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Next available intakes:

July, February

Course length:

Full Time: 6 months , Part Time: 1 year



The Certificate II in Furniture Making is designed for people wishing to enter the furniture and building trades.

Learn about industry safety, timber joints and construction in one of Victoria's leading furniture making workshops and graduate with the skills required to operate hand and power tools.

Job prospects for students who complete this course are excellent.

You will have the skills to find employment in the furniture, cabinet making, furniture design, wood machining, joinery, shopfitting and building industries.

Students who successfully complete this course and go on to find employment as apprentices may be provided with credit for some of the units completed in this course.

You’ll learn to build high-quality furniture in this practical pre-apprenticeship course (external link). We'll ensure you're ready to enter the trades industry by introducing you to a range of basic production skills including:

use of hand and power tools
making measurements and calculations
timber joining
furniture assembly
finishing and surface coating.
You’ll also learn about workplace safety and environmentally-sustainable work practices.

When you graduate from this course, you’ll have a broad understanding of the industry and be prepared to choose your career path. You’ll have the skills and knowledge to gain employment as an apprentice and undertake further study such as the Certificate III in Cabinet Making.

This is a Free TAFE course 

Students who are eligible for Victorian Government subsidised training may not have to pay course tuition fees when they enrol in a Free TAFE course.

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Turning inspirations into reality  

"The facilities in the workshop are really great and I just look forward to coming in to class every day." – Carolyn, Furniture Design student.

Read more about Carolyn's story here


Course structure

To receive this qualification you must complete five core units and eight elective units.

Elective units have been chosen by Holmesglen based on feedback from industry and staff qualifications.

If you have already completed other eligible elective units, these may be counted towards completion of this program.


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards





Use furniture making sector hand and power tools


Make measurements and calculations


Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Communicate in the workplace


Work in a team


Prepare surfaces for finishing


Apply surface coatings by spray gun


Hand make timber joints


Set up and operate basic static machines


Produce angled and curved furniture using solid timber


Adapt to work in industry


Work safely


Apply quality standards

Code Name
MSFFM2001Use furniture making sector hand and power tools
MSFGN2001Make measurements and calculations
MSMENV272Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSMSUP102Communicate in the workplace
MSMSUP106Work in a team
MSFFF2004Prepare surfaces for finishing
MSFFF2006Apply surface coatings by spray gun
MSFFM2006Hand make timber joints
MSFFM2010Set up and operate basic static machines
MSFFM3004Produce angled and curved furniture using solid timber
MSMPCI101Adapt to work in industry
MSMWHS200Work safely
MSS402051Apply quality standards

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.

Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview. These will assist with determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.


You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.



On completion you will receive the MSF20313 Certificate II in Furniture Making.


After you successfully complete this course you may continue your studies in the following apprenticeships/courses:
- MSF31113 Certificate III Cabinet Making - Furniture Making stream or Kitchen and Bathroom stream

-  CPC31912 Certificate III Joinery,

-  CPC31812 Certificate III Shopfitting

- CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry 

- MSF40213 Certificate IV in Furniture Design and Technology.


- apprentice cabinet maker
- apprentice furniture maker
- assistant cabinet maker
- assistant installer (built-in cabinets for kitchens/bathrooms)
- production operator (within cabinet making enterprise).

How to apply


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Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.

Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.




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Government subsidised




Holmesglen tuition fees shown are all inclusive and indicative of the cost to complete the entire course.
These are indicative fees only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

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Furniture and Upholstery Open Days

If you are curious about furniture making but not sure if it is right for you; or if you want to get the skills and industry experience to set your self up for an apprenticeship, a Certificate II might be the first step. A pre-apprenticeship program is designed to teach you the basic skills required by industry, You'll get a taste of what the apprenticeship will involve as well as what working in the field is really like. By completing a pre-apprenticeship you'll also reduce the length of your apprenticeship. Visit us on Open Day at 6.30pm for a formal presentation highlighting the unique elements and importance of each of the building trades. Following the presentation there will be a tour across each of the trades workshops with teachers available to answer any specific questions.

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Holmesglen Chadstone Campus, Batesford Road Chadstone 3148 Australia

Holmesglen�s certificate III in Upholstery, Auto and Marine Trimming and Furniture Finishing courses give students a comprehensive training in all practical and theoretical aspects. Whether you seek an apprenticeship or you want to gain skills through our �on campus� programs not requiring an employer, join us for an introduction and develop a taste for our programs. Visit us on Open Day at 6.30pm for a formal presentation highlighting the unique elements and benefits of each trade. Following the presentation there will be a tour across each of the trades workshops with teachers available to answer any specific questions.

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Holmesglen Chadstone Campus, Batesford Road Chadstone 3148 Australia

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