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Craft a career in cabinet making

As a Cabinet Maker you will make and assemble furniture from solid timber, flat-panel or timber-based products. With our Certificate III you can specialise in particular areas such as reproduction of antique furniture, kitchen fittings, bedroom suites, office furniture, dining suites, shop fittings and occasional furniture. Course details

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 Joe Lam

Certificate III in Carpentry

I chose TAFE Queensland because it offered the carpentry course I wanted and I had heard a lot of good feedback from past students. My experience at TAFE Queensland has been a positive one. The teachers and staff are very friendly and helpful and the teachers are very knowledgeable. I would recommend TAFE Queensland to other international students as I’ve received a high quality education here.

Joe Lam
Certificate III in Carpentry
TAFE Queensland SkillsTech

Practical skills, international qualifications.

Daniel, Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical

Daniel has had an interest in cars since he was a kid. He came to TAFE Queensland SkillsTech to get practical, real world skills to launch his automotive career. He loves the wonderful weather in Brisbane and spends his spare time playing soccer with friends he’s made from around the world.

Key dates

Provider CRICOS/RTO Code Program CRICOS Code Location Workload Delivery Key Date

TAFE Queensland SkillsTech

CRICOS 02014M | RTO 31396

094482K Acacia Ridge Full Time Classroom 10/07/2017

Entry requirements

  • English Language Proficiency: IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or ISLPR 2+ on all skills or other - For a list of all English Language test accepted by TAFE Queensland International
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 10 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. For more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.

Students should be a minimum of 18 years of age. Student visa applicants under the age of 18 will be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. This arrangement requires the approval of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.  For more information visit Department of Immigration and Border Protection - Welfare Requirements For Student Visa Applicants under 18.


Acacia Ridge
247 Bradman St
Acacia Ridge QLD 4110

Resources required

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Personal protective equipment:

  • safety glasses - students must wear these at all times in the workshop, or any eye hazard area as specified by the teacher
  • protective footwear - covered uppers, steel capped toes and non-slip shoes to AS2210
  • ear protection - ear muffs or ear plugs that conform to the Australian Standard AS 1269 or 1270.
  • hair protection - long hair (i.e. hair below collar length) must be restrained (hat, headband, or hair tie)
  • protective clothing (100% cotton drill) - sleeved cotton work wear or employer supplied unifrom must be worn at all times

Students failing to meet these minimum standards of dress will not be permitted entry in to practical classes.

Materials list:

  • training record book
  • scale rule: metric 1:1, 1:2, 1:5, 1:10
  • set square:  60°, 30°, 45° (size 8 or 10)
  • folding meter rule (carpenters)
  • metre scale 8 m tape
  • pens
  • pencil HB, 2H and 4H
  • eraser
  • pencil sharpener
  • calculator (non-scientific is fine)

Courses may require different resources, depending on your study location.


Monday to Wednesday 7.30 am – 3.00 pm


Some qualifications require students to participate in vocational placement to successfully complete and achieve their TAFE Queensland award. If vocational placement is a course requirement it will be organised by your School/Faculty and you will be provided with all the information you need to prepare. Remember you are responsible for ensuring you have met all the requirements to participate in vocational placement.

Students are required to complete 400 hours of Vocational Placement as an essential and mandatory component of this qualification. The qualification will not be issued until all required Vocational Placement hours are completed.

During these placements, you may become familiar with information that is confidential to that workplace (for example financial or business affairs, personal affairs and family background of staff and clients, technical information, trade secrets, know-how, formulae, processes, ideas, and inventions). You must not divulge any confidential information that you become aware of during a placement. Breaches of confidentiality will be considered to be acts of behavioural misconduct and may result in disciplinary action.


To achieve this qualification you will need to complete 28 units:
Core Competencies: 6
Elective Competencies: 22

MSMSUP102 Communicate in the workplace Core
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices Core
MSMSUP106 Work in a team Core
MSFFM2001 Use furniture making sector hand and power tools Core
MSFGN2001 Make measurements and calculations Core
MSFGN3001 Read and interpret work documents Core
MSAPMOHS200A Work safely Elective
MSFFM2010 Set up and operate basic static machines Elective
MSFFM3010 Prepare cutting list from plans and job specifications Elective
MSFFM3008 Select timbers for furniture production Elective
MSFFM3012 Set up, operate and maintain sawing machines Elective
MSFFM2002 Assemble furnishing components Elective
MSFFM2006 Hand make timber joints Elective
MSFFM2004 Apply sheet laminates by hand Elective
MSFFM3009 Produce manual and computer-aided production drawings Elective
MSFFM3022 Set up, operate and maintain computer numerically controlled (CNC) machining and processing centres Elective
MSFFM2011 Apply manufactured board conversion techniques Elective
MSFFM3019 Set up, operate and maintain automated edge banding machines Elective
MSFFM3003 Produce angled and curved furniture using manufactured board Elective
MSFFM3004 Produce angled and curved furniture using solid timber Elective
MSFFM3011 Measure and draw site layout for manufactured furniture products Elective
MSFKB3003 Check and measure fit of cabinets Elective
MSFGN3002 Estimate and cost job Elective
MSFKB3002 Determine requirements for installation of cabinets Elective
MSFKB3005 Fabricate cabinets for the built-in environment Elective
MSFKB3006 Install fitted cabinets and components Elective
MSFFM2003 Select and apply hardware Elective
MSFKB3004 Conduct on-site adjustments to cabinets and components Elective


Not all electives available at all campuses.

The course cost indicated is for students on an international student visa. If you are visiting Australia on a non-student visa, (e.g. partner visa, working holiday, employer sponsor etc.) please contact us directly for the price applicable to you.


Location Cost Duration
Acacia Ridge, SkillsTech $21,000 2 Years

Additional costs

Please note you may be required to pay for text books and personal protective clothing and equipment such as safety boots etc. (approx. AUD $350)


MSF31113 Certificate III in Cabinet Making

Job prospects

  • Cabinetmaker

 Joe Lam

Certificate III in Carpentry

I chose TAFE Queensland because it offered the carpentry course I wanted and I had heard a lot of good feedback from past students. My experience at TAFE Queensland has been a positive one. The teachers and staff are very friendly and helpful and the teachers are very knowledgeable. I would recommend TAFE Queensland to other international students as I’ve received a high quality education here.

Joe Lam
Certificate III in Carpentry
TAFE Queensland SkillsTech

Apply now

Applying to TAFE Queensland International is easy. You can submit an application at any time, but get in early as positions are limited!
Before you apply, make sure that you check that you meet the specific academic and language requirements for your chosen course.
The application process

To support your application, please supply your supporting documents.
These include:

Read the student rules and refund policy.


If your application is successful, we will send you an Offer of Place letter. To accept it and secure your place in your chosen program, you will need to:

After you have accepted your Offer of Place, you will receive your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and with your CoE you can apply for your student visa. You will need to arrange your student visa before you come to Australia.

Please note that International Orientation day is compulsory. Students must attend the International Orientation Day before commencing their studies with TAFE Queensland.


At the beginning of each semester orientation events are hosted across TAFE Queensland locations.

TAFE Queensland recommends you arrive two weeks prior to your course start date to allow time to organise and settle into your accommodation and prepare for your studies.

International Orientation which is usually conducted the week before study commences will help answer many of your questions about studying with TAFE Queensland. This comprehensive orientation covers many important topics including

  • Living in Queensland and understanding our Australian culture
  • Accommodation
  • Banking
  • Transport
  • Student safety
  • Learning support
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), insurance and medical needs
  • Student Support Services at TAFE Queensland Brisbane

Program specific orientations are also conducted one week prior to the start of study. This is an opportunity for you to meet your teachers and classmates, get to know your campus, and familiarise yourself with your study schedule. International Orientation details are emailed to you prior to commencing your studies or they can be accessed via the Orientation Schedule

Last updated on 20 March 2017

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