contract and referred by their employer.

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 .

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
Communicate in the workplace MSMSUP102 20
Make measurements and calculations MSFGN2001 30
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices MSMENV272 30
Prepare cutting lists from design and production documentation MSFFM3031 16
Produce manual and computer-aided production drawings MSFFM3030 60
Read and interpret work documents MSFGN3005 24
Use furniture making hand and power tools MSFFM2013 40
Work in a team MSMSUP106 30
Elective Units Code Hours
Apply surface coatings by spray gun MSFFF2014 60
Assemble furnishing products MSFFM2019 20
Determine and document requirements for cabinetry installation MSFFM3041 48
Estimate and cost job MSFGN3006 16
Fabricate cabinetry MSFFM3042 80
Install cabinetry MSFFM3043 50
Operate basic static machines safely MSFFM2018 56
Prepare for cabinetry installation MSFKB2003 12
Produce angled and curved components using solid timber MSFFM3027 64
Select and apply hardware MSFFM2014 16
Set up operate and maintain automated edge banding machines MSFFM3038 60
Set up operate and maintain computer numerically controlled (CNC) machining and processing centres MSFFM3045 80
Set up operate and maintain planing and finishing machines MSFFM3035 40
Set up operate and maintain routing and shaping machines MSFFM3037 60
Set up operate and maintain sawing machines MSFFM3032 24
Store and handle dangerous goods and hazardous substances TLID0021 40
Work safely MSMWHS200 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
  • Exam

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their 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 $0.66 per hour 1006 AUD $664.00 AUD $15,732.00
Standard Tuition AUD $3.30 per hour 1006 AUD $3,320.00 AUD $15,732.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $18.88 per hour 1006 AUD $18,993.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $875.00
Education Levy AUD $150.90
Resource Fees AUD $240.00 Once


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.

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: 19/06/2024 12:01:05 PM